Introducing the Olivia Bag

I just have to tell you about the other pattern I released this month, the Olivia Bag.  Shown in Art Gallery (surprise, surprise – I’ve never met an Art Gallery fabric I didn’t just fall all over ga ga about. ).  I love their fabrics. The large Olivia Bag is shown in Luxe in Bloom and the Mini Olivia is in Carnaby Street.

TheOliviaBag.ATB-134 from Around the Bobbin

The Olivia Bag is a quick project. As with a lot of purse making, the prep of cutting out and interfacing the pieces is about half the time. But on this one, the sewing doesn’t take very long at all.  I’m done in a couple hours, and I am not a fast sewer (ask anyone–I get easily distracted and tempted to keep changing the pattern for fun).  Anyway, my point is that this one is a quick sew, but it doesn’t skimp on the details like a center pleat and horizontal stitching along the lower bag (more pictures below will highlight that).

I wanted to share some pictures of the Olivia Bag.  The pattern includes two sizes.  My daughter–Olivia– is wearing the Mini-Olivia size in the picture above, and you can see in the picture that the Olivia Bag is quite a bit bigger than the Mini Olivia. The Mini Olivia is made from just two fat quarters and it’s the perfect size for your phone, some keys and your i.d./cash.  Just the essentials and it doesn’t weigh you down.  Actually, you forget you’re wearing it!

Here’s a fun, retro version in the Vintage Scrapbook collection from Benartex’ Contempo line, shown in their booth at fall quilt market in red retro phone fabric!

Contempo booth at fall market 2013 - Olivia Bag

Here’s a close-up of the larger size in the blue retro phone fabric from the same collection:

Olivia Bag in Vintage Scrapbook (Contempo)

Here is the larger size  in Andover’s Moon Flowers collection:

Olivia Bag in Andover's Moon Flower collection

And, to show you one more look, I just finished these samples in Hot off the Press, the funky new batik collection from Fresh Water Designs designed by Stephanie Prescott.  These are …. hot off the press, still warm from my iron!:


I like this picture because it shows the stitching along the lower band, which adds a nice finishing touch to the bag.  The lower part of the bag is interfaced with Soft-and-Stable, which gives a nice structure to the bag.  I like to use Soft-and-Stable when I want the stitching to take center stage–in this case, the foam center of the soft-and-stable is the  perfect stabilizer behind the scenes to make the lines of stitching pop.

So, now you’ve met Olivia.  The bag anyway. You didn’t see too much of the girl behind the bag, but my daughter Olivia is particularly awesome!

Happy Sewing!