I like to attempt new bag patterns once a month if I can squeeze in the time.  Sometimes they are from new to me designers, other instances they are from designers I get pleasure from.  This month I am sharing a pattern from iThinkSew called The Kristin Bag.  To see preceding months testimonials read March,  February , January, and November, or variety in ‘Pattern Reviews’ in the search bar to study far more!

The Kristin Bag is a PDF pattern that is sent to you quickly soon after purchase.  It is  fully typed pattern with clear picture pictures of each and every step and computerized pattern pieces. You can print this pattern in Letter/A4 sizes as well.

For my tote I utilized a mixture of components.  The straps and bag bottom are a textured upholstery vinyl, the exterior and numerous interior pieces are a home decor mid-weight cotton blend.  The interior is a grey lighter weight corduroy.  I employed Pellon SF101 and Soft&ampStable for my interfacings and also quilted the exterior with wide stitches.

This is an simple pattern. A newbie could make a Kristin very easily with or without having the zippers. There is one particular closure zip and one particular interior zip written in the pattern, but I opted to just add the main exterior a single. Directions are incorporated for zipper installation for these that are new to them.

Pattern pieces are handful of.  There is a major panel for the interior, two for the exterior and pieces for the interior zipper or pockets.  I liked the look of the straps sewn into the bottom of the top exterior panel.  I followed the pattern, but next time I consider I’d add a rivet or two at the base of the strap for a visual function. It’s not structurally necessary, but would look sharp!

The gusset is an elongated oval which provides the tote a wide roomy base. I added four purse feet to mine (not in pattern).

I have been sewing with iThinkSew patterns for years and have enjoyed them all.  I have read many mixed critiques of iThinkSew patterns though.  I honestly consider your enjoyment of their patterns depends on how you interpret directions of sewing patterns.  There are a handful of free patterns on the iThinkSew site so try one particular out first to see if it functions for you.

Here is my corduroy interior with alterations.  Since I utilized the huge zipper closure I produced six roomy pockets to store all my ‘stuff’. I feel the interior could have been sewn at a bigger SA to make it a bit much more snug, but that’s a personal preference not the pattern.  This would make a excellent child or toddler bag do not you believe?

The pattern delivers two sizes: A little that finishes at 18” WIDTH X 11 1/2” HEIGHT X 6” DEPTH, and a large Large: 22” WIDTH X 13” HEIGHT X 7” DEPTH.  I wanted to try and make it a tad smaller to see how it would appear so I printed the pattern pieces at 85%.  My finished sizes were approx. 16″ wide at top, 12″ wide about bottom with similar depth.  A wonderful size for me!

I give this pattern a two-thumbs-up.  I consider it’s an all-about versatile bag and will be making a lot more for positive!  Interested in getting this Kristin bag? It will be obtainable in my Etsy shop mid-week!

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