May 29, 2016

Leona Knot Strap Hobo Bag Sling Tote by Delinda Boutique

Here is a new bag pattern from Maria of Delinda Boutique called the Leona Hobo Bag. This bag is perfect for a person that loves the slouchiness of a true hobo.

I tested this bag for Maria a while ago and used a faux leather that was very soft and thin so it would maintain that slouch and combined it with a cotton/polyester blend in a pink and brown plaid that I used for the flat piping, underside of the strap and the lining.

Leona is a large hobo.  It is 18" wide at the widest and 12" wide at the narrowest. It is 13" high and 6 1/2" deep so it will hold everything that you will need. The straps are tied onto the hardware for a unique look. You may want to adjust the length of the strap if you like a longer strap.

The inside of the bag has one large slip pocket that is pleated on one side.  I did mine differently from the pattern by using a double layer of fabric rather than single layer.  It would be easy to add additional pockets inside or a zipper pocket outside if that is what you desire.

The Leona Hobo is a quick sew.  You can buy the pattern on Craftsy here.

May 22, 2016

Eve by Moments

I have tested bag patterns for many independent designers which I really love doing.  By my side was Liz, testing for many of those same designers. Now, guess who is designing bag patterns? Yes, Liz, from Moments. I have been excited to be one of her testers through her first two releases, Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet and The Fine and Dandy Pouch. But now, she has released her first handbag pattern in two styles.  Introducing Eve...

The first version of Eve is one with a flap.  I made mine from two different faux leathers with quilting cotton for the interior.

If you have been wanting to try faux leather, this could be the pattern for you.  Liz gives lots of tips throughout for sewing with faux leather. The bag can be made with cottons as well. The back mimics the front design.

Liz includes patterns for a faux leather overlay for the inside zipper.

I love the linings in Liz's bags.  She uses a special technique to keep them fitted and snug to the bag.

The second version I did was with a zipper top instead of the flap.  It is made from upholstery fabric, faux leather and cotton for the interior. These three fabrics are from three different places, purchased at three different times.  It amazes me sometimes when things just match.  My explanation of that is that I must just tend to migrate to certain shades of colors that I love.

You will really enjoy making this one.  The pattern is clear and concise with many pictures along the way.  You can purchase the pattern here on craftsy.  Can't wait for the next pattern from Moments.