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Pattern Review: Smarty Girl Book Bag

January 6, 2011

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Bags rock. No two ways about it. And who doesn't need more, more MORE?

The Heather Bailey Smart Girl Book Bag has intrigued me for some time, but I never had the magical flash of inspiration to make one... until we got the Tula Pink Parisville collection. I am crazy in love with this gorgeous Marie-Antoinette-inspired cotton print group and had to make things out of it as soon as I saw it. Off to the races! (Well, off to the the sewing room, but you knew what I meant.)


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The pattern itself is initially a little underwhelming. It doesn't offer actual patterns for each piece. For elements that are simple rectangles, it gives dimensions and then you get to do your cutting DIY style. Once I realized how much paper this was saving, I was cool with it. I mean, it's not like I can't handle cutting out a rectangle on my own now and again.

The pattern does have really clear and simple directions, which would be fantastic for someone new to sewing. It goes together lickety-split. Mine went from cutting table to completion in less than two hours.

I made a minor alteration to mine in that I did not cut the two-piece ruffle layer out of two different fabrics. Because the Parisville prints are so intricate and sumptuous, I wanted to give the lovely details on my favorites a little more play.

One thing I will probably add in future versions is either a zipper closure under the flap or a zippered interior pocket to keep a wallet or other valuables safe. I am forever paranoid about important things falling out of my bag if they're not secured.

Another change up I will make on the next one is a slightly longer strap. The bag works ok as is, but I feel it rides a little high if I wear it across my body as shown on the pattern envelope (which is generally my preferred way to wear a bag).

This project gets an A+ in playfulness. It is so much fun to choose the prints for each piece of the bag, and most of them are so small that they require mere scraps.

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Many Smarty Girls will be churned out in my sewing room in the near future, I think. If nothing else, it's a great way to use up smaller pieces left after other projects to create a fantastic gift stash closet!

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3 Comments

Do you think this would make a good library bag for young girls (4-10 yrs)? They usually get 2 large books (hardcover Harry Potter size) or 4 smaller paperback size books at a time. I have been looking at this pattern for awhile but haven't been able to figure out if it what I am looking for or not.

Hi, Laura!

The back of the pattern says "Bag area is approximately 10"w x 13"h x 2"d," and I would say that's pretty accurate. I think it would hold 2 hardbacks, but it might be a tight fit if they're thick (since the Harry Potter books start much slimmer than they end up, I wasn't sure which point in the series you might be referencing).

I definitely was surprised at how much room the finished product has. I think because it looks so cute in pictures, my brain equated it to being small.

I definitely was surprised at how much room the finished product has. I think because it looks so cute in pictures, my brain equated it to being small.
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