This pattern by Novita of Very Purple Person is available for free download here. Let me just say, I thoroughly enjoyed this project. The pattern is pretty simple and easy to follow, and there are so many possibilities for making this your own.
I shook things up a little bit. Here’s what I did different:
- I used the scaling on my printer output to decrease the size of the bag a bit (however, I left the straps the same length as the original).
- I added pockets and a magnetic snap to the inside of the bag (so, I guess my interpretation isn’t reversible).
- I added two large pockets to the outside. For this, I cut up an old basmati rice sack.
To make the outer pockets, I printed and cut out an extra pattern piece (page 2 of the PDF, to be exact). I used this as my pocket template. I cut an asymmetrical pocket using the pattern as a guide. I hemmed the raw edge at the top, then I sewed the darts (same as the pattern) into the pockets. After cutting the main bag body pieces and sewing the darts into those, I basted the pockets to the front of the main body pieces. Then I continued on my merry way . . .
The whole time, I was worried that the extra bulk of my pockets (inside and out) would make it impossible to flip the bag right side out at the end (you’ll see what I mean after you read the pattern). Surprise! I flipped my bag out with minimal difficulty. Success!
In conclusion, I LOVE THIS PATTERN. This has become my favorite/my go-to/my every day bag. I definitely plan on making more of these.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to Novita’s very adorable, very informative blog and check her out!