A Teflon foot is the same as a regular sewing machine foot but it has a Teflon backing so that vinyl-like fabric don't stick to the metal as you are sewing. I have to say it works great! I had tried to sew vinyl with a regular foot and it was a nightmare. It would stick and the fabric would bunch up. Yuck! With this Teflon foot, it was a breeze!
So the pattern is mine. I designed the bag thinking of what I'd like in a bag once the hot weather rolled around. I wanted room for towels, books and snacks. I wanted compartments for phones and wallets. I hate rooting for those things in over sized bags. I wanted a strap long enough to drape over my shoulder. Oh! And an outside pockets for car keys and water bottle. So I made my sketches and then decided what had to be done first, wrote it all down.
It worked! (I am always a little surprised I can pull this off! lol) I love my bag and the fabric has such cool colors for the summer.
I even sewn the sides with the WS together so as to have the edges sticking out and the insides all neat. I added binding to the sides finishing them quite neatly. This idea was inspired by this blogger who did a whole series on making bags. Great stuff. http://www.ikatbag.com/p/tutorials.html The bottom photo shows the inside pocket that runs the length of the bag. I'm proud of this creation. It'll be useful and pretty. I learned something about binding along the way. The wider the binding the easier it is to sew on the edge. I can't wait to try it at the beach!