Monday 22 February 2016

The Bay Boho Bag by Little Moo Designs

I was looking through my "B" patterns in my PDF pattern file for Australian and New Zealand Designer and stumbled across the Bay Boho Bag pattern by Little Moo Designs.  I am constantly in search of a bag that is big enough to fit all of the stuff I have to carry around as a mum as well as my own medical supplies, so I thought I would give it a go.

Little Moo Designs is an Australian company run by the lovely Kylie (AKA Mrs Moo), specialising in bags and pouches to meet most of your needs.  The Bay Boho is the second bag I have sewn from her patterns ( have already finished the Willow Tote), but I have a few in my stash.

I went searching through my stash and came up with a lovely Asian themed fabric with a dragonfly print and a contrasting red floral fabric.  Although they weren't strictly "boho" they are certainly beautiful.  After printing and reviewing the pattern, I decided a few minor tweeks were in order (I rarely follow patterns it to the letter) to suit my needs - a zipper and some bigger internal pockets.

To make the extra large pockets: 

  1. Fold the main pattern piece just below the markings for the zipper pocket. 
  2. Cut 2 of the main fabric, 2 of the lining fabric and 2 of the interfacing on the fold.  
  3. Interface the main pieces.
  4. With right sides together, sew the main and lining pieces together.  
  5. Turn and top stitch
  6. With the lining facing the main piece, baste one pocket to each side of the bag.
  7. If you want, you can divide the pocket(s) into as many parts as you want by sewing a double stitched line from the top of the pocket to the bottom of the bag. 
On to the zipper! After measuring and thinking about it, I decided that a 22" separating zipper was the way to go. The installation was very simple and done after the zipper pocket:

  1. Starting with the separating end 1cm from the corner on the main pattern piece, pin the zipper face down along the curved edge at the top of the bag.  Ease the end of the zip into the seam.
  2. Sew together. 
  3. Fold the fabric back.  
  4. Pin the other main piece on the edge, right sides together.
  5. Sew together.  
  6. Open and separate the two sides of the zip.
  7. Assemble the bag following Mrs Moo's instructions. 
Overall the pattern goes together really well and is a great pattern for a confident beginner.  I just love how this turned out and I astounded by how much I can fit in it!

Get your copy of the Bay Boho Bag here.

Happy sewing! :-)

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