I made this bag first:
|Orange theme sling bag|
|Sling strap and top flap|
The pattern is: #1201 Flip Flap Bag, "fat quarter friendly" (unless your fat quarter includes selvages!!), "cross body bag with double secret pockets."
I like the secret pockets and the not-secret pocket in the main body of the bag. They recommend using fusible fleece for stabilizing, which I did. I like the weight of the sling strap that results.
They recommend using buttons on the flaps, so I used some special ones that I found in my stash. They look like masks from Africa.
|Bag with buttons|
The second time is the charm! Now that I KNOW how this bag is constructed, and I understand why I made the mistake I did, I modified and marked the instructions so I wouldn't have trouble the next time. I again pulled out a few fabrics from my stash and came up with this:
|Brown and green sling bag|
|Sling bag with jewelry pin|
|Inside: Hidden pocket 1 constructed in middle flap|
|Inside: Hidden pocket 2 constructed in main bag body|
|Inside main bag body: Non-hidden pockets|
Ok, I've decided that the fusible fleece is too wimpy. I'll be making my next bag with a more rigid stabilizer so that it doesn't become all floppy once I have things in the bag.