Frenchy Bags

Last week, I got the urge to tick one of the things off my to-do list, I sewed up an Amy Butler Frenchy Bag. Ooh-la-la! It's so cute!

Check out the cuteness.
This is the only Amy Butler pattern I have sewn, but if all of her patterns are this user-friendly...I'll be back for more. The directions were so clear and straightforward. I am used to sewing the patterns from big companies like Simplicity or Butterick. While I love them, they can be a little confusing and unnecessarily complicated. Amy keeps it simple and straightforward. Love it.

Love you Frenchy Bag pattern!

The pattern includes directions for a handbag and a large tote. I chose the large tote (because I need a mom purse). I did not deviate from the pattern except for leaving off the magnetic closure because I didn't feel like I needed it.

When I was sewing my bag it occurred to me what a great advanced beginner project this would be. You learn about interfacing, simple pleats, handle joining, and laying in a lining with pockets. If you have never followed a garment pattern before, this is a great place to start.

Detail of pleats and handle join.

When I told Alex that I was writing this post today, she asked me why she has not seen me wearing my new bag. Well, let me tell ya...I love it, I really do. I'm just afraid it might be a little loud. Maybe I will feel differently when the summer hits us and I am wearing different clothes, but right now the fabric seems too bold. (Speaking of fabric, the blue floral pattern is from last year's Amy Butler collection and the mustard is something in my stash by Moda from a few years ago.) I might have to make another in more subtle tones.

It's another love fest, I'm giving this pattern a thumbs up. I encourage everyone to make one....then we will all match! We can call ourselves the Frenchy Bag club. I'm so lame... ;)



  1. Tres cute! I will try one, and post for you, even though I'm just a little past the beginners stage. Is the fabric canvas? Thanks girlfriend!

  2. @Maggie: Yeah!! That would be awesome! The blue fabric is decorator weight, but the mustard fabric isn't. There are directions on how to interface a lightweight fabric in the you can use either a heavier or lighter weight fabric.

  3. Glad to know that her patterns are simple - I want to start sewing, and I'm already in luh-hurve with her fabrics. Very nice!

  4. @kat: I know right? Those fabrics are enough to get anyone to pick up a pattern and start sewing! You can do it kat!

  5. Gorgeous! I love love the blue fabric!

  6. @Angela: Thanks! Amy Butler fabric really can't be beat!