I've been buried in house organization for the past several months and it has taken a hit to my creative energy, but I'm back to more sewing and less organizing. To be honest, it's starting to look like I didn't do much organizing which leads me to believe that it's a full time job around here. But either way, I am back to a creative place and have several ideas in the works.
First up, I have a new bag pattern available to purchase called The Everyday Hipster. You can find it on Payhip and Etsy. I've had so much fun making this bag for everyone. While I love a big structured bag as much as the next person, I really like a small, super lightweight crossbody bag for traveling and events, or those times when I just don't feel like keeping track of a purse.
The Everyday Hipster is just the right size to hold a small wallet, phone (fits my iPhone 6 with plenty of room to spare), and keys. Constructed with a simple Velcro flap closure and exterior slip pocket, this pattern is a great start for novice bag makers. No zippers! You can easily add a zip pocket to the exterior or interior (blog post to follow with pocket dimensions) or swap out the Velcro for a snap. If you use a heavier weight fabric, no interfacing is needed and the bag can be whipped up in under an hour.
Pattern instructions include a child length strap, so this bag is perfect for all ages. I think I will make a bunch as party favors for my daughter's next birthday party.
6" W x 1" D x 7" H
Adult Handle Drop 22"
Children's Handle Drop 18"
I've been fortunate to have a great bunch of testers, some people made multiple bags. Take a peek at Instagram #everydayhipsterbag to see bags.
Ellyn of Ellyn's Place, made three bags! Ellyn is my favorite tester; she always give valuable feedback, she is so fast, and as a pattern writer and prolific maker she has a great eye. Check out Ellyn's post with pics of all the bags she made.
Photo courtesy of Ellyn's Place.
Debbie, from Happy Little Cottage, also tested the Everyday Hipster and her version is so cute. She added a pocket to the front flap, patchwork, and mason jar thread sketching. Check out her blog post with details.
Photo courtesy of Happy Little Cottage.
I've loved seeing all of the fabulous bags made by testers:
Photo courtesy of @twinssquared.
Photo courtesy of @sewologist.
Photo courtesy of Belloquacity.
Photos courtesy of @hollowglen.
Photo courtesy of @roseandodin.
Photo courtesy of @elletaylor7
Various versions of the Everyday Hipster Bags I have made:
And a child size version for E: