Happy (late) Birthday, Dad!
To go with the Downton Abbey Retreat Bag I made for Karen for her birthday, I made a much manlier version for my dad for his birthday, using the Retreat Bag pattern from Emmaline Bags! He was a fan of the tv show “Home Improvement” with Tim Allen, where the tool brand that always had “more power” was “Binford Tools.” The brand has also made a cameo in a couple of the Toy Story movies, mainly on red toolboxes.
I found the logo online (thank you, Google), and my friend’s mom has an embroidery machine I’d die for, and the software to convert the image to something the embroidery machine could work with – and she did a beautiful job on the embroidery, and got it centered exactly where I wanted it. I was very glad I’d measured correctly on where the side of the bag would end up on the rectangle of fabric I gave her, since I hadn’t even cut the notches out for the bottom, or done any seams yet! I used Robert Kaufmann Essex Linen in “ruby” for the exterior, and instead of making the exterior in two pieces (as the pattern calls for), or three (like I did for Karen’s bag), the outside, interfacing, and fusible fleece are all one piece each, so there’s no bottom seam on the outside to create unnecessary bulk, or any wobble to the bottom. The lining is still done in two pieces, so a gap can be left in the interior bottom to turn the bag right-side out through!
Just like the bag I’d made for Karen, this one has a wire frame in the top that holds it open when unzipped, and turns it into a nice little box when zipped.
I found some great wood grain-patterned fabric for the lining, and some white-on-black tool print for the two inside pockets! (one front, one back)
Rather than trying to get the correct shade of red for the zipper to match the exterior, I opted for a contrasting gray. For these bags, I really like the metal zippers I bought from ZipIt – nice and sturdy, and for a bag like this, I think they look a little more professional than nylon zippers.
Unfortunately, it ended up about a week late, between not getting in touch with anybody about embroidery early enough, and then a couple of nights after I got the finished embroidery back of being too tired to dare cut fabric, but I hope the wait was worth it!