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I've Made Another Glenda Bag! - by Swoon Patterns

Well I liked playing with my first Glenda so much I got straight back in the sewing room and made myself another one.

Fabrics - I used this lovely Roses print when I made this Essential Wristlet for the Macmillans Coffee morning raffle, and I've wanted to make myself something from it ever since.  The pink polka dot fabric I've used for the lining was in fact the wrong shade of pink, sent in error for my Stow-it-All, but it goes really well here. They both came from Calico Laine.

Size - I printed it off at 85% instead of 100%, then did everything else the same, but you can see the difference it made.

It came out at just 9" wide and 5 1/2" high, and 3" back to front instead of 3 1/2".  A good size for me to grab and run out the door on the rare occasion when the other half says "Let's go out!" 

Hardware -

Silver twist turn lock, 1/2" D rings and swivel bolt snaps from U-Handbag

I'm much happier with the twist lock than I was with the magnetic catch.  I kept bending the flap back to match up the catch.  It works, but I wasn't happy.  I think maybe using the extra thin one was a mistake? Ideally I would have like a heart shaped twist lock for this version,  but I was too impatient to wait a week to get another one from Emmaline Bags!

Interfacing - This time I used 'Stiff Stuff' by Lazy Girl 

I buy it from Creative Quilting here in the U.K.  I had a much better time sewing with this, as it is the right thickness. As you can see from the video it is a resilient, springy interfacing which holds it's shape.  It has a soft, felted texture, not at all cardboard-like, but without the thick padding of Soft & Stable.  I'm very pleased with the result, so glad I thought of it, it's much better than Vilene S80/240 (our equivalent of Pellon Peltex 70) would have been.

My new Glenda is just the right size to have my purse in the front, my teeny mobile in the zipped section, and still have room for a paperback in the back and hook my keys to a D ring. 

All in all you could say "Everything's come up Roses"

(especially as the "Rosie" is next on my agenda!)

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Comment by Karen on November 21, 2014 at 8:21am

ChrisW DesignsIn week 75 of Chris W Designs 'Bag Brag Tuesday'

Comment by Karen on November 20, 2014 at 4:02am

Susan - I am cutting out a Rosie at the moment, and wondering which interfacing to use this time.  Are you going to share pictures of yours?

Comment by Susan Waitland on November 14, 2014 at 12:24pm

I love your choice of fabric for your Glenda bag :) 

I have made the Rosie bag twice now, another lovely pattern to try :)

Comment by Patricia on November 14, 2014 at 7:38am

I love this purse

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