July 30, 2015

Horses and Dogs and Cats and a Free Pattern






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.

15 comments:

  1. Too funny Marilyn! I do love the pug bag!

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    1. Just checking to see if you are reading (not really)!

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  2. Oh - what a great idea for some of my airplane fabric. Where a little goes a long way....
    I like what you did. Kudos on NOT putting pockets in --- it's difficult to know when to stop.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. Hope you have fun with it.

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  3. How funny Marilyn that just before I cam to your blog post today, I downloaded this pattern! Not sure when I will get around to making it, but now that I see yours I have a better idea how it looks. So cute in the animal prints and faux leather.

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    1. Thanks, Daryl. I hope you enjoy it.

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  4. I saw this pattern ages ago and dismissed it because I didn't like the look of it but now I've seen yours I've changed my mind. I love how you've used the pleather and your animal fabrics are just adorable. You've really done well making this pattern more appealing, I've just downloaded it and will definitely be making one.

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    1. Thanks, Maria. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  5. Your three bags are great. Just got the pattern and downloaded. Plan to try it soon. I personally, would have positioned the dog fabric to feature the German Shepherd. Your faux leather accents are wonderful. Just got a bag full of leather and faux leather bags to repurpose. Need to disaasemble them to see what leather/faux leather I will have to use. Also lots of cool hardware.

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    1. Well, Judith, you will be happy to know that the back of this bag is the same with the faux leather and the German Shepherd is featured on the back and two good peeks on the front.

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  6. LOVE your bags! Thanks for the share of the link, will be making this one for myself and for some upcoming birthdays. Ani in NC

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  7. Thanks, Ani. Hope you enjoy making this one.

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