You’d think I had more than enough project bags by now. Apparently you’d be thinking wrong. A few weeks ago I was browsing around on Instagram when I came across the most awesome Golden Girls project bag. I was in love! I went through the tags and eventually found the seller on Etsy … and my heart sank. It was just way too expensive for me. Actually, it wasn’t really that expensive originally, but with the exchange rate and shipping to Canada it would have ended up at more than $50.
So I did some more searching and found the source of the fabric. Spoonflower is this great website where people can design and sell their own fabric, wallpaper, and gift-wrap. It’s the go-to place to look for fabric inspired by fandoms, and that’s where I found the Golden Girls fabric alysnpunderland designed. I was able to get two fat quarters of fabric (I only needed one FQ for this bag; I also got some sweet SuperWhoLock fabric, but that’s another project for another day) for less than $30, including shipping.
I went to my stash for the extra materials and set to work on my very own project bag.
To be totally honest, I like my version better than the original one I saw on Etsy. The corners are crisper, the handle is wider, I switched the fabric’s orientation, and I think my lining better matches the Golden Girls fabric. Plus it was a fraction of the cost of the Etsy bag and I got an afternoon’s enjoyment from the process.
I used the same Truly Myrtle box bag tutorial I’ve used a few times in the past. It’s a great pattern with lots of detailed step-by-step pictures.
The best part of this pattern is how neatly it encloses everything – not a seam in sight.
I even have the perfect yarn in mind to break in my new project bag. This hank of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (in Queen Anne, I think the colour might have been discontinued) reminds me of the peachy tones of the Golden Girls living room set.