My sister asked me if I would help her sew together a few patterns that she sells in her shop, for her shows. I couldn’t wait to get started on this one when I saw her fabric she had picked. This bag pattern was designed for the intermediate sewer. I have sewn many bags before but this was my first time working with trim and patchwork on a bag. I really enjoyed making the Sunburst Sling! I would recommend it to my Handmade Handbag Lovers.
You can buy the pattern by Jen Fox at my favorite online sewing shop Pile O’ Fabric.
The pattern actually called for 5 colors for the patchwork but my sister chose 9. Which as you can see were beautiful together. You can find everything you need for making this bag at Pile O’ Fabric. It took me about 3.5 hours to read the pattern, cut out pattern, and cut out fabric. Next, I ironed all the fusible interfacing onto the pieces that needed it. At this point I was getting pretty excited 🙂
All the pieces fit together like a puzzle.
Top band & trim were the next step. Like I said this was my first time working with trim on a bag, so I learned a few things. Cutting slits at the curves helped but I also learned not to pull so tight when sewing it together.
I also learned to make sure you know where you left off on the pattern when returning from a lunch break, rrrrrr! BUT this mistake will never happen again. I am not exactly a fan of seam ripping.
After an hour of seam ripping, attaching the band, having to remake trim pieces, and reattached the trim piece, it was right. YAY!! Excited again 🙂
I sewed the exterior and interior gusset pieces together. The exterior gusset piece had a very stiff interfacing ironed on for the bottom of the bag. I would recommend cutting the interfacing back 1/2″ all the way around. It would make sewing the gusset to the bag easier and would look nicer when it is turned right side out. Just like the trim I made small cuts to the gusset pieces where it turned at the corners of the exterior bag piece.
The next steps were the interior pockets, zipper, and straps. The directions for these steps were well written and easy to understand, if you have some experience with pockets and zippers. I did make my zipper pull a little smaller than the pattern called for and figured out how long I wanted my zipper to be before I attached it.
Turning it right side out was not easy with this much interfacing but it’s was still my favorite step. I was so excited for the big reveal. After some light ironing it was…finished!!
I think this bag turned out great!!
I LOVE the colors together and I also really like the size and shape of the bag. This Sling has a lot of room inside and is very comfortable to wear.
Handmade with ❤
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