Yesterday, I showed how I was asked to create two bags for a customer from her mother’s suede coat.  I shared potential pattern ideas with my customer by sending links to tote patterns that I own. I also had her explore my Tote board on Pinterest.   She selected the Two Zip Hipster pattern by Erin Erickson of Dog Under My Desk. She also requested that she be able to fit her Ipad into it. I purchased the pattern. 

The pattern description states that the pattern includes:

    • 15 page full color tutorial with photos
    • 17 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (9 pattern pieces total, must be printed and taped together)
    • Dimensions provided as well as pattern pieces
    • Detailed construction and zipper instructions
Here’s my review in one word:

The pattern is very well written. The instructions are concise and there are illustrative photos that are numbered according to the step.

The bag features an adjustable strap, two outside pockets (one of which is zippered) inside pockets and a top zipper.

This was the second bag I was creating from the suede coat. I was unsure if I would have enough of the suede, so when I saw the Ikat fabric, I thought it would be a great accent fabric. You can get creative with the pattern by using different fabrics for the various pieces in the pattern. I used Ikat fabric on the front side pieces as an accent.

This seam and pocket is not part of the pattern, but part of the upcycled suede coat I used as my fabric.

It probably took me a day to sew up this bag during my “normal” life. Making bags can be tedious. There are many steps and sometimes you have to read carefully to make sure you are doing the step correctly.  For example, when sewing a zipper into a lined pocket. It is not difficult to do, but it takes time to set it up and ensure you have the fabrics in the correct orientation.  It took me extra time to determine which pieces of fabric I was using, also, since I was upcycling a suede coat. I did not interface the suede, but I did interface the canvas.  Dog Under My Desk has some Interfacing Tips here.

I love learning new techniques and this pattern has several. I had never made a recessed-type top zipper. Again, the pattern was very clear on the steps.

My customer wanted to be able to fit her Ipad in the bag.  I used this description to increase the pattern by 10%. There are ideas on how to add an inside pocket. My Nook fits nicely into the outside pocket and would have no problem fitting inside the bag.

I will DEFINITELY be making this pattern again. I would love it for myself because I am currently using a Vera Bradley hipster, which is nice, but my Nook does not fit into it.

I talked to Erin about whether or not I can make this for other customers if any request it. She said that her license includes the option to sell a small quantity of bags.

If you are looking for a fantastic tote pattern and looking to grow your bag-making skills, try the Two Zip Hipster!