I have had the Naughty Secretary Bag pattern bookmarked for ages and it is how I initially became acquainted with the blog Sew Sweetness and its author, Sara Lawson. I love the details of the design and like that it is a step above an ordinary tote bag.
I am glad that I waited a while to make this bag because I finally came up with the idea to use QAYG panels to construct the exterior bag. I chose black, white, and gray scraps to make the panels and added a square of Echino Buck fabric in fuschia to match a yard of pink twill I had picked up at Joann's ages ago.
QAYG is time consuming but it was fun and adds so much structure to the bag without fussing with lots of interfacing. Here's a picture of the back:
Some side shots:
I made a few changes to the pattern to make this bag my own: I added a zipper to the top, peltex to the bottom of the exterior and lining, and spaced the handles a little farther apart than instructed. It's a great bag!
I love that it all came from stash too: I only had to buy the zipper.
I am entering this into the Sew Sweetness Bag Contest at Sew Mama Sew: