Hi friends, I think this speaks for itself: I finished my Birdie Sling Bag! Also, I haven't Windexed my mirrors lately (um, ever) and I didn't have time to dry my hair before work today. But back to the bag: yay! I fired up the afterburners last night and powered through the final assembly, snipping the threads on the last bit of top-stitching at about 11:15 p.m. Whenever I finish a project late at night, I lay it out on the kitchen table so that I can see it the next morning (mostly to keep myself from complaining too much about how tired I am!). I'm going away for the weekend and I'm so excited that I'll be able to take this bag with me... ...not least because it holds a whole bunch of stuff. I've got all the regular junk in there – keys, wallet, sunglasses, day planner – plus my camera bag, my knitting, a notebook (ahem, three) and there's still room for a snack and a water bottle. And a novel. And a magazine. Brilliant. In addition to using muslin instead of interfacing and leaving out the fusible fleece (which I discussed here), I added a layer of thick cotton flannel to the shoulder strap, figuring that if I was going to be carrying around a bunch of stuff, I could use a little extra padding. I'm glad I did. You can buy this pattern online from Amy Butler (or check with your favourite online fabric shop), or call your local fabric/quilting store to see if they have the pattern. I bought mine at The Workroom, here in Toronto. And thus ends my unintentional Amy Butler week at Make+Do. Have a great weekend – I'm hoping mine involves some pre-trip house-cleaning. (In case you're wondering, that's how I get so much sewing in: by completely ignoring my unswept floors and by letting Swiss Chalet take care of the cooking. And we should probably just not talk about the state of my bathroom sink.) I'll see you here next week. Don't forget: there's still time to enter this week's contest.