Today I’m sharing the Sidekick Sling Bag from Betz White. The Sidekick Sling Bag is available as a printed pattern or pdf download, my favorite kind of pattern! It’s so great not to have to wait for a paper pattern to be mailed to you. Plus it’s nice to have the directions and new pattern pieces at your disposal at any time, just in case your pieces get worn out (or the baby spits up all over them…). I like to print all my patterns & pieces & keep them in a three-ring binder so I can easily find what I’m looking for.
The Sidekick Sling is listed as a pattern for a Confident Beginner: “You are familiar with your sewing machine and have taken a sewing class or have learned to sew from a book or video. You have successfully sewn a few small projects and are ready to learn more.” I agree this is definitely a beginner project, but the shape & style of the bag are fun even for someone who is used to more complicated bags. I actually had a hard time following through the instructions, not because they are difficult but because I’m used to making things my own way, so it was easy to get on auto-pilot & forget to check the instructions. That being said, it’s still a great pattern to have for its fun & unique shape.
The pattern calls for 3/4 yard each of exterior and lining fabrics, 1 3/4 yard woven cotton interfacing, 1 3/4 yard 1″ cotton webbing (I used nylon), 2 curtain grommets, and a magnetic snap. I actually happened to have the grommets already on hand from another project, but you can pick them up at JoAnn Fabrics, WalMart, Target, and maybe even stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.
I used a decor weight fabric for the exterior and a solid quilting cotton for my lining. Here’s a little tip for finding cheap decor weight fabric – clearance table cloths!
LoadingI love Target clearance tablecloths for cheap (and cute!) home dec fabric!
The pocket looks a little wonky in the corners, but gets stretched back out when you sew the lining pieces together.