Swoon Sewing Patterns participated in a Designers Challenge with Pattern Revolution and released the ever so lovely BETTY BOWLER! Oh how I love bowling bags. Fun, classic, yet hip.
I made two Betty Bowling Bags.
The first was as prescribed with middle stripes. According to the pattern, the stripes should be wider, but I opted for more narrow in order to see more of the exterior yellow fabric.
Paired with piping and loops, this bag definitely has a professional look.
Also, the pattern calls for a stabilizer and fusible fleece adhered to the exterior pieces. Purely as personal preference, I like a slightly less stuff bag and only use one or the other (stabilizer or fleece) depending on which I have on hand.
You can leave off the piping, but I believe it looks better with it. Don't be scared of piping! Swoon has a great tutorial on making and applying piping. (Shh, I use store bought 90% of the time!)
Additionally, Betty has a 6" vertical exterior zipper pocket for your bowling accessories. Who am I kidding, I don't bowl! She also attires two open interior pockets. You could very easily add an interior zipper pocket as well. I need to take an interior picture-she has a radical bag fabric!
Betty is an intermediate sewing pattern. It took 3 hours of actual sewing but probably two hours to cut and apply the stabilizer and fleece. However, don't shy away or be scared if you are a seasoned beginner! The instructions are clear. You can do it!