I ended up ordering fabric especially for the bag - Amy Schimler's Party Animals 2, by Robert Kaufman. The Fat Quarter bundle came with some big panels of the animals and I knew I'd find a good way to put them to use.
I auditioned a bunch of different layouts, using the prints in various ways, then made my decisions and started cutting and sewing:
|The start of Jill's Super Shopper|
The outside parts are on the left/front of the photo; the panels out on the leaf of my table are the inside panels (which I lovingly refer to as "bag guts" at this stage).
Jill wanted to be able to shut things to avoid spillage, and expressed interest in big buttons. I had JUST the perfect ones! Here's the plan for the outside:
|Front of bag with VCB. (Very cool button.)|
I broke up some of the prints on the front of the bag with a few of the panel animal prints and used others for inside pockets! They need cool buttons, too, don't you think?
|Bag guts being fitted with buttons and loops|
This fabric is a KICK to work with! So playful and fun! Hopefully, my playful and fun boys will grant me Studio time this afternoon so I can get back to it!
Thanks for reading!