This bag I'm sharing today has a story that goes back a couple years! I made this Swoon Glenda Convertible Clutch in Tula Pink's Deer Me fabric, and a friend really loved it and the fabric. She wanted me to make her a bag but was still thinking about what features she was looking for.
She eventually narrowed down her choice to a small handbag, approximately rectangle shaped, with double zippers. So far it was sounding a lot like the Blue Calla Dandelion, except she wanted a zippered divider pocket as well, which led me to do some thinking. My friend wanted the Deer Me fabric, so I wanted a way to eliminate the horizontal stripe that acts as an anchor for the handles on the Dandelion. I figured I would just use the "Edgewena" strap anchors from Emmaline, but since the top of the bag is zippered, I added front pockets to put the anchors on.
To add the divider pocket, I basically just made a zipper pouch the same width as the bag, but shorter so it would sit under the magnetic snap. Then I made the side panels of the bag lining 1" wider and pinched it around the sides of my zippered pouch. To accommodate for the top the side panel being wider, I tapered my seam allowance to be bigger in the space between the top of the divider pocket (zippered pouch) and the top of the bag.
I used vinyl from Paccana for the handles and bottom of the bag.
The Dandelion ended up being the perfect starting point, and my friend was thrilled with the use of all the cheerful coordinates. If you'd like to try this pattern, don't forget to use code OKAPI10 to save 10% on Blue Calla patterns.
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Hi! I'm Reece and I love to sew! I'm also a mom and a wife. I love being crafty and sharing tips.
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