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Handbag Pattern Obsession and PDF Perfecting!

I bought two new pdf handbag patterns:  


The Zerba Bag - a cute and trendy 12" x 12" bag.
Easy zipper installation creates a very 
functional bag with lots of pockets.



The Zip and Go from Erin Erickson

I was thinking of making something funky for my great nieces, maybe from recycled denim.  I have some pinstriped denim I would like to use.  Then what do I do but buy another one!  I remembered this one from Sue Kim at ithinksew, but I bought it from her Etsy shop as I couldn't see it on her website.  I think it's partly the magic of downloading, instant gratification -  I'm certainly hooked!

The Josy Clutch

  • I decided I will make it up in wool from a plaid skirt my MIL gave me, with a cotton print lining.  
  • I want to make it 25% bigger so I can fit a zipped pocket and a slip pocket with a flap and velcro closure to hold my mobile.  
  • I want to have a tab and ring on both sides, not just one
  • I also want to add iron on fleece to the lining to make it more plush and use the woven interfacing on the exterior


It's not just me is it?  I am not the only one who just has to do it differently?  My real puzzle is why I am making another winter weight bag when I already have one.  I guess I just want to see it made up in the wool plaid, I know it will look great!  



Here are the pieces all cut out with the interfacing applied


Which brings me to pdf patterns in general.  How do you do yours?

  • I print the main bag picture on glossy photo paper
  • My printer will print both sides of a sheet (duplex printing) which saves paper on the instructions
  • I glue the pattern pieces to card (usually cereal packets) to make them more durable
  • I put the pages and pattern pieces in clear punched pockets and connect them with Treasury Tags



They stand in the front of my pattern drawer.  They could go in a ring binder but I have no more room for one!


I plonk my laptop on the table and just work from the screen and don't print it off at all!  What about you?




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Comment by Patricia on March 25, 2014 at 3:00pm

love those hand bags

Comment by Karen on August 8, 2013 at 2:24pm

Hi Athena

Hmm, sounds like a sign to me.  Maybe you should be making some great bags for yourself?  I was making them for other people for quite a while before it occurred to me the bag I was carrying around was not as nice as the ones I had made for others!  I've not looked back!

Comment by Athena's Grove on August 7, 2013 at 10:34am

Bag patterns keep popping up all around me...maybe it's a sign...I already do pouches for weddings and historical costuming....

Comment by Linda Lubbesmeyer on July 5, 2013 at 9:28pm

I cannot EVER make a pattern as is - there is always at least one change. And I thought I was the only one that did that. :-)

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