I’m very happy to share a pattern review of the new Chicken Boots Zip Double Bag by Sew Sew Patterns.
This pattern download includes both written instructions and a video tutorial. Three versions are included in the pattern, View A – Clear, View B – All Fabric, View C – Fully Lined . I have made all three versions and will share about them in this post.
The Chicken Boots Zip Double is secure, portable, and lightweight and being able to see inside keeps your project visible and at the front of the crafting list. A secure project bag takes the worry out of losing any stitches or pieces of your craft project and with a zippered closure your craft will be safe! The pocket may be on the inside, but you can see what’s inside of it from the outside.
This bag was an instant best seller. Named for being a zippered version of, and a bit larger than, the Double Double. Crafters liked the zipper keeping their project safe but also having a lightweight bag they could literally throw in the car/canoe/camper.
This sewing pattern also comes with two additional views: All Fabric with exterior pocket (View B), or Fully Lined with exterior pocket (View C). You can make any View in all fabric or a combination of vinyl or other style fabrics.
See-Through Exterior (if you choose vinyl)
Roomy, Portable and Stores Flat
Clutch Style Handle
Coming Soon: There will be a ‘mod’ to make the pocket zippered (either on the outside or inside). Loads of possibilities!
Sewing the Zip Double will sharpen your skills working with binding and vinyl type substrates if you choose one. All the steps are simple and straight-forward.
The included How-To Video walks you through all the steps in an encouraging and confidence building way. The written instructions have large step-by-step photos with tips along the way.
Pattern Sizing: 14″/35.6 cm wide (at top) and 7.5″/19 cm wide (at bottom), 11.5″/29.2 cm tall overall, 6.25″ deep front to back at bottom (see images)
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you finished sewing? Yes
We’re the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes! The video is very helpful to reference (which is included with the pattern purchase). Sew sew patterns videos are quite unique as they’re essentially an included sew-a-long with the designer to walk you through the process. There are so many tips and tricks included in the video, it’s really more like a class then a pattern purchase. The pattern download includes:
- Written and Illustrated Sewing Instructions including an At-A-Glance page for quick reference and Video Time Stamps, 19 pages. Note that written instructions are not included for View B and C however they each have their own At-A-Glance which covers the sewing steps and includes time stamps for the video. All views are demonstrated in the video.
- A PDF pattern that you can print at home:
- 11 pages 8 1/2″ x 11″ or A4 paper (minimal taping required)
- Sewing Video Tutorial
- Imperial and Metric are provided.
Fabric used (did you use the suggested fabrics in the pattern)?
View A – Cotton Twill fabrics from Spoonflower for the pocket and upper fabrics, matte 12g vinyl for the bottom portion of the bag.
View B – Merchant & Mills – Organic Dry Oilskin – Cumin fabric for the upper and bottom portion of the bag. Embroidered, overdyed linen for the pocket and bias tape. The embroidery was a design by Cozy Blue for Simply Sewing Magazine, Issue 43.
View C – Baby Wale Corduroy, print by Lotta Jansdotter for Wyndham Fabrics for the outer and lining fabrics. The bias tape was a print by Heidi Swapp for Jo Ann’s. Matte 12g vinyl was used for the pocket.
Did you alter the pattern in any way? No
Was there anything you disliked or would change? No. Admittedly I was in the test group for this pattern so I gave input that I saw in that forum.
Would you sew it again? Yes!! This pattern is my go-to for gift sewing this year. There has been an increased need for clear/see through bags
Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely!! This pattern is super versatile with three versions included. My favorite version is Version A with the clear bottom portion of the bag. I love that multiple versions are included so that you can sew with materials that you have available to you.
Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Advanced beginner (due to the zipper).
Does the pattern include layers for easy printing? N/A
Seam allowances used in the pattern: 1/4”
Is the pattern cut or no cut pages? Cut pages
I wanted to add some notes about the Version B bag that I made. This project was so fun to pair with the bee embroidery that I had been saving. I knew that I wanted to pair the embroidery piece with something functional rather then hanging it on the wall. I decided not to line the back side of the embroidery so the threads are seen on the inside of the pocket.
I had never worked with dry oilskin before and this one was so lovely to sew with. The fabric is a similar weave to ripstop. I love both the stiffness and the flexibility of this fabric. I purchased the fabric from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics.
I finger pressed the inside seams and left them unfinished. I like that this fabric is similar to a waxed canvas but it isn’t oily and isn’t prone to creasing.
Go and check out this pattern! You can also see alternate versions of this bag with the hashtags #SSZipDouble and #SewSewPatterns .