When I got up this morning, I was determined to work on the bag until it was finished. I even gave up a chance on our first warm and gorgeous Saturday to go to the annual “Road and River Relay.” I was a woman on a mission. My! What an accomplishment! Putting the lining to the front and back was a doozie. I could not understand the instructions to save my life. Finally, I decided to baste it like I though it was supposed to be sewn and see if it was correct....well, time after time it wasn’t. Finally I got it right. Thinking I would make another one, I took down lots of notes and kept a pictorial journal of each step in the process. Since this is to be a special gift, I was careful to baste all of my seams...and I still had to rip on occasion. When I was in boarding school with the Domican nuns, I can remember Sister Rose Brendan telling me in Home Ec...”Eugenia, if it is worth making, then it is worth ripping. Otherwise quit the project and go and do something else” That was in 1959, and it is still my rule of thumb.
Close ups of the torn braided straps
Close up of strap channel