Sunday, April 7, 2019

Large Oriole Bag

I made this Large Oriole Bag (a Sew Sweetness free pattern) late last year. Sara shows you how to sew this bag in her video, so it is easy to follow along. Videos are great for beginner bag makers, but for me they slow me down. I so much prefer a pdf pattern that I can skip ahead, and go at my own pace, make my own changes and not be put to sleep by watching a video. Don't get me wrong, videos are great and Sara and others make great videos, but for some reason watching them makes me want to take a nap. It's not that they are not informative or are boring, no not at all, but maybe because I already know how to sew bags and don't need a lesson in how to do every step, so for me a pdf instruction is all I need. But if you a video class kind of gal or guy, then by all means do what works for you. 

Back to the bag here. The pdf template has both a small and large size. The large is a bit larger than I had expected it to be, but still it's a nice size if you have a bit more to carry. The cross body adjustable strap makes it nice to wear across your body or shorten it to wear as a shoulder bag. You can close the bag with a magnetic snap or turn lock closure. I chose a magnetic snap for this bag.

A variegated stripe print I chose for the bag and strap and a gecko print for the flap.

Sewing darts give the bag front and back some depth.

This is the back of the bag.

Gecko print flap and my handmade label.

A bright happy yellow gingham for the lining with a slip pocket. Pretty roomy inside too.  Because of the sewn darts in this bag, it made it a bit harder to make some changes, like adding a zippered pocket inside or outside. I could have added a zipper pocket vertically, but then I wasn't sure if that would be very convenient to use?

Later this month I will be selling bags at my quilt group's annual outdoor quilt show in the park and this will be one of the bags I will have to sell there.
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  1. If I were to made this bag again, I'd probably work out a way to do make at least one side of the lining without darts so that a zippered pocket could be put in (easily). I like your variegated fabric.

  2. The perfect southwest colors!!

  3. those colors radiate summer and beautiful sunsets, great choice. i personally need all the help i can get with a pattern. i love your PDF's. The purse looks very practical and the adjustable strap is a wonderful addition. great job as always.

  4. You make great bags! It's a talent I don't have. If I were going to be there, I'd stop in at your booth first. =)

  5. I love those bright colours. There's no fear of leaving this bag behind in a cafe. I hope you get lots of buyers at your stall. Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.

  6. What a lovely bag! It is so cheerful, and just screams "Summer!" with those bright colours! You've done a great job on it. I'm sure it will be popular at your booth. I'm dropping by from Wendy's Linky Party, hope you'll pop by my blog too!


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