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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Butterfly Sling Purse for PPP

Have you seen the latest offering from Perfect Pattern Parcel (PPP)?  It's my favorite so far! All the patterns in this collection are bags and purses, and if you follow along here, then you know I love to sew those.
Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
I was asked to participate in a blog tour for PPP #7 to promote the terrific patterns included in the bundle. Really, there are some amazing designs included in this one which made it super difficult to decide which one to sew! For the tour, however, I stuck with my absolute favorite bag designer, Janelle from Emmaline Bags, and sewed up a Butterfly Sling Purse.
Let me show you all the wonderful details of my Butterfly Sling Purse, and then I'll give you more details on the PPP purse bundle and how you can purchase it!
As I mentioned, Emmaline Bag Patterns are some of my favorite bag and purse patterns of all time. I have sewn all but 2 of the designs that Janelle offers, and in fact, this Butterfly Sling Purse is the second one that I have made! It's a fairly simple to sew design that offers a lot of fun, useful features.
Now, I should warn you. Since this was my second time sewing the pattern, I decided to change up a thing or two here and there to make this bag work better for me. Two of these modifications are not included in the pattern, but if you are adept at sewing purses and wallets, I'm sure you could just as easily make these changes to your bag as well.
First, my Butterfly Sling Purse has the two main zipper pockets, each with its own 6 slot credit card holder. These card slots are great for organizing your store rewards cards, insurance cards, and credit cards for easy access when shopping, and the best part is you never need a separate wallet! I store dollar bills in the main part of one of these zipper pockets and then keep my loose change in the smaller zipper pocket located in the section between the two main zipper pockets.

Second, the original pattern calls for using two magnetic snaps to hold the two large zipper pockets together, but I decided to be a little daring and add an expanding panel or gusset to this middle section instead. I absolutely love how it turned out. It provides me easy access to my loose change zipper pocket as well as the slip pocket for my phone. Plus, now I have additional storage in the space between the two large zipper pockets since this area doesn't separate completely. 
I will admit that the way I created and sewed these two gusset pieces to the bag made me struggle quite a bit and made me question my reasons for doing it in the first place. But I am so, so glad that I did!
However, during my struggle with the sewing the bag sides seams due to my addition of the gussets, I completely forgot to sew in the strap tabs! Ugh! There was no way I was going to pick out any part of those side seams to add them back in, so I searched through my collection of salvaged hardware and purse straps from bags and purses I bought at the Goodwill Outlet Store (read my post on Tips for Upcycling Purse Hardware). I found this awesome deep red narrow purse strap with antique brass swivel clips already attached and these two tiny antique brass d-rings. They were perfect in size and color to match the Ironwork Gray fabric from the Turkish Delight Collection from Blend Fabrics that I used for the exterior of my bag. 
All I had to do was make my strap tabs narrower and attach them to the back of the bag making sure I didn't sew on the card slots. Honestly, I like how this strap is attached better than the original design, so it's a happy mistake for me! Yay!

Where I stitched the tabs on the outside is barely visible from the inside!

Plus, the strap can be removed and the Butterfly Sling Purse can be used as a clutch bag! 

Emmaline Bags Patterns are extremely well written and full of details and photographs to help guide you through each step of construction. You'll be guaranteed to learn a new sewing trick or two each time you sew up a bag using one of Janelle's patterns. 
Now more about Perfect Pattern Parcel, what's included in this bundle, and how much it all costs!
First of all, just check out all these amazing bag patterns!
Parcel #7 includes:
Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

How Pattern Parcel Works:
According to the Perfect Pattern Parcel website: "Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year."
You can purchase your Parcel now by clicking the button below, and be sure to follow along with the rest of the blog tour to see more inspiring creations sewn from these wonderful patterns!
Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9 from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro

Now to decide which bag I will sew up next? Should I try the Evelyn Handbag or the Midtown Messenger Bag? Decisions. Decisions.

Have FUN sewing!


  1. You can make yourself style by use all purses.

  2. You really have a great taste for fashion, Veronica! I love your handmade bags, not only because of their beautiful designs, but also how you take the effort to make one with all you've got. Thank you for your creative ideas and tips you shared to us. All the best!

    Dana Sullivan @ Vanchi


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