|Yup, it's one of those newfangled collapsible bags that are so popular among plastic bag eschewers. |
Confession: that orange jersey was donated to me, and I was pretty sure that I would never use it.
|This is what the bag looks like when collapsed in on itself. This is not what it looks like with the fabric inside, though. |
It is not a Tardis or a wizarding tent.
She was really so gracious and kind about my little arts-and-crafts bag, not to mention ridiculously fun to hang out with. We traipsed around the Fashion District enabling each others' sewing purchases, talking up a storm about sewing and cats (yes, Walnut managed to sneak into the conversation), and reminding each other that "it's only $1/yard!" at crucial points. All in all a satisfactory day. Anyway, if you would like to be as cool as Oona and also sport this bag, here's how I did it:
|Sorry about doing the whole thing in red pen; it's what I had. Also, gray shading = wrong side of the fabric, and the other colors were just to distinguish between the pieces. Obviously you are allowed to make a non-blue strap and non-pink outer bag.|
Go here to get the download for the Sewasaurus Rex image. In the spirit of full disclosure, this is just the outline of the T.rex from Dinosaur Comics, blown up and traced by me, with the addition of a seam ripper. Once you print it out, you can trace it onto freezer paper with the use of the cheapest lightbox ever: tape and a sunny window.
|Trace onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper.|
|This is what mine looked like while it was drying.|
|That moment when you peel off the freezer paper to reveal the finished image is kind of magical. |
Also, ignore my blotchy paint job. It was only my first time ever making one of these!
|The bag, all sewn up, before I added the drawstring.|
|With the drawstring.|
|This is what the inside looked like. Confession: I used blue because that's the only color where I had the correct combination of fabric paint, seam binding, and suitable ribbon.|
So there you have it -- you, too, can have a collapsible bag that will fit in your purse for spur-of-the-moment fabric buying! And obviously you can put whatever you want on your bag; you don't have to put a seam-ripping dinosaur if you want to say, make a nice one for your mom for Mother's Day.
*At no point did Oona label herself as or act like the cool kid who copies homework. All my insecurities about my self-perceived awkwardness are my own, and Oona is a lovely, lovely person.