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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Birdie Sling Bag

Hi there! Wow, this weekend just flew by! We went on a little trip to Las Vegas to visit family and to also celebrate our anniversary over the weekend.  We had a great time, but it's great to be back home! 

While we were there, I took this bag I made with me!  Let me tell you how much I love this bag.  

  • First of all, it's big.  I have three kiddos and I hate carrying a bag, plus a diaper bag with me.  Well this bag is big enough that I can put a diaper and wipes in there and still have plenty of room for my stuff.  
  • Along with the usual things I carry in my bag, I also had plenty of room to carry my embroidery project I am working on.  So I was able to work on some embroidery on our drive to Vegas. 
  • The strap--I love the strap.  It's a substantial strap that offers a lot of support.  I have other bags and the straps are thin and they tend to dig into my shoulder, well this bag (even though it was a good 5 pounds with all the stuff I had in it) had perfect support and never felt uncomfortable! 
  • The pockets--the pockets are quite large.  I am able to fit my wallet in one of the pockets, which makes it easily accessible so I don't have to dig for it--which I love.  
  • It is pretty! I have had so many compliments on my bag during our little trip to Vegas.  Everyone loved it, and asked if I made it--and I proudly said, YES! :) 

Fabrics used for this bag: 

Of course, my mom saw my bag and immediately asked if I could make her one.  I couldn't say no, after all, she just gave me a huge quilt for my birthday--which I absolutely adore. So I figured, she deserved one. ;)

I am a newbie when it comes to sewing bags.  It took some talking into to sew the first bag.  I was nervous to actually venture out into bag making!  My friends and I all decided we were going to have a girls night and learn to sew these bags together.  One of my friends, is an amazing sewer, and has made several different bags, including this one before--so she was sort of our teacher and walked us through making the bag. 

 Let me tell you,  I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was to actually sew this bag together.  I was so worried it was going to be so hard and I wasn't going to enjoy the process.  Well I was dead wrong, the pattern was so easy to follow and the instructions were very clear.  So when it came time to make the second bag, I did it all by myself and did it in almost half the time it took me to make the first bag! 

Fabrics used for this bag:

I love how my mom's bag turned out.  We have similar tastes in colors and fabrics, so I really do love her bag just as much as my own.  The only difference in her bag is that I added a snap to the top of hers.  She requested a snap because she is traveling out of the country in a few weeks and wanted it to snap close.  It was my first time adding a snap, and it couldn't have been easier.

I was super impressed with Amy's pattern and how easy it was! I would definitely try another of her patterns! In fact, I have my eye on her weekender bag pattern! :) I also am thinking I will be making many more of the Birdie Sling's in the future! :)

Talk to you soon,


Missy Shay said...

Both your bags turned out great, I would want the snap too!

Lara B. said...

Lindsey, both your Birdie bags turned out beautifully! Your Mom must be pleased as punch!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

So beautiful!!! I will add this to my list of good travel bags, thanks for the tip!

legato1958 said...

Love your bags and the fabrics you chose! Just gorgeous! (Especially your bag!) I am a big Birdie Sling fan, too . I love all of those pleats. This bag holds soooo much, and I also use the magnetic snap , too.

YOLO said...

It is lovely and beautiful bags, I love the fabric and the style you go.

Barbara said...

You made two bags that anyone would be envious of! They are just gorgeous!

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