June Bag

If you're a crafter, chances are you read Melissa's blog The Polkadot Chair. (If you don't, you should!).

A while back, I bookmarked Melissa's pattern shop, waiting for my PayPal Swagbucks gift card to clear. When it finally deposited into my account, I treated myself to a pattern. My first purchase was the March bag. It looks perfect for me...pockets for keys and pacifiers and lip gloss ad my phone. Big enough interior for my big Kate Spade wallet. Well, I have yet to make it, but I have big plans for it!

Then, the day after Thanksgiving, Melissa announced on her blog that she was having a BOGO sale on her patterns, and y'all know I can't resist a good Black Friday deal. So I got the other two patterns I had my eye on: The June Bag and the Sunday Bag.

Speaking of Black Friday, I wish I had sewn up the June Bag prior to shopping that morning because it would have been much more convenient to carry a cross body bag that was just the right size to stay out of the way!

Anyways, the June Bag uses only FOUR fat quarters (with plenty of scraps leftover for other fun project that I have my eye on!). How economical! And wouldn't you know it, I just happened to have been hoarding four fat quarters from one of my favorite lines - Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow. This bag was meant to be.

It took me about a week to finish because I could only work for an hour here and there while the kiddo slept. And of course my sewing machine sounds like a jet engine so I didn't want to sew while he was napping in the same room (do you know how hard it is to coordinate his falling asleep with him hanging out in his crib in the other room?!). I think if I didn't have any interruption I could easily have this bag done in a day because it's so easy and the pattern is so simple to follow. Seriously, the hardest part was cutting into my beloved fabric (what if I made a mistake?! EEK!).

The bag is slightly unfinished, as it needs a button, but I need to look for just the right one. I also need to fix the strap on one side, because it got sewn on a little wonky.

I can't wait to go shopping so I can use my fabulous new bag! I'm so glad I actually used some favorite fabric so it didn't just sit in my fabric drawer never to see the light of day. And I'm also grateful I chose such a great pattern for the fabric - something so simple to follow (less chance for mistakes!) that produced a stunning result. You can get your own June Bag pattern at her new shop fourteen may. She's also got kits available for some of her bags (including the June Bag) so she's making it even more simple for you to have such a great bag for your very own. Thanks Melissa!



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