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The Nancy-Bird Bag

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A choose your own adventure bag, options include a trolley sleeve or slip pocket, mesh pocket, bellows pocket, bottle holder and zipper pocket.

Nancy Bird Walton (16 October 1915 – 13 January 2009) was a pioneering Australian aviator, known as “The Angel of the Outback” and the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association. Charles Walton, her husband preferred to call her “Nancy-Bird” rather than “Nancy” 

This pattern is intermediate because it’s large and can be tricky in spots, however is a fun sew with lots of options

Approximate Size 

  • 35cm (13 3/4”) Tall
  • 45cm (17 3/4) Across
  • 10cm (4”) Deep Gusset

Hardware and Fabric Requirements
Number 5 Zipper Tape 100cm (39”) (30cm (12”) for the zip pocket and 70cm (27”) for the top zip)
3 x Size 5 Zipper pulls (two for the top and one for the zipper pocket)
2 x 38mm (1 1/2 “) Swivel Snaps
1 x 38mm (1 1/2 “) Slider
2 x 38mm (1 1/2” ) D or Rectangle Rings
Optional 2 Rivets for Strap Connector 
Optional 6 Purse/Bag Feet

10cm (4”) of Decovil Heavy/Peltex 71 90cm (35 1/2”wide )
45cm (18”) of Decovil Light, Foam, Batting 90cm (35 1/2”wide)

Measured for making the slip pocket/trolley sleeve, zipper pocket and cargo pocket option:
Main Fabric 1.1m (43 1/2”)140cm (55”) 
Lining Fabric 1.2m (47 1/4)112cm (44”) wide
Interfacing for Main Fabric 65cm (26”) Heavy Woven Interfacing (110cm wide)
Interfacing for Lining 1.5m (59”) Light Woven Interfacing (110cm wide)

Optional Mesh Pocket 50cm (20”) x 40cm (16”) Mesh and 50cm (20”) Size 5 Zipper and pull
Optional Bottle/Glasses Pocket 20cm (8”) Fabric optional Interfacing

Optional Strap Connectors Leather or leather like material 2 small scraps – 10cm x 8cm (4” x 3 1/8” )