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Hot Hues Convertible Crossbody FOOLER Bag

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    This is a 46 page PDF with over 80 photos to help you be successful!


    • Your completed bag will be about 9" high by 7" wide at the top (23cm x 18cm). Width at the bottom will be somewhere between 9" to 10" (23-25cm) depending on how you finish off the corners (standard or boxed).

    • Pattern measurements are provided in both metric and imperial. Templates for cutting are included.

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    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    Inspired by my mom's need for something to carry on days when she "doesn't have pockets", the Hot Hues Convertible Crossbody Fooler Bag may be your answer to trying to follow fickle fashion trends!

    Imagine making a simple crossbody bag that you can update the look of from season to season, just by changing the button-on flap... or switching out the strap. Instead of spending big bucks trying to keep up with the latest "hot hue", create your own trendy accessory that can transform just by buttoning or clipping! Oh, and in case you're wondering, the top edge does not open up — hence, the "FOOLER" part of the name.

    The Hot Hues Convertible Crossbody FOOLER Bag is not only a fashionable choice for young and old alike, its two pockets provide roomy storage for just enough stuff for a handsfree shopping day or an evening at the movies.


    While this is classified as a beginner level project, it is written for someone who has successfully completed a couple of simple sewing projects in the past (ideally, something like a zippered pouch or wristlet). It would be preferable if you were not intimidated by the idea of zippers and buttonholes, even if you have not had previous experience with them.

    ATTENTION! This bag DOES NOT OPEN UP at the top and consists of just the two pockets on the front and back; the flap does not cover an opening to any traditional "interior". On page 29 of the pattern, there is a heading that reads "Close Up Top Seam". If this instruction is ignored, you will end up with a bag that opens up into a mess, but this was — obviously — not the intention of the design, despite a previous complaint by someone. Please read carefully, follow the instructions and you will not have issues.

    For more information about this bag, check out my blog post at http://esheepdesigns.blogspot.com/2014/06/new-pattern-release-hot-hues.html

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Several coordinating/contrasting fabrics (3 fat quarters in total should suffice; total fabric usage depends on whether you make fabric straps)
    • Up to 1/3 yd/m of Decor Bond or Pellon SF101
    • 18' x 10" (46cm x 26cm) piece of Pellon 987F (fusible fleece)
    • Two 3/4" (2cm) D-rings (if using a pre-made chain strap that comes with swivel hooks; optional)
    • 3/4" (2cm) wide belt or webbing cut to desired length (optional)
    • Two 7" (18cm) or longer matching/contrasting zippers
    • Pins, clips, ruler, fading marker, your sewing machine's zipper foot & buttonholer, iron, pressing cloth, etc.
    • One to four contrasting buttons, up to 1" (2.5cm) in diameter
    • Matching/contrasting thread
    • Two 3/4" (2cm) swivel snap hooks (if using a chain for a strap; optional)