Showoff Bag PDF Sewing Pattern is Here!

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DESCRIPTION

This roomy bag will show off your fabric fabric perfectly with its lovely shape and pleats. It is fully lined with a pocket for cell phone or keys and has plenty of room for a textbook, laptop or a change of clothes.

Note: This sewing pattern is intended for personal use only. A handmade sellers license is also available below (scroll down). If you purchase the sewing pattern but not a license, please do not sell Showoff Bags or use the pattern for profit. Non-profit use for charity is usually fine, but please contact me first to request permission.

Please be aware that the individual strip pattern pieces for the Chevron version of the bag (shown below) are not included in this pattern. To make the Chevron version, I sewed nine 3″ strips of striped fabric cut on the bias together and then cut the main part of the bag out of the resulting pieced rectangle of fabric. It would be far easier just to find yourself some nice Chevron fabric though. Just sayin.

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DIFFICULTY
This bag is a “confident beginner” project. I would recommend this project to someone who knows how to sew a straight line backward and forward and can keep an even seam allowance on a curve. If you can sew the Buttercup Bag, you can sew the Showoff Bag. I’m not calling it a “beginner” project though because (and this is of course my personal opinion) I don’t think you should learn to sew on this bag. Clear instructions are given for all of the steps, however, so a beginner who has confidence could definitely tackle this. I am always happy to assist you by answering questions via email (pattern includes my email link) if you should run across anything that is giving you trouble!

SIZES INCLUDED
14” tall x 16” wide, not measuring straps
(Extended length version – 15.5” tall x 16” wide)

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YOU WILL NEED
• ½ yard printed fabric for main part of bag
• ½ yard solid fabric for top part of bag and straps
• ¾ yard fabric for lining and pocket
• Mid-weight fusible interfacing such as Decor-Bond (recommended if you are using anything other than a heavy-weight fabric for the top panel and straps)
• Optional: heavy-weight double-sided fusible interfacing such as Dritz InnerFuse  to give the top of the bag more structure.
• Optional: 1” strip of canvas to reinforce strap

Fabric Recommendations
I recommend a woven natural fiber fabric (cotton or linen) that is at least 44” or wider. I also recommend using heavier fabrics for the outside of the bag (main and top parts) such as home dec or bottom-weights (linen, cotton/linen blends, twill, canvas, corduroy) to give it more structure and durability, but if you interface lighter fabrics you may find they work just as well.

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WANT TO SEE MORE?

The Showoff Bag was featured on my blog on the following posts:
OH HAI THERE you beautiful bag you
The Showoff Bag

SELLING SHOWOFF BAGS
A License to Sell is available for sellers who would like to sell handmade Showoff Bags in their shops or at craft shows. For more information, see the Seller’s Page.

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Share your photos: I can’t wait to see all of your Showoff Bags! Please add your pictures to the Showoff Bag photo pool or the Rae Made Me Do It photo pool so we can all enjoy them.

Thanks for your patience! As usual, please be patient with me as there are bound to be glitches at first. Please email me (rae DOT made AT gmail DOT com) if there are any issues and we’ll get them worked out!

Rockstar

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If you’re wondering what the title of this post has to do with a tennis racket, you’re obviously not my kid.

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Hard to decide if it’s more fun to play tennis or rock out with it, really…

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Two rockstars are always better than one:

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(She’s holding my old racket here, but don’t worry, we bought another one in her size this weekend. Wimbleton here we come)

On Clementine: Plaid Pierrot
On Elliot: Dapper Dillingers

Brace yourself for the cute: Plaid Pierrot

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Now I know I am biased (har, get it? BIASED?), but I think she is beyond cute in this getup.

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This “fall” version of the Pierrot Tunic (you can see all of the other versions I’ve made here, here, here, and here) is made from flannel shirting that’s got a nice loose weave and drapes well. I found it at JoAnn (*gasp* can you believe it?) in the section I like to call the “Lumberjack Section”. Not the cutesy flannels for kids, the plaids for Lumberjacks. You know what I’m talking about.

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If you look closely at some of the photos, you can see that this version was made entirely without a serger; you can use a machine to zig-zag the ruffle instead of serging it (as I have in the past) for a similarly-charming effect that’s just as quick.

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Pattern coming soon!

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OH HAI THERE you beautiful bag you

Where have YOU been all my life? (Answer: In the unfinished pile, for months)

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I’m really excited because I’ve been doing a bunch of work for the last few weeks on this bag pattern (and the Pierrot Tunic sewing pattern, both coming soon!). Now it’s almost finished so I can start showing you all the lovely samples I’ve been working on without worrying that I’ll abandon them mid-project and leave everyone hanging. You know, like I usually do.

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This bag is called the Showoff Bag, previously featured on this post. I pieced together the Chevron stripes for this version much like I did for the Chevron Wristlet.

Here’s a (crappy) picture of the first one I ever made:

Showoff Bag

I fiddled with the proportions a little and I think now it’s better. This blue version is slightly longer than the striped one (I’m including both lines on the pattern so that you could make it either shorter or longer):

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{with Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Rising canvas on the bottom and navy blue linen on the top}

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Um so I think I will be keeping both of these.

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But I did make (and I think, rather unselfishly) one for my seester Elli’s birthday: *pats self on back*

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{from Nani Iro canvas with grey linen on top}

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Look for the pattern soon!

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It’s a Photo Pool Party!

It’s been a while since we dove into the Flickr pools and had a look around, hasn’t it? Here are a handful of projects that caught my eye!

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1. bonnet1, 2. Airplane Backpack

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1. IMG_3797, 2. DSC_0028.JPG, 3. Blue and lace buttercup bag, 4. DSC_0671, 5. Bea’s linen capris, 6. Bonsai Bag, 7. Buttercup bag for MMJ, 8. bonnet, side 2, 9. Paisley in Paris Bloomers

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1. Itty Bitty Flower Girl Dress, 2. Itty Bitty Baby Dress, 3. Big Butt Easter Pants, 4. ELM_3171

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1. Charlie Tunic, 2. Baby quilt, 3. backpack

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1. elephant backpack, 2. peekaboo bonnet

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1. 20110120-IMG_1895, 2. P7143520, 3. Octopi Sunsuit, 4. Toddler Backpack, 5. fish, 6. Bitty Buttercup Bag #22 {fat quarter February day 21}, 7. bigbutt1, 8. Toddler Backpack, 9. Charli(z)e Tunic

We’ll be showcasing your projects even more in the future, so keep adding your photos to the Flickr pools (link goes to gallery page, all pools)!

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The (sad) tale of a sweater

I had this idea for a felted coat for Clementine made from one of my old wool sweaters. I called my sister Elli who knits and asked her for some help. She explained that (and this is the gist of felting) you can basically wash the sweater in hot water repeatedly until it is the desired size, and that the wool fibers will tighten up so that you can cut  up the sweater and not worry about it raveling.

So I got right to it. I stuck the sweater in the wash and then dried it on high and lo and behold it was just about Clementine’s size. Sweet.

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{these two sweaters used to be the same size}

Next up was the hardest part. But I took a deep breath, and cut it right down the middle with the scissors.

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Phew. Then I chopped the arms off:

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Not too hard. Maybe even easy! Next I cut the neck ribbing out:

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Easy peasy! I trimmed the bottom ribbing off.

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Looking pretty good! I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I’m on a ROLL. On FI-YAH.

How about some pockets?

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NO PROBLEM! See, I’m good at this, I’m making it happen, I’m a WHIZ. Watch me make a coat from a sweater in a snap, yeah???

OK, time to add a button tab and a zipper. Little strip of sweater = Button Tab. Trip to Joann = 12″ Sport Zipper.

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So I hit my first bump with the zipper when the sweater started stretched way more than the zipper and looked weird. OK. But I can roll with that. A little unsewing, a little basting, a little try-it-again. The next attempt was better, but still a bit bubbly:

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But not too bad. I could probably just put this under the iron really quick, just steam it up a little, just flatten it out a bit. Right?

So…I put it under the iron AND THAT’S WHEN IT ALL WENT HORRIBLY WRONG. As I lifted up the iron I saw long red strings like hot glue. Seriously? No, joke, I had melted the zipper SHUT. Unbelievable.

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So that’s how that went. Learn from my mistakes.

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On the plus side, I can still get the zipper partially open. She can just wear it as a pullover, right? Kidding, sortof. Time to start unsewing again. *sigh*

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Friday photos

Don’t really have time to talky-talky today. Seems like my blog can’t keep up with everything I’m doing lately (which I think is good…right?). So instead, a few pictures from my week…

A trip to the Children’s Garden with friends:

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A sudden after-dinner rainstorm:

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Playing Red Fish on the tablet-thingy while Clementine naps:

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And some more work on this pattern, again:

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Elliot and Mama:

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Persimmon Skirt with covered buttons

And another project just for me, this red gathered skirt with covered buttons and pockets.

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Made with a very breezy-flowy Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in the color called Persimmon. It’s pretty lightweight but with a slip and black tights I think I’ll be able to make it work through at least October.

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If you click on the picture above you can really see the two colors of thread in the weave. I love the visual textures that shot cottons have just from those two different colors.

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Covered buttons make me happy. Not when I’m making them. Just when I’m looking at them later.

I’m sure I’ve said this before but I feel that sewing apparel for myself in solids tends to be more rewarding; the items are more likely to find something in my wardrobe to coordinate with (like the top I’m wearing in the pictures above from Anthro). BUT it’s always really hard to buy solid fabrics online, since you can’t feel the drape or thickness. So I try to stick with fabrics I can predict, and I’m always happy with the KF shots (the fabric here was purchased from Pink Castle, a quick check shows a few more here at Charmstitch). They are almost sheer and have a really nice drape and are really soft. I also love this men’s shirt Novita at very purple person made for her husband out of the same fabric!

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Pattern is a bunch of rectangles with pockets thrown in. Took my waist measurement, did a little Maths (you’re welcome for that link), and POOF! *OK not really*

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How does she always manage to do that? It’s hard to keep the toddlers out of the pictures around here.