“A Caterpillar in El Porto” bag
I don’t or seldom make bags and accessories. But I fell for this pattern the first time I saw it. And the fabrics were another one of these occurrences where you know the moment you see the fabric, what you want to turn it into. And since I remembered drooling over Steph’s Hungry Caterpillar Quilt, I snatched these as soon as I saw them here.
Here’s Nancy Langdon’s description of the pattern:
This bag is a new take on the classic duffle. We added interesting pockets on either end of the duffle, as well as roomy pockets along the sides. To that, we made a comfortable sling strap, which is both fashionable and functional, as it includes an integrated media pocket. The sling is at a length for a child to wear over a shoulder or diagonally as a sling bag. For the ladies, El Porto hangs at about elbow length, a length I like, because I can have all my valuables tucked securely under my arm. Before beginning, decide how you would like to design your El Porto: Do you want to include the roomy side pockets? Or leave them off? What kinds of pockets would you like on the ends? The faced cut outs or the circular zipper pockets? Or one of each?
I decided to not separate one of the side pockets and to add a velcro strap instead:
Fully faced pocket end:
Circular zipper cargo pocket and mezzaluna pocket:
Sling strap with media pocket:
Inside with inner security pocket:
I lined all the pieces that could be lined. The pattern comes with two straps, a shorter one for children and a longer one for adults. Should I make it again, I’d definitely use the straps for adults, though I suppose it would make the bag even slouchier. So I might then look for a more rigid interfacing then what I picked here.
This bag disappeared in DM’s bedroom before I had a chance to snap a pic of her with it. She was totally happy about all the pockets and had to go look for some treasures to put inside.