To begin, I wanted to do some straight line quilting on the animal fabric. Time to dig out the guide bar from my machine's accessory kit:
The guide bar attaches to the needle bar of the machine, and the length is adjustable. ( I set mine for about 2 inches.) To start, I pinned the fabric to a piece of batting and secured it with one line of quilting along the far right edge. For my first row of quilting, I eased the guide bar along the first line of stitches and my new stitches were automatically lined up about 2 inches to the left.
For my next row of quilting, I eased the guide bar along the previous stitching line and my new stitches were automatically lined up about 2 inches to the left of that one.
For the interior of the bag, I followed my own tutorial for making an easy peasy pocket.
For the handles, and some other helpful totemaking tips, I referred back to another blog post from the past. (Both blog posts were written back in 2009! 😁 )
I found a nice wooden button for the closure, and here is how it turned out:
In keeping with the "safari" theme, I added in a kids color-by-number coloring book with a cute lion on the cover:
Ready for their closeup!