I made this bag using my Reversible Shoulder Bag pattern. (See links in the sidebar to download the pattern for free!) I had forgotten how fast this bag is to make! I enjoyed doing a project that was so fast and required no fitting. I made a couple of changes to this version. First, the embroidery which I did before sewing the pieces together. I shared the beginning of this embroidery a couple weeks ago and finished the bag last weekend. The birds are because birds are pretty and Learning Music is my brother's awesome band. Yeah, kind of geeky on my part. (Side note/shameless plug: Check out his music subscription service where you can download a new awesome album every month for the price of whatever you want to donate at LearningMusicMonthly.com. Trust me you won't regret it.)
The other change I made was to insert the bottom of the bag with the short ends centered on the side seams of the body. It's a different way to go but makes it a little more awkward to carry.
Someone requested a copy of the pattern not tiled for printing on a large format printer so I've made a downloadable version available by clicking here. The document is 19 inches wide and 29 inches high. I'll also add a link to the sidebar.
Another side note, I've had a couple of inquiries from people asking if they can use the pattern I created to make bags for sale. While I do provide the pattern for free download and personal use, I don't authorize it's use for profit. This is standard protocol for patterns and copyright. An exception is the fabulous BurdaStyle.com which allows the use of their patterns for profit. Their patterns are open source and copyright free (explanation here). If you need a pattern for bags to make for sale, check out these BurdaStyle patterns: the Diana, the Charlie.
The alternative is to create your own patterns. You are welcome to use my pattern as inspiration, and make changes to create your own design. It's really hard to say no to requests, but I don't feel comfortable authorizing unlimited use of my pattern for others profit. Making patterns can take some practice and always takes multiple tries to get right. The more sewing you do, the easier it will be to create your own patterns. Just don't be afraid. Give it a try and embrace your own creativity.
Please continue to download the pattern and make the Reversible Shoulderbag for personal use. I love to hear from you and I love to see photos too. You can upload photos to the Flickr group too.