It is hard to tell in this picture, but the bag is quite large. I used Hometown fabric by Sweetwater from Moda. I love this fabric! The funny thing is, I actually bought this fabric months ago (Thanksgiving weekend) in a scrap bundle by accident when I meant to buy another collection by Sweetwater.
After I got home and unrolled the jelly roll, I realized I had the wrong collection. Oh well, I wasn't even familiar with this collection but I loved it because of all the cities and family oriented words. Nonetheless, I set it aside to work on something else and spent the next few weeks looking for yardage
When I started to make this bag, I started with a pattern but frankly in the end I drifted far away from the original look. The original bag had charm squares at the bottom, a band across the center and solid at the top. I obviously did solid at the bottom and vertical strip piecing at the top. When you look at the verticle pieces, you'll notice the widths are random, that is because I used the strip as it came in the bundle.
I only had one strip of the city print so I placed it front and center on the bag it was my favorite out of the bundle.
Finding fabric for the lining was difficult because I could not get the reds, greys or creams to match. In the end, I found this newsprint looking print from Mama Said Sew (which was the original collection I was after) at my LQS. The MSS print matched beauitifully. I made a pocket for the inside of the bag using some strips and included the selvages. I love how the pocket, which no one can see turned out.