I have a new bag pattern. It's my Easy Sling Bag Pattern.
Since last year, I have been working on and off on this pattern. In a way, you could say my craft market customers helped me decide on the size of this bag. I made a few variations and put them up for sale at VivoCity where I have my craft market booth. Originally I wanted it much smaller but majority of customers preferred it bigger yet not too big. After a few rounds of alterations and based on customers' response, I was able to settle on a "perfect size". To be really honest with you, I love this size. I wished I had the ability to know right away what's a popular size and what's not. Luckily I have my customers to help me out!
This bag pattern is targeted at beginners so I made sure there aren't too many challenging sharp curves or difficult to achieve sewing conditions.
I made a few bags to show you the variety of looks you can achieve with this pattern. But first, lets talk about one of the features of the bag - the ring. This is a one-ring wonder as I like to call my bags which use a wooden or metal ring to tie one end of the sling. In order to make this bag, you need to be able to purchase a wooden/metal ring. As long as the ring will not break and it's not too heavy, it'll work.
My tutorial covers a patchwork flap. It's really quite easy to put together. Some people might not want to make the patchwork flap.
Make the whole bag using the same exterior fabric. Like this blue/black polka dot version I made a few days ago. Do you like the Lecien polka dot? I only have 1.5 yard of this. So sad.
Oh, where were we?
Yes, you can also use a contrasting fabric for the flap. Whatever suits you. If I recall correctly, the striped fabric is a Riley Blake.
This easy sling bag is suitable for girls as well as women. My girl who's 14 and like super cool, asked for the polka dot sling bag. She rarely asks for any of my handmade bag so that's saying a lot.
I have listed this pattern for sale at Etsy here. Do take note that all my patterns at Etsy are now instant download. Previously, I send every pattern via email. With instant download, what happens is right after payment, you get an Etsy email with the download link. You could also look in your Etsy purchase page for the link. The only thing you need to remember is that you must be logged in to Etsy in order to do the download.
This pattern is also available at Craftsy.
Enough self-promotion. Now I'd like to take a moment to mention my tester, Suzee of Applehead Threads for testing this bag for me. Want to see what she made?
Thank you Suzee. I couldn't have done it without your help. Okay, everyone, now go and make me $8 richer. Buy my pattern. Pleassse!