During my trip to Lexington, I took the Swing Bag to test it out in real use. I have to say, (brag a bit, LOL!!) that it performed beyond expectation. I expected it to hold some clothes and cosmetics, and be easy to carry, but I found that it did more than that. The pattern is easy, mostly constructed flat, and the zipper insertion is a breeze. You won’t believe how easy it is! I’ll be making several more of these using up some jelly roll strips and piecing bits to make the next one scrappy.
First, it fit nicely on the top of DH’s suitcase with the handle reaching the top so he could stack it. Sure made it easy to carry with another suitcase.
Plus, you will not believe how much stuff was in it. I got all these clothes for a four day trip, plus three pairs of shoes (one a pair of walking shoes) and all my other essentials in it. There are seven tops, two pairs of shorts, two pairs of long pants, plus sleepwear.
Items with liquids like my hair spray and contact lens solution were held upright in the long inside pocket, eliminating the need to encase them in a zip lock bag (although you could still do that).
All these items were in the bag, and that cosmetic bag is full!
The Swing Bag is wide enough for my cosmetic case to fit sideways at one end, with plenty of space for clothes and shoes.
The pattern has more ideas for adjustments to the pockets for ease of use, and also instructions to add a water bottle strap for use as a gym bag.
The Swing Bag will hold towels and a hair dryer, gym clothes, bathing suit for water aerobics, and a fresh change of clothes for after your shower if you want to use it as a workout bag. It has more space than you will need for a day trip, and plenty of space for a week’s stay out of town.
A few comments have come in from pattern buyers, here’s a look at what others have said –
Mary (stitchinggrandma) said “I just downloaded the pattern , and I LOVE all the extra photo’s and details you included!!! Worth much more than the minimal $2 investment!”
Pat T wrote “*Thank you* for all you do, Carole, to teach, encourage, and inspire! I just downloaded your pattern at Craftsy!… Thank you for the extra pictures in it, and the extra details! (That makes your great directions very clear to even beginning sewers.)”
Gynette said “Just purchased your Swing Bag pattern and I’m delighted with the detail. So many details I missed on the blog. This will be a delightful gift for my high school aged granddaughter. But I will be making it from heavier fabric and a metal zipper for her. Also plan on making one for my quilting buddy, Carol (without the “e”) and one for me. I never seem to get me one made. Thanks for spending your time designing and offering this pattern. Now to peruse my stash for the perfect fabric.”
Thank you, ladies, for your support and encouragement! Today is the last day to get the pattern on the intro price of $2, and see the details not included in the Christmas in July tutorial post. After today, the price will be reset to its regular price of $9. Click on Scrap Dance Swing Bag for the pattern!
Last note, thank you to alert readers Rhonda and Donna who let me know about a mistake in the border instructions in the final reveal post for Scrap Dance Two Step. The strips between the flying geese in the middle of the border should be 20-1/2 inches, not 16-1/2. And the corner areas are 16-1/2, not 12-1/2 inches. The block is 12-1/2 inches unfinished, so the strips must equal 12-1/2 + 4 inches for each section over the adjacent block.
The download has been corrected. The area to put your counts now looks like this.
_____ strips 20-1/2 x 2-1/2 between the flying geese in the border middles
_____ strips 16-1/2 x 2-1/2 between the flying geese and the corners around the square block units
_____ strips 2-1/2 x 12/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 14-1/2 for the bottom corners
_____ strips 2-1/2 x 4/12 and 2 strips 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 for the top corners
Download the corrected final reveal – Final Reveal The pattern for Two Step will remain up for a few weeks, then will be removed from the blog and put on Craftsy.
And lastly, I have tamed the beast!! The Be My Neighbor flimsy is done and I’ll show you my solution to the yellow houses on Friday. Now, can I get it quilted without ripping?
Are you sewing today?