Even though summer is in full swing now, I still love the fall colors on this bag from weiswomen. Plus the pleat looks just perfect!
And another pretty version from weiswomen.
Sarabethe didn't use a contrasting fabric for her band or strap, and I love how it looks. I especially like her interior fabrics.
You've still got plenty of time to get your bag done by the end of the month, even if you haven't started yet. This one comes together fairly quickly, and like Sarabethe above, I think my biggest struggle was getting the strap turned out the right way. My best advice is to follow the instructions to leave an opening in the middle of the strap (seemed weird to me, and I'm glad I went against my gut not to do it that way), and use a smaller seam allowance. Using 1/2 inch seam allowance leaves you with a pretty narrow strap that's difficult to turn right-side-out. It's not impossible, but I wish I had just used 1/4 inch allowance instead to make it just a bit wider.
Until next time...