I loved the bag I recently made for CousinM so much that I had to make one for myself. I could have made an exact copy but didn’t really want to make another black thing straight away. I didn’t really have much time to make it and it would be mainly made at night… time to raid my colourful scraps stash!
MrA & I are going on holiday so I figured I’d need a holiday bag… I’ve had this fabric for ages. I bought it in Dunelm Mill and used it to cover my ironing board…
… I had a good metre left over. It’s not Cath Kidston, but it’s Cath Kidston-esque. If you haven’t already, you can read about how I made the 1st one HERE.
This is just a quick re-cap as I tuned the construction order a bit.
- Cut out all the pieces. Gather all the hardware.
- Make each ‘face’- Outer & inner fronts, zip strips, Sides & bottom inc pen holders, inside lining, tabs & strap. (Phew)
- Attach sides & zip strip together.
- Make both bag fronts.
- With the big bag inside out, put the small bag (right sides together) inside it and the divider pieces on top. Sew all round.
Although only a small part of the bag, it was the pen holder that I had my eureka moment with…
- Pen holder is cut 1.5cm wider than bag side piece. Overlocked top & bottom.
- Fold & hem the top. Fold & press the bottom.
- Mark the centre of the holder & centre of side piece. Position holder on centre line approx 2cm up from corner notch. Stitch in place.
- Baste the sides of the holder in line with the sides of the bag piece.
- Pleat the centre of the holder, at the bottom, to lie flat & stitch to secure the base.
I’m really happy with how this little bag turned out. It was much quicker to make second time around.
A nice bright (& plain) lining should make it easy to find everything inside. There’s a couple of patch pockets and a few tabs.
I was so concerned about matching up the horses legs, I didn’t notice I’d cut the cowboys head off!
But as soon as it was finished I knew that I’d have a fight on my hands from MrA if I wanted to keep it for myself. So I sat up late and made another one…
I used up the last of my camo fabric and lined it in silver. That should keep him happy! I just need to scavenge some lobster claws off of something to finish the strap.
So that’s it, I think I’ve made enough of these for now. And I’ve proved that when MrA’s away, I turn into an OCD Sewing Hermit.
… now, where did I put my passport?
Notes to self:
- Keep notes on self drafted patterns.
- Approach making calmly and stay relaxed (sometimes I forget to put music on… I relax more with it)
- Change up the fabrics rather than the pattern & they will get quicker each time.