Here is another smaller type bag that is a real winner! It is the Glenda from Swoon Patterns. I bought this pattern about a month ago but have been too busy to get to it, but I finally made the time. I love this bag. It is big enough to hold all of the essentials but small enough for those who don't like all of the really large bags that innundate the market. The finished size of this bag is 11" wide and 6" tall. I made it from a pink and black fabric, one of the many "souvenirs" I brought back from my trip with my hubby.
The bag has a plain flap on the front. Since the fabric I used made it hard to see that, I decided to add a double button to decorate it a little. The black button looked too drab and the pink was not right either so I put the pink button on top of the black button and there you have it...much better. The flap is held by a magnetic snap but would look cute with a turn lock, too.
So you can see, there is some depth to this bag and there is a surprise inside.
It has a zippered divider compartment. and room to store things on both sides of it. I made one major change from the pattern. The pattern calls for Peltex to be used on this zippered divider, the main panels and the flap. I don't like the look of Peltex when it has to be curved like on the flap so I changed all of the Peltex to Soft and Stable and it worked like a charm. The structure is there but it is soft and smooth. It also makes the divider pocket padded so it is perfect for a phone. The pocket is about 5" by 8" so it may even fit some of the bigger phones.
One other great thing about this bag is that it is a shoulder bag, but because the ringed tabs that hold the strap are hidden inside the bag, you can remove the strap and it is beautiful as a clutch.
It is a fun, fast pattern and I will be making more. I just think how cute the flap would be quilted, decorated or even a different color from the bag. The pattern is well written and a bargain at $5.95. You can buy it here.