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Birdie Sling for Sister

Added Oct 31, 2008

by christinehar...

Albany, New York...




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So this is the infamous Birdie Sling by Amy Butler. I read up on reviews + comments from the Amy Butler flickr group and also sewing.patternreview.com before I started to see if there were any major adjustments I should make. The general consensus was that this pattern yielded a LARGE bag, typical of the exaggerated sizes of most Amy Butler patterns. And it is indeed large, but it is meant to be and I think it’s a good size for throwing in everything you could possibly want on a late summer day… wallet, phone, book/magazine, sunglasses, sunscreen for us pale Irish folk, mints, a rubber chicken… ya know, whatever.

Overall review:
The pattern was clear and easy to follow. I heard some folks had some trouble on making the guessets, but as they are the secret to my green bag pattern, I didn’t have a tough time with them. The pattern called for fusible fleece, which I couldn’t find, so I got regular sew-in fleece and it turned out just fine.

The trouble I had was with the wide woven fusible interfacing (SF-101 by Pellon). #1 it was pricier than the interfacing I usually use. #2 I couldn’t iron it to lay flat with the fabric— it kept puckering and getting sloppy. Not cool. But if that’s the only problem I had with the whole project, I’ll take it.

I cut the depth of the large pocket in half so that you could find things a bit easier in it, and added a velcro closure to it for storing personals that you don’t want spilling out all over the sidewalk. I also divided the smaller pocket into a small phone-sized section and two pencil/pen pockets.

Other notes:
It takes as much time to cut out the pattern pieces as it does to sew them, at least it did for me. I hate cutting out pattern pieces.

Material Notes

cotton, fleece interfacing, velcro




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    Oct 31, 2008, 12.54 PMby justmica

    Lovely one…!!

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    Oct 31, 2008, 12.37 PMby the-gilded-bee

    You describe your projects very well. It’s good to know some of these things. Your bag turned out very cute, I like the large bags, as I’m a book addict.

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