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Re-sized and Personalised Sherbert Bag - Pattern by Melly & Me

I fell in love with a pattern by Melly & Me called "Sherbert" (Now available as a PDF pattern on their new web site!)  It is so pretty and allowed for mixing and matching several fabrics.

I couldn't resist, I bought it and cut out the pieces and started putting it together.  Then I discovered the inside was the same as the outside - pleated and pretty but nowhere to store all my bits and pieces.  

So I cut a new pattern piece to make an unpleated lining, and added divided slip pockets and a zipped pocket.

The finished bag 


My sister said 'it is gorgeous but a tad small. fcould you make it bigger?' I did the maths and drew it up 50% bigger.  Unfortunately I didn't realise how much bigger that would work out.  I made it and it went from a small handbag to a large shoulder bag.  Again, very pretty (in blues and pinks this time) but my sister said "It's a bit too big now, can you make one in-between?" 

I went back to the drawing board, and this time I stuck it in a commercial photocopier and enlarged it by 25%.  For this version I chose winter weight fabrics a mixture of wool tweed skirt, faux suede curtains and outgrown kids corduroy pinafore/jumper dress . 

I added a flap with velcro to hold my mobile in place in the smaller slip pocket.  I also add a D ring to clip my keys to.   I turned it inside out to take these pictures so you can see the pockets, magnetic catch and D ring.  The other side has the zipped pocket.

So there you go, third time lucky!  My sister said this version was "just right" as Goldilocks said about Baby Bear's chair!  I told her I was glad about that, but I was keeping it for myself after all that work!

So then I made this one for her!


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Comment by nellie diaz on August 28, 2015 at 10:09am

lovely bag would like to make some for myself and for gifts ,thank you for sharing

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2013 at 12:44pm

Love them love them... thank you for sharing

Comment by sawsan on October 6, 2013 at 12:29am

I love all your bags , sure every one will chose the size she needs . Great job

Comment by Sewbusy on October 3, 2013 at 9:03pm

too funny -glad your persistence paid off .  Your bags look GREAT!

Comment by Milissa Hubbard on October 3, 2013 at 3:56pm

Great job on all three versions.  I will have to get the pattern to add to my collection.

Comment by Annette St John on October 3, 2013 at 3:28pm

I love them all. So beautiful!

Comment by Beverly Jane on October 3, 2013 at 1:56pm

Oh my golly!  I love them all!  You are so clever.  I have to admit that I LOVE the one that your sister thinks is too big in the flowers and blue.....awesome colors.  My eyes went straight to it.  I love your creations and your web site.  Love to all,  Bev Jane

Comment by Karen on September 13, 2013 at 2:27am

I added this to Chris's Bag Brag Tuesday

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