Rosie in batik

Did I ever tell you about my purse? I love my purse. The bird bag felt a little too springy going into fall/winter last year, so I knew I wanted to make myself something a bit darker. For Mother’s Day last year I got a bundle of patterns from Swoon and, shamefully, didn’t jump right into making any of them. After much debate, I decided the Rosie cross body bag was what I was looking for.

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I had bought myself a pack of batiks from Craftsy with no real plans for them; they were just so pretty! Turns out the one yard cuts are perfect for bag making. I combined one with a solid gray so the batik would stand out and I was even able to find a coordinating zipper in my stash. What to use for the lining was another debate, but I eventually settled on a bright blue for contrast; after all, only I would really see it and maybe it would keep me from losing things in the depths of the bag.

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I didn’t stray far from the pattern. I skipped the interior zipper, knowing that I was apt to never close it. I modified the strap slightly as shown in some of the example photos on the website to use my contrast fabric on one side.

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My regret? Not scotch guarding it as soon as it was done. It’s definitely starting to get a bit dingy, but I’m disinclined to wash it lest it should come out irrevocably misshapen. Now that it’s warm out again, maybe I should make a summer version. Or perhaps move on to a Della wallet…oh, decisions!