Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Search for the Best Crossbody Bag- Bag #1: Two Zip Hipster (Pattern By Erin Erikson)




Hello friends!  I'm back from a little getaway with my husband celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary!  We had a great time in St. Louis checking out a Cardinals baseball game (their new stadium is awesome!), touring Anheuser Busch (horses and free beer!), and watching Captain America (best Marvel movie yet!).  I just realized that my vacation and this post kind of have a red, white, and blue theme! 

Well, as my title of this post states, I'm on a mission to find a great crossbody bag to sell at Gina's Craft Corner (my home business).  Everywhere I look, young and old are wearing crossbodies.  They ARE so convenient, especially for mothers who need at LEAST 2 arms while out and about with the kiddos.

I decided to give the Two Zip Hipster, by Erin Erikson from the blog Dog Under My Desk, a try.  Let's check it out!

Two Zip Hipster Crossbody by Ginas Craft Corner (Pattern by Erin Erikson)



I am excited to say that I already had all of the materials for this bag on hand.  You will need two zips (one at least 14" and another at least 9").   You will also need a yard of your main fabric.  This chevron print was actually the very first 'nice' material I had ever purchased.  It was the beginning of my addiction/obsession with fabric, I guess you could say. 

Two Zip Hipster Crossbody by Ginas Craft Corner (Pattern by Erin Erikson)



First of all, I love how the zipper pocket in the front is tucked between two panels and that there is an additional slip pocket behind it. 

Two Zip Hipster Crossbody by Ginas Craft Corner (Pattern by Erin Erikson)


Two Zip Hipster Crossbody by Ginas Craft Corner (Pattern by Erin Erikson)
I was excited to try this bag because it would be m first time adding a zipper closure to the top of a bag.  I know!  I have just always used snaps, or the patterns I choose always have snaps.  It actually was really easy.  Erin Erikson, the creator of this pattern, has a lot of great pictures to help you along and her instructions are very clear.  I do have to say, though, that it took me almost as long to make that little tab on the end of the zipper, than it took to make the entire bag.  I may be exaggerating a little, but it was crazy.  Sometimes I'm really good at hard things, and stumble over easy task. 

Two Zip Hipster Crossbody by Ginas Craft Corner (Pattern by Erin Erikson)
You could use a D-Ring here, or something similar.  I had a slider on hand, so I decided to use it instead.

Two Zip Hipster Crossbody by Ginas Craft Corner (Pattern by Erin Erikson)
 There are two slip pockets inside, which would be perfect for your phone or pocket calendar.

Two Zip Hipster Crossbody by Ginas Craft Corner (Pattern by Erin Erikson)

The only real problem I had with this bag was the adjustable strap.  I used a 1.5" slider, as recommended, but my strap is so thick it will not slide.  I'll have to fix that somehow before I attempt to sell it. 
I'm sure this bag would be loved by any chiefs or cardinals fan out there.  Whatever crossbody bag I end up going with, I am definately doing chevron bags in red and white and black and gold (I'm in MIZZOU country).  :)  

So, what do you think of this crossbody?  Does it have all that you are looking for in a bag? 

WHAT IS NEXT?
The next crossbody I am going to try is the Lombard Street Bag by ChrisWDesigns.  I'm pretty excited about her pattern and already know it will be easy to follow.   

WHAT AM I SEWING TODAY-RIGHT NOW- THIS VERY INSTANT??? 
Today I am finishing up my second conceal and carry bag.  You are going to die when you see this one!  Think, PURPLE CAMO!  I know, crazy, right?  It's super cute and all I have left to add is the hardware.  I can't wait to share it with you!

GIVEAWAY!!  
Don't forget that Diana Rambles and some fabulous ladies are hosting another amazing AMERICAN GIRL GIVEAWAY!  Clcik to enter!
http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com/2014/05/american-girl-doll-summer-wardrobedoll.html

Blessings,
Gina