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Comment by Cheryl Dawson on March 15, 2017 at 6:29pm

Oh and did I mention the length of webbing that she told you to cut at half the length you actually need? I think it was because you double it and then sew it on, so the finished length is half the total you need to cut. Just inattentive but someone with less experience would have been completely baffled. By that time, however, I had realized I was on my own. Fortunately I had plenty of webbing, having bought it by the roll in order to have it available for bags.

Comment by Cheryl Dawson on March 15, 2017 at 6:26pm

Yes, Riana, especially after I wrote the author asking for clarification and she replied saying she hadn't looked at this pattern for years and she'd have to look at it again, then never again replied.,,I gave up on her.

And Ginny, the saving grace is that I do have my own ideas. I sometimes get myself in trouble by thinking I know what to do, so this time I was trying to be a good girl and actually follow instructions. Well, forget that! I was, however, glad to have the actual pattern pieces, as I probably would have had to make a mock-up to get the shape.

Glad you all like the faux chenille. I went on quite a kick of doing that for a while and I may not have completely kicked the habit yet. Our quilters' guild has a member that does very elegant things with it and I've so admired her work that I keep trying to emulate it in my own way. 

Comment by Ginny Andersen on March 15, 2017 at 6:11pm

If it's any consolation, Cheryl, the bag is very cool! The faux chenille really adds a great element! I noticed it on several of your bags! It also shows you have the skill to make something work on your own, without clear direction! That is something many of us can't do! 

Comment by Riana Noyes on March 15, 2017 at 6:05pm

l think the chenille idea's terrific. What you went through making it is a shame, after paying for a reason why l never buy patterns, but draft my own. Love your fabric choice.

Comment by Cheryl Dawson on March 15, 2017 at 4:13pm

The pattern is called "Kidney Sling Pack" by Laura Dennison. Use this pattern at your own psychological peril. I have been sewing for about 60 years and I've never seen such a badly written pattern. It has omissions, things in wrong order and very vague instructions. I had to ask a friend to help me fill in the instructions. 

The band on the bag is a faux chenille, as are the side pockets. I substituted that for the flying geese that were supposed to around the bag. I did it again with the flying geese and added a bunch of pockets in various places, both time on the lining, along with a hook on a strap for keys. 

I have the sled dog fabric in various colorways. I have made this bag twice now and I have thrown most of the pattern away except for the little part where she gives instructions on doing the flying geese that were supposed to go around the band. I will never do this one again. Putting the binding on the edge is a real nightmare.

Comment by Callie Randall on March 15, 2017 at 10:53am

Very nice, pattern? Love the material...

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