I have been testing out bag patterns to see which ones I like and which ones I’d like to make for sale. I think one of my favorites is the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag from Blue Calla Patterns. A Canadian pattern designer, Celine Allaert, makes wonderful patterns and also has YouTube videos to go along with some of her patterns. Below is her version of the bag.
I would say the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag is a great bag for a beginner bag sewist. You definitely need to have some sewing skills under your belt for the bag though. Through my local quilt shop, Bolts to Blocks, I am going to be running a free sew along for the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag in April. This sew along will be both in store and on Facebook so head on over to Facebook and like their page and join the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag event. I will be sharing tips and tricks for making this bag and I will be linking to the designer’s videos for construction on Facebook.
Above is my version of the bag. You’l notice I omitted the piping and tassel because I wanted to make it a little simpler. There are many ways you can customize your bag and these are just two of them. And inside zipper pockets are not as scary as they seem.