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And Another One!

Sometimes as I write these Blogs I wonder if at some point you, my awesome readers, will say to yourselves, “Shawna….really? Again?” I wonder this not about the blog post, but about me using the same fabric repeatedly lol!! If this is you, I apologize, but the good news is that at least it’s not the same fabric on the same exact project…right lol?!? I just can’t help it, I’m still so obsessed with this fabric! Please tell me this has happened to you too…please lol!

Large Japanese Purple Floral with Metallic

I think the perfect thing to say next would be #sorry not sorry lol! Especially since I will still have another Blog post in the future featuring another project with this fabric rofl!!!!

Ok, enough about the fabric, let’s get to the actual project lol! This is a pattern I’ve had for a little while and just hadn’t gotten around to making it yet! Every single bag maker that I follow on social media makes it, and usually on repeat, claiming it to be one of their most requested bags! Lately I’ve seen so many people wearing similar bags too, from famous people to the Mom’s out shopping, and men too, and all ages of people too! So I finally got down to business and whipped one up too!

The Dayna Pack by Linds Handmade Designs

If you’re like me, and grew up during the 90s, you may recognize this as the “butt/bum pack” lol, which, I’ll be honest as always, I was never a fan of! I could be wrong, but I don’t think I ever even owned one! So has my opinion changed? Nope, not at all, but what I do love is how the resurgence of this bag is seeing it being worn differently! I mean, you absolutely can wear it as a waist bag but it is now more popularly worn as a crossbody bag! The majority of them that I’ve seen have quite a slim profile so they sit quite flat against your chest, hip or back, however you decide to wear it!

So here’s mine, looking super fab in that gorgeous fabric, of course lol! I paired it with some black vinyl I had in my stash and I decided to use some 1″ black seatbelt webbing for the strap! The actual pattern calls for d-rings and swivel hooks but I eliminated all of that and chose to just use a 1″ plastic buckle and strap adjuster!

There is only one compartment to this bag as the pattern is written but of course, there are some super smart people out there that have come up with a couple of “hacks”, one being adding an additional pocket on the back that opens along the top, which I did consider doing but in my opinion, this isn’t a bag that is supposed to carry a bunch of “stuff”, just the necessities, so I left mine as is. Another hack I saw was putting a card slot inside the pocket and I think I will do that on future ones, that way I can eliminate carrying a wallet altogether!

And finally, I just have to share a picture of my favourite thing I added to this project, hope you’re ready for this awesomeness!!

Eeeekkkkk!!! My bestie, Nancy, gifted me these amazing tags that she had made just for me!! They bring me a joy I can barely describe! Every time I open my bag and see it, I just smile! She knows my passion/obsession with my Pugs, heck, all Pugs lol, so these couldn’t be any more fitting! They are from an amazing company called Ever Emblem and I’m in love with them! They are amazing quality and I will definitely be re-ordering them and absolutely adding another version, or two or three!

Do you put labels in your makes? Do you have personalized ones or the more generic “handmade/homemade/sewn” kind of ones, which are absolutely great too! I automatically put it in the inside but then I got thinking after, why not put it on the outside somewhere too?!? Hmmm, I’ll have to give this more thought for the next make lol!

I hope you all have an amazing week and find some time to do something just for you! I appreciate you all!

Shawna

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