I saw the Sew Alongs for the Amy Butler bags and knew I wanted to join in – you can find the Style Stitches book on Amazon, and it comes with all the patterns!!
So I just got the book this week and figured I wouldn’t participate in February, but then I really wanted to make that bag, so I just did! I liked the idea of using it for a craft tote (that picture in the book where it’s filled with yarn).
I made a few changes to the pattern –
–first, SOOO glad I looked through the flicker groups before I started – I saw that a lot of people divided the pocket and I thought that would be most functional for me. I also saw that someone added a ruffle to the front pocket, which I loved and copied:
— I also cut down the size of the whole bag. The pattern calls for a lot of fabric – I made this last-minute and used what I had on hand, so I had 2 pieces of Amy Butler Fabric that were 1/2 yard each. I made it work. The bag is still plenty big – especially since I don’t want it to be a “shopper”. The secret is that for the lining where you need more fabric than the outside (for the handles and outside pocket) I didn’t have enough so half-way down I used plain fabric (fabric – sheet – – it’s all the same – you know I love using sheets!)
–I didn’t put any pockets on the inside – since it’s half plain I knew I wouldn’t be reversing the bag. So I added a pocket to the outside – the one on the back doesn’t have a ruffle because I didn’t have enough fabric.
Anyways, I LOVE my bag – you should make one!!
I made a smaller version for a little book bag – the girls picked their fabric and helped sew it – here’s the neighbor, who LOVES hers. And a picture of my daughter, who sewed her own (I did the bottom – that part’s a little tricky – the rest is just straight seams).
Shore Girl says
LOVE IT!! Love the style, color, and the changes you made. I’m gonna have to remember that ruffle along the pocket thing — really adds!
Luv 2 Smile says
I Love this bag!! Beautiful colors and the ruffles are so cute! Great job :o)
I love your fabric choices!! Can I just tell you that i have had that book for aaaaaages now and still haven’t made a single thing? I’m such a slacker!
I absolutely LOVE your fabric choice! And the bag is awesome. You did a really nice job!
Green Gracie Home says
So pretty – I am on the hunt for the book now!
Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings says
yours turned out great. I have made two already!
Amy at Ameroonie Designs says
That book is WAY up there on my list! I made the blossom handbag and I love it! (there was a free pattern on Sew, Mama Sew!) I really need to get it ordered. 🙂
[email protected] Bitsy Paper says
This is awesome! Great job.
LOVE the bag and your blog. I was wondering what is the secret to making a ruffle? I have tried on the bottom of jeans and the ruffles don’t come out very “even”.
J & A says
Love the bag so beautiful
Looks great! I really like the ruffle you added to the pocket. Thanks for linking up to the Sew Along!
Sarah Marie Kathleen says
Im swooning over the fabric you used, such a beautiful bag. And the ruffle was a perfect addition!
Survey Chick says
I love this bag it is so cute. When I get a sewing machine I’m definently going it make it. And I adore the ruffle you added.
Pamela Nees says
REALLY love that bag! Great job! Must make one!
Rachael @ The Little Birdie says
I finally went over and looked at all the “link ups” for the sew along! Let me just say, as cute as they are, yours is by far the cutest one! I just love the little ruffle! 🙂
Susan @ Living with Punks says
So CUTE! I don’t know how I missed this when you posted it…I love the bag pared down. It really is a BIG bag sewn as instructed. I used it as an overnight bag…that’s the size. Now you’ve made it to be more purse-size. I love it!
I totally agree – this bag is too big for the average 5’2″ shopper – and I LOVE your ‘refined’ version!
going to work on my origami bags today!
You’ve totally inspired me to make one AND add a ruffle. I will give you credit, too – when it’s finally finished.
[email protected] says
I love this! I must have missed this post, because I’m just reading it today – but I sewed my first bag yesterday and I’m so excited about it. Now that I’ve seen yours I think I’ll have to do one like it! Really beautiful. I can’t wait to give those pockets a try. ~Lori