One purse that I’ve been wanting to make for quite some time is Emmaline Pattern’s Butterfly Sling – thanks to Pattern Parcel #7, I had the perfect excuse to finally make one!
This cross-body style bag looks small on the outside, but stores lots of your essentials because of all the ‘hidden features’ – 2 deep pockets, plenty of card slots, and an ID holder on the inside of the bag for quick and easy access! Plus you’ll never have to worry about your purse falling open while your wearing it because of the magnetic closures installed on the inside of the purse.
For my version, I used a buffalo plaid flannel for the exterior, a fun comic book print for the inside, and lots of hardware from the Emmaline shop (metal slider, purse lock, and even a great ‘Handmade’ zipper pull). Keep in mind that if you chose to use a flannel for any sort of bag (because I am thinking this would also look great as a Swoon Betty Bowler) that the material is not particularly stable. Even though there is plenty of interfacing used in this bag, it would be a good idea to use a lightweight fusible to keep your material from distorting while sewing…. in fact, it might even be a good idea to fuse it before cutting as I found that my fabric was horribly off-grain.
Overall, this was a fun bag to stitch up – there were some techniques that were new to me so I learned a few things in the process as well. Plus I got to try my hand at installing a purse lock (I will admit, there was a bit of fear that came over me when I had to cut a hole into my ‘finished’ project, but everything turned out fabulously, without a hitch).
I think the finished look has a perfect fall feel (even though it feels more like winter around here right now) and is going to be so useful for holiday shopping (I like to wear crossbody style purses so that I never loose sight of my bag while in large crowds). I can definitively see stitching a few more of these up in the future (can you say new leather crossobody?)!
Have you gotten your bundle yet? There’s only 2 days left to purchase yours and includes the Butterfly Sling as well as Swoon’s Betty Bowler, Betz White’s Midtown Messenger, ChrisW Design’s Evelyn Handbag, and Pat Bravo’s Barcelona Bag & Wallet. Plus when you set your price as $32 or greater you will automatically be sent the Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet as your bonus pattern!