I was excited when this pattern swap was planned, I don’t usually get to use other designer’s patterns and I definitely never get to sew any bags. I was assigned to sew one of Aivilo Charlotte’s designs, I decided on the Convertible Backpack to Tote since it looked like it would be a simple starter bag.
By the way the bag is currently on sale on her etsy page
It ended up being a cute little bag that I think will be perfect to use as a project bag for portable crochet or knitting projects (but don’t tell my hubby, he already thinks I have too many). This bag worked up fairly quickly but it would take me half the time if I ever decided to make it again.
I did make a few changes from the pattern for personal preference or by accident because I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing.
-I ended up accidentally cutting out the main pieces too short so the bag is shorter than it should be.
-I did cut out a contrast for the outside pocket but I stitched it on backwards so the contrast is now facing to the inside
-I omitted the inside pocket since I knew I would never use it
-I also omitted the interfacing for the main part of the bag, I didn’t want to add any more thickness to the bag but the straps do still have interfacing.
-Since I had accidentally cut it to short, I raised up the loops by an inch to add extra room to the inside of the bag
-Finally I decided to thread the ties on so that it’s still a backpack but so that the ties are at the top in the front of the bag rather than in the back.