Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

An Oldie but a Goody...

Sometimes it is fun to go back to the patterns you started with, tried and true ones that boosted your confidence when you were first learning to sew. This Sling Bag one is that one for me.

When a work friend asked me a make a bag for her, we originally discussed one of the Amy Butler pattern Frenchy Shoulder Bags, but once I ordered her fabric and had a chance to see it in person, I realized that the Frenchy Bag simply wasn't big enough to do justice to the print. My friend chose this fabric for the orange and as you can see, the cut of the fabric was mostly the lavender color, so I decided to use the Sling Bag pattern instead to maximize as much of the orange as possible. And I love how it turned out!

I ordered the fabric from Crafter's Vision, this is the third time I have ordered fabric from them and I have been extremely happy with both the customer service and the quick shipping. I highly recommend checking out their sale section, I always think they have a good selection.

Do you have a tried and true pattern? Please feel free to comment and include a link to it if you've blogged about it, I would love to see them!

18 comments:

  1. That's a cool bag. I love the purple lining.
    I have never made a sling bag, but every time I make a baby sling (not in a long time) I think I would like one...
    Thanks for showing this. It is almost time to make another bag here anyway,lol, so thanks for the inspiration. Great job!
    Was that from an Amy Butler pattern, too?

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  2. I haven't tried a sling bag yet. I think I might have to :) Love the pattern.

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  3. Oh I like that bag! I may have to check out that pattern! Great fabric.
    I make the Buttercup bag for little girls with their name on it as a "go to" gift. I also like to make a tote bag from a tute on Sew Mama Sew.

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  4. I made this bag in Home Ec class in the late 60's....it is certainly something that has never gone out of style (quite like a little black dress!!) Stop by to enter my Vintage giveaway!

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  5. I have been wanting to make a sling bag! So cute!

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  6. I think you made a great choice in maxxing the orange. That's a really pretty fabric. I hope your work friend loves it!

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  7. Anything with orange is lovely in my book.

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  8. Ooh, pretty. I haven't tried that pattern before, very cute! I just made a Birdie sling last night, I really love Amy's patterns :)

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  9. @Elizabeth D.

    Elizabeth, I would LOVE to see your Birdie Sling! I have made a few and it is one of my most favorite patterns too! This particular sling pattern I used isn't an Amy Butler, but I do love all her bags. Will you be posting the Birdie soon?

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  10. This is adorable! I love the orange against the purple. I wrote about some of my favorite patterns today too...

    Jennifer :)

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  11. Loved this post and I linked it up at Trendy Treehouse. We have a party every wednesday to share creative projects, recipes, ect. Hope you come by to see and to grab a {Trendy Blog Award} on our button page. And hope you come by next week to link up your posts too!

    http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/creative-share-blog-hop.html

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  12. New Follower via WGW! Love all of your stuff, sew soo cute!

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  13. thanks for linking up to TAke-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! ---Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

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  14. Love the color combo on that print, so pretty. Love the sling bag! thanks for linking up! See you next week!

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  15. over the shoulder bags are the best....loves

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  16. Gorgeous fabric and I ADORE the bag. I'm a bag-a-holic.

    Thanks for linking up to TOO Cute Tuesday.

    http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com

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  17. Lovely pattern and a great bag! I really must try a bag pattern one day - I'm a kind of 'make it up as I go along' sewer, but I've seen this sling bag around a few times and it looks great!

    Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  18. oh this is so cute!! I want to make one of those! If you have time next week come by and link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com

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