Hey y’all! I can not tell you how excited I am to be here! Big thanks to Sara for asking me to join in. Today I’ll be reviewing the ever-popular Birdie Sling pattern from Amy Butler.
While it seems that everyone and their sister has made a Birdie Sling over the past few years, I hadn’t made one until now. After receiving a beautiful one from my dear friend Jennifer, I knew that I finally needed to try the pattern out for myself.
I’ve heard from a number of people who have the impression that Amy Butler patterns are hard, but really and truly this pattern is pretty easy going. You don’t even need any fancy hardware or tools; aside from your everyday sewing notions like thread, scissors, a sewing machine, etc. all you need is fabric, interfacing, and fusible fleece! Totally rad!
I used the downloadable PDF version of the pattern and printed off the pattern pieces without a hitch. It’s obviously a little bit more work to go this route but I like that I will always have the pattern pieces to print off again. The instructions and diagrams included in the pattern are excellent, although I did find the diagram for the gusset to be unnecessarily complicated making that one step a little bit more difficult to figure out than it should have been.
The pattern recommends Pellon Shapeflex for the interfacing but that isn’t easy to find in Canada so I just used a mid-weight interfacing that I had in my stash and that worked just fine. I’m not going to lie, I don’t have a lot of patience for ironing on interfacing but this wasn’t too bad because there aren’t an excessive number of pieces. Other than changing the type of interfacing used I didn’t change anything in the pattern.
All three of the fabrics that I used for my bag were 44″ wide (the pattern also gives instructions for cutting from 54″ wide) and I was able to cut all of my pattern pieces using less than a yard of each of the fabrics. The pattern call for 1 1/8 yards of each fabric and I always recommend following the pattern when buying fabric, but if you are pulling from your stash or only have one yard of a special fabric, test you pattern pieces against it to double check and see if it will fit.
I would rate this as an advanced beginner pattern since there isn’t any hardware or fancy equipment needed, the pattern pieces are easy to differentiate and cut, and the bag comes together with minimal fuss and bother.
I am in love with my new Birdie Sling and can’t wait to start filling it up with all my “stuff” and carrying it around everyday! If you are scared of making bags (or scared to try one of Amy Butler’s patterns), I say give this one a go – you won’t regret it!