Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The Morphing Convertible Bag (size small)

A New Year and a brand new bag pattern just released from ChrisW Designs. Meet The Morphing Convertible Bag, that comes in a size Small and a size Large all included in the one pattern.

Finished size:

Large: Approx. 26cm (10") W X 36cm (14") H X 10cm (4") D.

Small: Approx. 20cm (8") W X 25cm (10") H X 8cm (3") D.

It is a convertible bag because you can make either size into a backpack that converts to a cross body bag, or just make it a cross body bag, which is what I did here with the small size I tested. 

This bag is made without any binding using Christine's awesome instructions for sewing the lining. 

The front of the bag is a great place for getting creative like I did by adding an appliqué bird. You could also feature a pretty panel that fits or all of you people that own embroidery machines, well so many wonderful embroidery designs could be embroidered on this bag.

The bag features a vertical hidden zipper pocket on the front of the bag, a top zipper closure, a phone pocket (or for keys) on the back (Christine's signature pocket that I absolutely love!), a zipper interior pocket. Add a slip pocket inside if you want to (inside slip pocket is not included in instructions and I found it's not really needed for this small size anyhow). Add a pair or just one (optional) grab handle on top (I didn't add it as I made this small just a cross body bag and not a backpack).

Oops, I just noticed one of my little red crystals fell off! How did I not see that before? Well I will be fixing that right now, lol! I did noticed some of the crystals I have the glue on the back had fallen off and maybe I was trying to heat set it and it never had any glue there in the first place? I have never had a crystal fall off of anything ever before, so I am sure that's what happened, no glue, lol!

I made this bag using denim jeans.

I know the back side of the bag won't be seen when worn, but I wanted to make it look pretty too and I added a flower pentagon appliqué to the back of the bag, along with some crystals. 

This is the phone pocket on the back side of the bag, which is so handy and the pocket is padded to protect your phone too.

Inside the bag is a zipper pocket. You can add a slip pocket, (not included in the  instructions) if you want to add it. In the larger size bag Pocket Supplement A can be added to the inside of the bag, which you can purchase separately for a small fee (it's a great pocket to use when making any bag).

The side view of the bag shows the depth and a bit of the front hidden zipper pocket.

The bottom of the bag I quilted like this, but you can quilt it any way you want to hold the stabilizer in place. You can see the flat felled seam from the jeans I used to make this bag.

This bird appliqué is one of the bird die cuts from Crafter's Edge, designed by Sue Spargo. I love those funky birds!

You can get this pdf pattern for 15% off now through Thursday (Australian time). Use the code: 15offmorph. 
Or to save more and be the first to learn about new releases, sign up for ChrisW Designs newsletter and you will receive 20% off new releases, but you must sign up in order to get the discount. Go here and fill out the newsletter form on the right side of Christine's blog.

There will be a video for making this bag soon as Brandy Jackson of Beans Bags & Handicrafts Co. makes it.

See all of the testers bags, both small & large here. Christine brought on a lot of new testers this year and they all made some gorgeous bags, some making both sizes, so check them out. Sometimes seeing the fabrics chosen by a tester can make you really love the bag more than another fabric by another tester. 

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  1. It’s a great looking bag Daryl. I’m not much a bag person but I do like seeing how you embellish the bags you make. I adore that bird and the fabric choices you made for him along with his personal embellishments. We don’t always grab and carry our bags the same way, so I don’t doubt that pretty flower will be seen a lot too.

  2. This is a great bag, Daryl! I love that bird from Crafter's Edge as well as the hexie flower on the bag!! Denim bags are my favorite!!

  3. This is such a fun bag Daryl. Love your little bird applique on the denim.

  4. the applique you add always makes your bag so personal and unique, its lovely


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