I ended up deciding on the Betty Bowler Bag from Swoon Patterns and pairing the lion prints with Kona Cotton in Corn Yellow (I think – I forgot to check the bolt to verify) for contrast and piping, and a solid twill bottom weight for the top and bottom of the bag.
This bag had a lot of great details, like the piping around the side panels, which always looks wonderful on a finished product, but which I hate sewing around (totally worth it for this bag). It also had a vertical side zip pocket on the outside, which is super handy for keeping your phone or camera in.
And a large interior slip pocket, which is actually large enough for me to keep my 10″ tablet in.
This is the first bag I’ve made with d-ring handles, and I love the way they came out. It adds some extra spunk to the design.
Overall, this is a really nice pattern and I love my bag. But, when I make this pattern again, I’ll try it with something more substantial than felt as a lining – something like Soft and Stable, or even Peltex, because I feel like a bowler should keep it’s shape, and while it should hold up well with the felt, it doesn’t want to hold it’s shape when I fill it with stuff.
I will definitely be trying another pattern from Swoon soon – I’m thinking the Blanche Barrel Bag, and I might try it in leather. And I know that Christmas is still months away, but this bag would be a great handmade gift for Christmas.
Do you make your own bags? What’s your favorite bag pattern?
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