Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pattern Parcel #7 Blog Tour - Butterfly Sling Purse

This is the last Perfect Pattern Parcel for this year and if like me you haven't heard of it before then let me tell you a bit about it before I show you my bag.

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Parcel #7 includes:

Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet 

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.

If you'd like to get your parcel then you can do it here. Don't delay, the parcel is only available for 2 weeks.

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Now you have an idea of what's going on here's the bag I chose to make. The Butterfly Sling Purse by Janelle at Emmaline Bags. I had been wanting to make this bag for ages and never seemed to find the time so this was the perfect opportunity.

I love this bag with all it's pockets for keeping everything organized and although it's not a big bag it's surprisingly roomy.

I made a few changes like the twist lock which I didn't have so I added a snap button instead.

Under the inside zipper was a clear vinyl pocket for an ID card but I wouldn't use it so I added a pocket to match the one on the opposite side. I decided to add a flap, which isn't in the pattern, because I knew I would put something in it and would probably loose the contents when I opened up the bag. Nothing will fall out now.

Both main zipper pockets have 6 card slots each.

And the two halves are held securely by the magnetic buttons on each side. Mine are pretty strong but just to make sure there is a strap feature which keeps everything safe and secure.

Another change was I didn't use D rings on the side bag tabs. I used detachable hooks so I could put the whole thing into a larger bag when I don't want to use the strap. It works great as a clutch also.

I have this teapot with flowers in my sewing room and thought to put it next to the purse to give you a better idea of the size.

I would have loved to have made the other bags also but as always time is an issue.

Over the next two weeks you'll get to see what each blogger made from the parcel so make sure you check out the ones before and after mine.

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9 from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro
Hope you have fun checking out everyone's bags.
~ Maria ~


  1. Maria I love the changes that you made to this bag. The flap to the pocket is great and so pretty too. After I made mine months ago, I thought this would be a great as a large wallet, so your idea to make the strap removable is brilliant! I would use it as a wallet, but I have too many things like sunglasses and reading glasses to haul around with me that I wouldn't use this as a cross body bag for myself. Some women love a small bag like this though. I did sell mine to a woman who loves it. Love your colors and the quilting.

  2. I like the changes you made. Your idea transformed the Butterfly Sling into a wallet

  3. I don't think I've seen a bag like that before - it's quite a cool design, and of course you did a wonderful job on it, as usual :D Judging by the photo with the teapot, it would be just the right size to carry around - not too big, but big enough to hold the necessities. Very nice!

  4. What a wonderful Bag, Maria!
    Happy sewing week,

  5. Nice job Maria! I love your improvising. You always make great improvements when you have limited supplies.

  6. Beautiful, Maria. Great changes, too. You have a great eye for making the changes that meet your needs better. Love the quilting.

  7. I am glad you finally had an opportunity to make this bag. it is gorgeous, and I love all the changes you have made to make it suitable for your needs :)

  8. Fabulous bag! The chocolate wavy quilting is very nice. I love your solutions to hardware avoidance, too. :)

  9. Beautiful !!! I love the changes that you made, good idea the detachable strap and the flap for the pocket. I made this bag months ago, this is a great pattern, easy to make and the final bag is lovely

  10. It's beautiful, Maria! What kind of fabric is the brown fabric? With your beautiful quilting/stitching, you make it look like expensive, exotic suede! :) I would love to carry a bag like that!



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