How exciting to see a new line of bag patterns from Chris W Designs! I love Christine's detailed bags that take some time to cut out and to sew. I am always so happy with the results. But once in a awhile I just want to make something that takes less time but still looks great that I can make for craft markets. Enter the Easy Street Patterns. Christine released the first two bags today. I was lucky enough to test both. Today, I'll share my Abby's Alley Tote Bag and tomorrow, my Brandt's Boulevard Wallet.
I have had this fabric for awhile (Woodsy Winter by Hoffman Fabrics) and was looking for the perfect bag to use it. Abby's Alley was that perfect pattern. The bag is big (18"W x 12.5"H x 5.25"D), so it gave me room to use a large print or a print like this that needed some length to show off its beauty.
The front and back are the same and the inside duplicates the outside of the bag. That leaves 4 large pockets on the exterior and 4 large pockets on the interior. The original pattern calls for square grommets and uses rope for the handle. I love that summery look but this was a wintry fabric and I decided to use oval grommets and webbing for the handles.
There are optional bag feet on the bottom.
The inside is neat and clean
This pattern works with very large pattern pieces. Give yourself plenty of room to cut and assemble.
Christine calls these patterns Sew and Sell. She is right. This bag sold at the first market I did after I made it. Cardinals are our state bird and I had several interested buyers. Unfortunately for me, I can't find any more of this fabric anywhere. If anyone sees any, let me know.
A few other things about this line. The number of pages of directions has been cut considerably but don't worry, there are still enough detailed pictures to make assembly easy. The other thing is that this pattern line is less expensive. Don't we all like that?
You can get the Abby's Alley pattern here or you can get both of the Easy Street patterns at a discount here.
Tomorrow I will show you the second pattern in this line, Brandt's Boulevard Wallet. Isn't that a special name??