It feels SOOOO good to make this bag! I bought the pattern from my local quilt shop Quilt Expressions, probably about 3 years ago. And I’ve had the fabric for just as long. There’s just something about the shape of this bag that made me want to make it. I don’t know what it is exactly, but whatever it was caused me to feel I had no choice but to buy this pattern. I love the idea of having a truly unique bag that no one else will have.
The pattern, called Birdie Sling, was made by Amy Butler, one of my favorite designers. The main floral fabric is also via Amy – a Sky Wall Flower print from her Lotus Collection. The handle & band fabric is an unknown cream color, that’s a little heavier than normal cotton. The lining is a small cotton print in teal blue, from Jo-Ann Fabrics. The pattern also called for fusible fleece and interfacing, which sticks to the fabric when you iron it to the back. What a difference interfacing makes! It adds just the right amount of crispness to the material – so professional.
The pattern was pretty easy to follow. The longest part by far was cutting out the pattern pieces. The actual sewing was pretty quick, in a couple hours or so. Hard to estimate the time, though, since I took frequent breaks today. A girl’s gotta get her kettlebell workout in!
Beginning to sew the pieces together is my favorite part. And wow, making these pleats was so fun. I couldn’t help but talk to them… “you pretty little pleats, you”
Here’s a couple shots of the bag in the making – pinning on the band and some of the final parts before sewing the exterior and the lining together.
The finished bag is just so gosh dang pretty. And, by no coincidence, it matches my Eyeglass Case.
The inside has two pockets – a small-ish one, and a large one with a divider. Perfect for my essentials: iPhone, keys, sunglasses, and lip gloss.
All in all, I’d say a confident beginner could tackle this project. Its spaciousness is really nice – it fits my 13″ MacBook Air, iPad, wallet, and more – no problemo. So nice to have a new bag for the summer.
And this is also my first entry into the Purse Palooza contest!