Here it is! My new bag!
I used the Birdie Sling pattern by Amy Butler. All of the fabrics from Heather Bailey’s two new lines. I chose the fabrics with transitional seasons in mind. I think the
browns and oranges fit right in with fall while the pinks and yellows
make it springy. Of course, I think green is perfect for any season. I really really love this bag.
It’s a big bag which works really well for me. I’m a tall girl and I think that little bags look wimpy hanging on my arm. I also like to cart around way too much stuff – I can easily fit a book and a small knitting project in here along with my point and shoot camera, sunglasses, wallet and checkbook. I could probably even fit more if I tried. Because it is made of fabric, it is nice and light weight. I am really trying to take any pressure I can off of my right shoulder and my neck hoping that my wrist will benefit from less stress. Although I love my green Coach bag, it is really heavy when it’s empty, let alone when it’s full.
There are two pockets inside: one small and one large that is divided. If I were to make this bag again, I might make the bigger pocket smaller. As it is now, it’d be great for a baby bottle or sippy cup, but I don’t carry anything like that around any more. I think it’d be great to have a pocket that wasn’t so deep, but still divided so my cell phone could have a home of its own. That is the one thing I struggle with using a big bag – I can never find my phone when it’s ringing!
The pattern is very well written and the bag is fairly easy to make. I would not try it as your first project, but maybe as a third or fourth? There are lots of pieces to cut out including interfacings and fusible fleece. The pattern calls for three fabrics – one for the outside, one for the handles and one for the lining and pockets. I used four because I didn’t have enough of my lining fabric for the pockets. I also had to go back to the fabric store to get more of the brown floral because I was dead set on centering that pattern. I needed twice what the pattern called for. It was totally worth it though.
Edited to add: Caroline reminded me that while our power was out, I toted my laptop around in this bag. It fit wonderfully, power cord and all!