Dramatic Butterfly Sling Purse

Before I got pregnant last year (or maybe even longer, eek!), I promised a friend of mine that I’d made her a bag. She wanted black and red alligator (faux) skin for the outside and leopard print for the inside. This isn’t something I’d pick to make for myself, but that’s why it’s fun to sew for other people, sometimes. This purse was a bit challenging, but I think it turned out fantastic.

Butterfly Sling Purse - Black and Red Drama

Butterfly Sling Purse – Black and Red Drama

I love this pattern and am going to definitely (eventually) make one for myself. The design is clever and at the same time, not over done. It was pretty straight forward to sew. The pattern comes from Emmaline Bags as a part of Sew Sweetness’ Bag of the Month that just wrapped up (and is now available on her site, here). I showed my friend a couple of patterns from that and she chose the Butterfly Sling Purse. I thought the directions were great, easy to understand without being overdone. I love the result and hope my friend does too! Making one for myself is now on my list 🙂

One thing I learned during this process is that none of the stores around me sell turn locks or metal sliders anymore. 😦 I guess my purse hardware will have to come from online now. I try to support local stores, especially smaller specialty shops, but I guess this is one chase where online is the only real option. Anybody have favorite places to buy?




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