My Lickety Split Bag

A bit earlier I sent off Mads and Ronja to the cinema. It’s Ronja’s very first trip to the cinema, and they’re going to see the new Curious George movie – Ronja loves Curious George, and she was so excited! Frida has just been tucked in for her nap, and I wanted to show you something.

Part of my prize in the Spring Top Week was a beautiful bag designed by Rae herself, and she was kind enough as to send me the pattern as well – what I believe to be an early version of it. I love the bag, so I thought I’d give the pattern a go as well, and after making the Birdie Sling, I wanted a bag that was not quite as big, and with a different fabric combo, since I wasn’t so happy with what I did with that one. So this is my result.

The Lickety Split Bag

For the exterior of the bag I chose Amy Butler’s Happy Dots design, and decided to go with Sandi Henderson’s Petal Party for pockets and lining – both purchased from, but you would be able to get them in many well-assorted fabric shops online, I believe. I wanted to add a little bit of body to this bag, and I decided to add some sew-in interfacing (Vilene Heavy Sew-In in this case). You add sew-in interfacing by cutting matching pieces, and then pretending that the interfacing is the back side of the exterior fabric (or the lining fabric) at all times. It does give you a little extra work, because you need to match up three layers when sewing everything together instead of too, but it’s really not bad, and it gives a nice slightly padded effect when you’re done. I learned working with it when I made the oilcloth backpack a while ago, and I really like the way it behaves.

The Lickety Split Bag - side view

I made the bag with exterior pockets going by my own measurements, as I didn’t have the measurements that Rae has used for hers. I’m not sure I will be using them all that much, because they are kind of open to anyone, but I still like them as part of the design – I think they add a nice detail to the bag. My pockets – exterior and interior – are interfaced as well. For interior pockets I chose to make a rather large one at one side of the bag (below), and a pocket for my mobile phone at the other side. Note to self: Add pockets before you close the bottom of the bag – I didn’t, and I believe Mads overheard me swearing a few times… I considered adding magnetic closure to this bag as well, but decided not to.

The Lickety Split Bag - inner pocket

Conclusively, I’m so fond of my Lickety Split, and it has a perfect size for a handbag. The pattern is easy, instructions great, and the final result still looks nice and fresh. If there are any beginner sewers out there, who thought the Birdie Sling looked a bit too much (and too big perhaps), I would say they should go ahead and make this – it really is fun and easy to make with a wonderful result that you will certainly find use for. You can buy the pattern ($6) for immediate download here (update: pattern discontinued).

Finally, this is me with my new bag – it came shopping with me yesterday, and it did a great job!

My Lickety Split Bag - action pic

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  1. Tammy says:

    That’s very, very cute! I’ve been thinking of buying this pattern, because I need a bag this size that I can tie onto my stroller! I love the fabric you chose!

  2. Trudy Callan says:

    We saw the Curious George movie awhile back. We loved it. It was really cute.

    My teenage daughter made this bag or one similar to it a few years ago as a gift to her sister.

    I love the fabric combination of your bag. You are very good with knowing which fabrics will look good together.

  3. Millie says:

    It is a really lovely bag. Great choice of fabric as always. I might try one some time.
    When you mention the oilcloth rucksack, that’s how I got the original link to your blog. By the way,did you see that U-Handbag are selling an iron-on laminate that you can use on ordinary fabric, I’m trying to find an excuse to try it!

  4. Trine says:

    Sikke dog en lækker sag!
    Bliver lige nødt til at benytte lejligheden til et benovet Nøhhjj over dine fantastiske billeder på bloggen.
    Det kan du bare, det skidt!
    Kh Trine

  5. Astrid says:

    Tammy – I wouldn’t hesitate then, if I were you. I totally recommend it – and thanks! 🙂

    Trudy – thank you so much! I hope my girls will want to sew as well when they are older – we’ll see. 😉

    Millie – that’s funny – you finding me from the backpack link, I mean. I don’t think I have many readers in your area (Ireland, UK, Scotland) – I don’t know why, really, but the ones who come here have probably come here from U-handbag, when she was sweet enough to blog about that backpack. And as always – thank you so much for your sweet comment! 😉

    Teri – thank you! 🙂

    Michelle – it is the perfect size, for me anyway! Thanks! 😉

    Hannes – tak skal du have! 🙂

    Trine – Ej – tak skal du altså have! Det er dejligt, når man gør et stykke arbejde for det, og man så får positive tilbagemeldinger. Tusinde tak! 🙂

  6. pialouise says:

    Den er blevet rigtig flot din taske – du har altså bare sans for det.

    Jeg har lige et spørgsmål til dig – har du prøvet at bestille fra Sew Mama Sew? I så fald – kan det virkelig passe, at de kræver 42 dollars i porto for at sende 6 yards til DK? I en anden netshop gav jeg kun 8 dollars for at få sendt 5 yards. Jeg synes, at det lyder helt vildt?!.
    Kh. Pia

  7. ale says:

    …HOLA!! I JUST ADORE THAT BAG!!!THE COLOURS YOU CHOOSE ARE so so so beautifull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!bye!!! from buenos aires…!!

  8. Cyndy says:

    So cute! I also really like the fabric you picked- What size did you end up making the bag? I want to make them for both my adult daughters, me, and small size for my granddaughter.
    Thank you!

    • Astrid says:

      Thanks! 🙂 When I made it there was only one size – it was an early pattern, I think. However, I love it – your daughters will too, I’m sure! 😉

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