from the booklet The Bags Have It! by Sherri K. Falls of This & That
The ‘sweet & simple’ part of the name is remarkably accurate. Everyone who has seen it has remarked that it’s a great size and how nice the shape is! The word ‘sack’, however, had to have been chosen simply for its alliteration appeal. This is quite simply too adorable to be deemed a ‘sack’! Of course, this is just my opinion.
The pattern instructions are very clear and concise but I’ll let you in on a little secret: Don’t tell but I did change some things around to suit me. I chose not to put buttons on the prairie points—I didn’t want to cover up the floral design. (In hindsight my fabric choice for the prairie points gets lost in the busyness of the main fabric, but I still like it). I also changed the handle to match the top of the bag and used a different fabric altogether for the lining. Part of the fun of making this project is personalizing it to fit your style.
The magic of the shape on this little beauty is accomplished by darts. Don’t let that scare you off! Sherri includes a little template for rounding the corners and marking the darts. I made a copy of the template, (make sure the copier doesn’t alter the image size), glued it to an old file folder, and cut it out. Voila! A template I can trace around over and over.
Cut the rounded corners, match up the lines of the dart, and sew (I backstitched at both ends to secure it). It couldn’t be simpler!
I was always intimidated by zippers but they are actually pretty easy. One great trick is something Sue taught us…have you heard of Wonder Tape? It’s a double sided tape that is perfect to use for zippers. I really urge you to try it. It holds the layers together without pinning! Just tear off a piece about the length you need. Put the sticky side on the edge of the zipper, peel off the paper, and line up your fabric edge to the zipper edge. When you sew it doesn’t gum up the needle. I don’t think I’ll ever do a zipper without it.
There is only one place I think the instructions could be a little clearer: At one point it states to “Open the zipper up”. It’s important here to only open the zipper part way so that the head of the zipper stays in the middle of the bag. At first I opened it all the way and then realized I would be sewing the head outside the bag which wouldn’t work at all!
I love my little bag. Once I put it together I noticed that the design on the back looks a little like Mt. Fuji! I have started to make more as gifts because they are so cute and easy to do. On this one I added a little flange to break up the busyness of the prints.