Here is my Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag. Woo hooo.
I LOVE it but I'm giving it to my sister who will be able to use it to carry all her texts when she goes to university this year.
This bag is huge!!! I even took off 1 inch from the bottom when I cut out the pattern and left the rest as is.
It was kind of staggered bag making event. About two months to be exact.
I started off with buying some quilting cotton for it from Spotlight. I decided to start simple and not go wild with the colours. A tiled Blue for the main body and Beige hawaian flowers for the band and handles. Then I cut out the pattern for all the pieces. That took a while but it had to be done. And then it just sat around the house.
By that I mean it sat on the kitchen table for a while.
Then it moved to the sewing room in amongst the other fabric piles.
It stayed there for a while reminding me each time I'd walk by or start some other project.
<< Front of bag showing pleats.
Next, I did all the ironing of the interfacing and the Pellon Thermolam. Phew.
Now all there was left was sewing.
I won't go into the boring details but a bit done here and there. I did add Thermolam to the handles because I thought, well if it's going to be full of heavy books it would be nice to have a cushioned handle against the shoulder.
My bobbin decided to play up on me all morning so a bit of cursing was had today. At some points there was "huh?" while I read the instructions. The hardest part was probably pulling everything out from the opening in the lining. My heart skipped a beat when it was all pulled out and I thought the pockets were upside down but alas, it all turned out.
I can't tell you how relieved I was to finish the last bit of top stitching.
<< The Inside with four pockets. I used left over Heather Bailey Free Spirit fabric. I think I omitted the lining of the large pockets and just interfaced them.
All in all it was a good project. It has a lot of steps so I wouldn't recommend it if you wanted a quick project. It's somewhat easy to put together. I'm a visual learner so I really had to read the instructions carefully. Hence, the cursing in my head when I got something wrong.
I will make another one, maybe in the Chocolate Fuji that's coming in from Tessuti, as a nappy bag.
But... for now, I will tick this pattern off and give it a 9/10 for easy to make, pretty to look at and great functionality.