When Rae (of Made by Rae, of course) asked me to test out her upcoming Showoff Bag pattern, it couldn't have come at a better time. My current purse is filled with goldfish cracker crumbs, a miscellany of treasures such as pinecones, rocks, and leaves that Phoebe has collected over the summer, and smells of old milk from waaaaay too many leaky sippy cups.
I'm lucky enough to live in the same town as Rae and when she walked in with her lovely chevron version to our monthly crafter's meetup, I knew I had to make one for myself.
The pattern is super easy to follow, and anyone with a basic knowledge of sewing could put this baby together in about an hour or two.
It calls for a heavier home dec weight for the main print of the fabric, but this lightweight cotton print by Michael Miller (Ellie in Amber) was calling my name, so I backed it with a mid-weight interfacing which provided just enough stability to give this bag some shape.
The top panels and straps are made out of a heavy upholstery-weight pillow sham that I got for $1.97 when Linens & Things was going out of business. Score! The only bummer is that the sham was shorter than the length the straps called for, so I ended up having to piece them, which kind of annoys me when I look at the photos. I should have pieced them on the diagonal, but I get a bit lazy regarding things like that.
The best part - nice and roomy - my number one quality in a purse. Especially when everything you carry around is 95% for your toddler and 5% for you.
The other best part? Rae has so kindly offered up a free copy of the Showoff Bag pattern to one lucky EmmmyLizzzy reader! She'll be releasing it later this week and you can be one of the first to get it! Just leave a comment, any comment, and I'll choose a winner on Friday.
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