Friday, August 18, 2017

Bodacious Bowler Bags by Chris W Designs

Large and small size versions shown for comparison

I was delighted to be a tester for this new pattern from Chris W Designs - Bodacious Bowler Bags. It is one great pattern in three sizes. Make a Bowler for yourself and for your youngsters or grand children. They all feature a front slip pocket that is perfect for adding a special fabric your favorite embroidery design, an interior slip pocket and zipper pocket. Additionally, the large size has a wonderful easy access slip pocket that is perfect for phone or keys.

Finished sizes
      Large about 12.5" W x 9.5" H x 5" D
      Medium about  10.5" W x 8" H x 4" D
      Small about 8.5" W x 6.75" H x 3.25" D

 It is classed as an intermediate pattern and I believe that designation is correct. It is not difficult as long as the pattern and directions are followed step-by-step, because Christine has once again used her marvelous fabric engineering to put this together such that you end up with a very professional looking bag. It is a fairly quick sew (in fact I was able to make two sizes during the test phase).

Large size, front featuring a large slip pocket (that I chose to divide into two slip pockets).

Small size front showing large embroidered exterior slip pocket (the embroidering design is included with the pattern).

Large size back

Small size back
Large size showing inside zipper pocket.

Large size showing inside slip pockets.
Large size showing hidden slip phone pocket

Small from side showing front slip pocket
Small size inside showing both slip pocket and zipper pocket

Small size showing zipper pocket -- had a little fun by changing the slide from red to green to match the colors in the strawberries.
Large size base with feet.

Small size base
I chose to use quilting cottons for most of the exterior and interior of both bags. For the large I used a black faux naugahyde for the front slip pocket and black vinyl for the bottom trim and handles. For the small, I simply used all quilting cottons.

You can get your own copy of the pattern here. The embroidery design comes in both 3" and 4" and can also be purchased at

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