While at Market in October, we came across a booth for Sassafras Lane Designs, a mom and daughter duo who’ve created some fun patterns. We saw the Cooper Carry All bag sample and immediately thought that it would make a fabulous gift for those teachers who work so hard to educate our children. We put together a sampling of fabric from the Basic Grey PB & J collection and got to work.
Now that I’ve made the sample, I don’t just think of teachers. This bag is perfect as a diaper bag, a traveling bag to hold everything you need close at hand in the car, a student….I’d love to have one to take to work with me each day to hold my camera, calendar, notepad, and lunch. So many possibilities!
The bag is very well constructed. It provides six exterior pockets, and you can choose how many to include inside. With just four seams, I was able to add six additional pockets to the interior. The pattern calls for a magnetic closure. Both the body and the lining of the bag are backed with fusible fleece, so the bag is sturdy enough to stand on it’s own. The handles also have a layer of fusible fleece, making them soft and comfy on the shoulder. The pieced exterior of the bag is made using the quilt-as-you-go method. I quickly decided that I’m going to be using this easy quilting method is additional projects soon! The finished dimensions are approximately 15″ x 11″ x 3.”
The only change I can suggest on the pattern is one step that wasn’t included. On page three, the lining is attached to the bag exterior. It states: “Sew linings RST at the sides. Layer lining over bag, matching side seams. Sew lining to bag along the top.” On page two, when the bag exterior pieces are sewn together, they are left right sides together. It isn’t mentioned that the bag exterior needs to be turned right side out before it is inserted inside the lining. The rights sides of the bag exterior and the lining must be together in order for it to be sewn together properly.
The Cooper Carry All bag can be purchased in-store or on-line.