I am so excited because this is my first month as a Brand Ambassador for Go To Patterns! (This post contains affiliate links. Affiliate links are marked as such with an * following the link. If you follow these links and purchase from them, I receive a commission, which helps to support my sewing projects. Thanks! I would never mislead my readers and have been honest in my opinions of this pattern.) Have you heard of Go To Patterns? It's a one-stop shop for all the sewing patterns you might ever need (or want).
Each month I will be sewing a pattern that is featured at Go To Patterns. I look forward to showing these to you each month and hope to inspire you to try a new pattern (or two or three).
This month I chose to make the Soda Pop Bag* by Sew Sweetness. I have never made a pattern by this designer before, but I have had my eye on a few.
The large grommets are a fun design element that wasn't difficult at all.I like how it allows a contrast fabric to peek through--an excellent way to add some more colors to this bag. The grommets that I purchased from JoAnn's came with a template, which was extremely helpful in the cutting and placement of the grommets. They came in a package of 8--exactly how many you need for the bag--and are Dritz brand. You will find them in the drapery/curtain making section of the store. Don't forget to take a coupon with you when you go to buy them!
This is a large style bag with a magnetic snap closure. I used a flat magnetic snap (from JoAnn's also) and sewed a square of fabric over the snap to make an invisible snap closure. This is my favorite kind of magnetic snap to use.
The inside of the bag boasts slip pockets on each side so you can keep smaller items like keys or your phone separate from the larger things you might place in the bottom of the bag.
The best design feature of this bag is the bottom of the bag. I have not sewn a bag with an oval shaped bottom. At first I was afraid it would be difficult to sew, but it wasn't. I was happy that the pattern pieces matched up perfectly with each other. Adding feet to the bottom of the bag is optional, but that was another new element that I had been wanting to use. Again super easy installation.
This pattern calls for Soft and Stable, but I substituted headliner foam with no problems. I love how it really adds structure to the bag. This unique bag is very sturdy with a roomy inside that would hold all of the necessities for a day trip.
Clear and easy to follow instructions along with several clear photos of each step make this bag a breeze to sew.
I think all of the bag patterns are wonderful, and since it is time for me to start sewing for Christmas, which one should I sew next month?
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