Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cosmo Bag Complete!

Today I finished the Cosmo Bag for Jemellia's Sewing Challenge Month One. This bag was much more difficult than I anticipated it would be and I made a few mistakes along the way but overall, I am thrilled with how it turned out!

In doing the outside of the bag I accidentally put the handles on incorrectly and didn't discover my mistake until I had topstitched and clipped the insides of my curves. Let me tell you - I wanted to cry. It took me HOURS to undo all those stitches and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to match things up correctly - but somehow things worked out. Like I said, my bag may not be perfect, it may not even be close to as good as some of the others in the challenge but I don't care. I'm not going to compare myself or my Cosmo bag to anyone else. I'm just so happy that I have a complete bag and I will be absolutely proud to carry it around with me.
This bag is completely lined and has four pockets on the inside and two pockets on the outside side panels.

I have never sewn anything other than straight lines for blankets and dog beds - and dogs don't care if your seams aren't straight. ;)
Amy Butler lists this as an "Easy" project and while that may be true for a more experienced sewer, I don't think that it was easy for a beginner.
My suggestions for improvements in the ease of this project would more pictures along with the directions and directions that didn't have you referring back and forth for the lining part. Although with a book there is limited space, I think I would have settled for one or two less projects to have more illustrations and lengthier directions for the actual sewing.
Let me know what you think of my project!


  1. I LOVE IT! You did an amazing job Lisa! I know what you mean about they say it is easy .............HELLO! You just have to figure it and read and reread over and over and the just do the best you can........ BRAVO! I can't believe that is the first time you have made something other than straight seam sewing. A+

  2. You did a super job, LISA -- very pretty-- so proud of YOU@! How are your little fab 4? Is Niles back to normal?? Xo

  3. I am laughing as I write this...
    50 pieces were cut from the pattern...
    I read pleat the fabric...but how?

    I am struggling and struggling.
    So glad yours looks so fab...
    Send me prayers!


  4. I feel your pain but love the results. Like life...

  5. I found your blog looking for help on this cosmo bag. I have sewn several Amy Butler patterns but am stuck on this very complicated one. Your bag looks great in your photos. Well done!


  6. I love your bag! It looks as good as any of them! I promise, Feb's is much, much easier!

  7. I'm not sure how to go about the handles. Do you have any pointers??

    This bag is definitely not for beginners in my opinion. I did an "experienced" pattern from the same book and had far less issues than I've had with this one.