I was browsing online over the weekend and came across a free bag pattern from Swoon Patterns. I have made many Swoon bags in the past but the free Ramona Bag was new to me. I was looking for a small crossbody bag to make up some animal themed bags and I thought this pattern would be perfect.
I love how they turned out. I used quilting cotton for the main panels and faux leather for the trim, bottom and the adjustable strap and tabs. The pattern only called for fusible interfacing. I used SF 101 on the main pieces and all of the lining pieces. I was afraid it would not give me the body I wanted so I added fusible fleece (thermolan) to the main body pieces. I cut off 1/2" of the fleece on all of the sides so I would not sew the fleece into the seam allowance. It gave me the structure and body I was looking for.
I love the front of the dog bag because I used to have a cocker spaniel like the one here. (Nancy, I bet you like the pug on the front, too).
The top of the bag is closed with a recessed zipper.
The Ramona Bag is a small hipster bag. The finished bag is 10" H x 9" W x 2.5". The inside of the bag is open with no pockets. I like that in a bag this size because many times pockets just get in the way.
It is fun seeing the cats peeking out from the faux leather strips.
And I can't tell you how much I love this horse fabric.
I plan to make more of these bags. If you want a copy of this free pattern, you can get it here.