September 25, 2014

Glenda by Swoon Patterns






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.

12 comments:

  1. I love it, Marilyn! Thanks for sharing your tips, too, on switching out the Peltex for the Soft and Stable. I've heard that sometimes you can do that without affecting everything adversely. :) What you have done is really nice--I like your hardware, too! I'm curious to know where you found it.

    OH--don't want to forget-an ingenious solution for the buttons! I thought at first that maybe it was a black button with a pearl-like interior--the pink and black together are perfect.

    Krista

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    1. Thanks, Krista. First..the hardware. I buy hardware from different places. The small rings I got at Tandy. I buy a lot of hardware in bulk. I use an etsy store called PurseSuppliesRUs and when I want a lot of something or I can't find what I need, I use Ahkwok Buckles in China. And the buttons...when all else fails, be creative!

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  2. I think I need that pattern! You did your usual beautiful job with it! Thanks for the tips, too!

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    1. Thanks. I'm sure you need this pattern! You'll love it!

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  3. If you bought fabric while you were away then I know you had a good time.LOLLL Very pretty fabric perfect for this time of the year and love the bag. I have this pattern and have been wanting to make it for some time but yes you guessed it, lack of time. The idea of the button is brilliant. I never would have thought to do that.

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    1. Thanks, Maria. When you get time, you will have to make ths one.

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  4. What a cute bag! The zipper divider pocket is really a surprise inside and convenient.

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    1. Thanks, Norma. It is a great smaller bag.

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  5. I love dividers in purses. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. this is a relatively fast and easy sew. Can't wait to make it again. Have my fabric selected already. But first I have to finish another order and I am doing a show tomorrow.

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  6. Beautiful bag Marilyn. The pink lining is so pretty. I do think you have been bitten by the pink bug lately, lol! Good choice to use Soft and Stable instead of Peltex. Peltex is nice for flat stuff, but harder to sew and too stiff for most things. Love the Soft and Stable and so easy to sew through!

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    1. Thanks, Daryl. Seems like I have been using a lot of Soft and Stable lately.

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