Why I Chose This Pattern:
I wanted to try something a little different, and I liked the look of the Mail Sack by Pink Chalk Studio. Once again, you’ll notice that this is a large bag (of course), but believe it or not, I chose to make the mini version of the pattern, which is more of a medium-size bag. Hey, I can’t ALWAYS carry around huge bags!
Difficulty Level: Beginner – This is a very easy bag to make and the directions are very simple to follow along. The only tricky bit could be in getting the strap the right size – you have to play around with the pattern a bit to get the fit right. (Make sure you do this BEFORE cutting out the strap pieces)!
What I Loved:
As I mentioned, the directions were very easy to follow. I love that! It makes the construction so much faster. I also like that the pattern has two size bag options. I think the larger size may be a bit too big for some, and although the pattern says the smaller one is “kid-size”, I think it’s a perfect mid-size bag for any adult. As I said before, you’ll just have to lengthen the straps to fit.
I also loved that since the pattern suggested using a heavier weight fabric (I used a home decor fabric for this bag) you don’t need to cut and iron tons of interfacing. Ugh….although I love the look and feel of interfaced bags, it adds a lot of work to the process. This was easy peasy with only having to interface the lining.
What I Didn’t Love:
I think that the fabric layout for cutting wastes a lot of fabric. I rearranged the pieces to save as much fabric as possible.
Add a closure! As you can see, I put a magnetic snap in this one. I really don’t get why so many patterns omit this step – purses need to have a little security! I suppose if you are making the larger version of this just as a market bag, you may not want to put in a closure, but I think it would be a must for the smaller bag.
Would I Recommend It? Absolutely! If you like the shape of this bag, invest in the pattern. It’s versatile and cute to boot!