Back in April I bought an Amy Butler pattern for her Swing Bag. It has been sitting in my pattern box unused since then but I dug it out at the weekend to make myself a new bag to take on holiday.
The next question was which fabric to use. I have lots of nice fabric but I needed three coordinating fabrics at least half a metre in size. I bought some great fabrics from Hawthorne Threads recently but didn’t have a specific project in mind for them….they are perfect for a bag because they are bright and summery with a bit of pattern to hide any marks. The fabrics were all from Michael Millers Woodland Delights collection. I love the birds and butterflies.
Constructing the bag went fairly well. I did have one disaster when I stupidly sewed the two outer fabrics for the handles into one strap – doh! That then meant I couldn’t make the handles in the same fabric as the rest of the outside of the bag as I didn’t have any spare fabric. I used the zig zag coordinating fabric instead and to be honest it probably looks better than it would have done with the original handle.
I am really pleased with the finished result. I have lots of coral coloured clothes as it is one of my favourite colours so the bag will be perfect. I didn’t make the big bow scarf as I thought it would be a bit over the top so I made a smaller scarf and have just tied it around the bag – I think it looks nice like that.