Are you looking for a versatile bag pattern? Maybe you need a small clutch for an evening out, or a crossbody bag for every day use – the Sophia Fold-Over Clutch & Crossbody Bag Pattern by AppleGreen Cottage is a fabulous pattern.
I was fortunate to be a tester for Damjana for her new pattern, and let me tell you, she was an absolute pleasure to work with. I absolutely loved the way she ran her testing group and she was very supportive of all of our tester versions. She was always available and ready to answer our questions regarding the pattern.
I chose to make the medium sized crossbody bag for my tester version. I used faux leather and home decor printed fabric. For me and my personal preference, this is a great size for my phone, wallet and chapstick – what else do you need! I know some people carry a lot more stuff in their purse than I do (*cough cough* my mom and sister), so if that is you, you might want to up it to a size Large!
The Sophia Fold-Over Clutch & Crossbody Bag features a zip outside pocket, a lining pocket and an adjustable strap. All of these features are optional as well, include them all if you want, or leave some out! The choice is up to you and your preference. Some testers split the inside lining pocket in half, creating 2 mini pockets which I thought was a wonderful idea!
This was my very time sewing a side zip pocket, the instructions were very clear that I believe my first attempt at this turned out fabulously!
The pattern comes in 3 different sizes; small, medium and large. Damjana gives you the option to save from printing the pattern pieces and provides the specific dimensions of each pattern piece. Her pattern instructions are well written with great photographs every step of the way! I really like it when pattern designers provide a lot of photographs in their instructions, I believe it makes the pattern more beginner friendly! I would recommend sewing the pattern with quilting cotton or home decor fabric first, as the faux leather or vinyl could get thick in some spots.
You can use a variety of fabrics for this bag, some used quilting cotton, glitter vinyl and even cork fabric! I already have ideas for another version. There are so many beautiful quilting cottons in the shops right now that I’m envisioning a Spring version up next! Hopefully Spring will be coming soon.
What are you waiting for, grab a copy of the Sophia Fold-Over Clutch & Crossbody Bag Pattern and get sewing!
Do you enjoy sewing bags? If you haven’t sewn a bag before, you’ll soon be addicted! Just think – a handmade outfit, complete with a handmade bag!
Thank you Damjana for the great opportunity, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time sewing the Sophia Fold-Over Clutch & Crossbody Bag!
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