Added Nov 12, 2013
This was wa-a-a-a-a-y down on my list of “to make” but it moved smartly to the top when I needed a project in a hurry for The Monthly Stitch, and I’m so glad it did.
I was disappointed when it turned out rather blah, but with the addition of the fun little pocket in the front (which was actually a far dumber idea that it seems, as I added it AFTER I’d sewn the bag together!) it looks quite cute and fresh.
Although I was a bit intimidated by the 2 out of 3 button rating (I’d have gone for half a button skill level, if I could), the pattern was simple and the instructions are clear and even illustrated in a small step-by-step fashion. Just a note, on the instruction regarding the lining, it forgets to tell you to sew in the bottom section. I made it work by sewing the bottom in later after quilting it (which was also a pretty dumb idea, but hey, it seems I’m into them.)
If you’re thinking of a bag as a gift for somebody, this is a great pattern and can be altered very easily, even by a novice like me, into an individualized item. It took me a weekend to trace and cut the pattern, and a long weekend to sew, but that also included some serious error repairs, so I’d guess this is actually a really fast make for most sewcialists.
There are more photos and info over on my blog
Cotton Home Decor fabric for the outer, polyester rayon for the lining.
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