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Today I’d like to share another pattern I’ve created for my Make New or Make Do™ Sewing Pattern line: The Olive Swing Bag! Like the Isabella Tote, this too is named after one of my nieces, and this bag was designed to be made from 2 pillowcases. (How fun would this look in vintage pillowcase prints?)

Of course the Olive Swing Bag can also be made with new fabrics, such as my Sprig and Sprouts print in organic sateen, seen above. It’s fully reversible, so it’s like 2 bags in one. It’s nice and roomy and has a button/loop closure.

What’s more, there’s a bonus project included. The scraps leftover from making the bag can be used to make this sweetly shaped sunglasses case, a perfect companion to the bag.

Batting or fusible fleece gives the case a little protective padding and it closes with a magnetic snap. I added a small button on the outside flap as a decorative detail.

Like the Isabella Tote and my other patterns, printed copies are available online and in fabric shops around the country. (If you’re a retailer that would like information, feel free to subscribe to my wholesale email list) If you’d like to purchase the PDF version of the Olive Swing Bag, it is now available in my shop.

I can’t tell you how great it feels to be able to share these patterns with you. Those of you who visit here often know that my creative soul is committed to celebrating re-use, promoting the use organic fabrics, and mindful design. Each and every pattern is a result of many hours of design, planning, and problem solving. I believe sewing projects should be functional, enjoyable to make and look fantastic. I look forward to hearing your feedback and would like to encourage you to share your thoughts! I’ve set up a Make New or Make Do™ Flickr group if you’d like to contribute photos of anything you’ve made from my patterns. Seeing your projects is the icing on the cake. Happy sewing!

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  • Lucía P.M.

    Hi! I loved this double project of tote and sunglasses case. I can say that I don’t know anything about sewing, but this kind of projects make me anxious for learning! :)

    I like your blog, I follow it since some time ago, but it’s the first time I leave a comment :)

  • rosie/the fabric shopper

    Love it! Love it! I like the shape and the over the shoulder wearability!

  • Anonymous

    LOVE these. too cute.


  • Hanna's Mom

    I am so excited about this back. I already picked out my fabric while waiting for the pattern availability. I chose a heavy cotton/canvas for the outside and a lightweight for lining. You mentioned using pillowcase, but that seems like it may make the bag too flimsy. Your thoughts??? I plan on making more than one.

  • Betz White

    Hi Hanna’s Mom,
    Thanks! If you check out the materials list on the pattern listing, you’ll see that I mention using interfacing for lighter weight fabrics, which is what I did. If your canvas is really heavy it might be too bulky to bind with the lining and the layers of the binding. Do let us know how it turns out!

  • Anonymous

    I love the name OLIVE !!!!

  • Steph

    Oh, I’m definitely a 1930s girl!

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