Yesterday Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness released a new handbag pattern called The Sloan Bag. I had the opportunity to test this pattern out for Sara and would love to show you my version of it as well as my thoughts about the bag overall.
The Sloan measures in at 18” long x 14” tall x 6” deep. My pictures may not show it, but this is a LARGE bag! Both side gussets have a nice roomy pocket with flap. I used a small magnetic snap closure for the flap, but a simple snap is written in the pattern. The pattern also includes a front curved zippered pocket. Because of my fabric weight and the Soft & Stable, I opted out of that. My exterior is a mid-weight home decor print and interior is a vintage newspaper print I found at Joann’s. The straps and pocket flaps are Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black.
I’m a huge fan of pockets, so the fact that one side is complete slip in pockets and the other is a large zippered pocket is a huge pro for me. Sara also wrote in a very easy to install main zipper closure which I liked. Recessed zippers are one of my favorite ways to close a bag. It lets you have that added security yet if you don’t want to use it, it will just lay flat on the sides of the bag.
Here’s another shot of the insides….just because. Pockets rock. Did you see the two other pockets on the gussets?! Bonus. Okay, moving on!
I added simple bag feet to my bag bottom. With the size and weight I thought it was a good idea. I think next time I may add two more in the middle though. What do you think?
This is an intermediate skilled pattern. Being comfortable with zipper and snap installations is a must. If you are looking for a traveling bag or a diaper bag pattern this would be perfect. I tend to like larger bags so this one can travel with me to various boy activities and store a lot of stuff!!
Sara is having a sale on this pattern over at her shop through May 20th so head over to check it out.