I gave a sewing lesson last week to a friends 12 year-old daughter. She had never really sewn before, but she picked it up like a champ! We made Amy Butler's Birdie Sling bag over two days. In all, it took us about 6 hours give or take. I thought that was pretty good after reading reviews (here and here and here) that said that bag takes 10 hours! I took the pattern home the first night and made a bag in about 3 hours. However, I used mid-weight fabric (denim for the main panel and a home decor fabric for the handle) and did not interface it, so it didn't take me as long. I used fabric that I already had on hand, so my bag cost me nada! Yeah for free! My mom called dibs on the bag, but I think one of my sisters stole it for her diaper bag!
Here is a pic of the little lady's bag. Not a great pic (it was taken with a camera phone) but the colors were too cute!
This is my bag.
Up-close and person with the pleats.
For the lining, I used a darling Hawaiian print that I have been "saving" for that special project. I love this print!
It was so fun to hang out with the little lady and share my passion for sewing. And I love this bag! Can't wait to make more:)