The best way to use precious stashed fabric

7 Apr

At the end of February Katy put a call out for pattern testers for her next bag pattern – the Mini Messenger bag.  I was right in the middle of quite a few quilts and really fancied a totally different project so I volunteered.

The hardest part was choosing fabric!  I love the sparkly bits in this fabric, it’s Cameras from Ruby Star Sparkle by Melody Miller, I stashed it 18 months ago from The Village Haberdashery and this was the perfect project for it:


I’m not going to waffle on much about the process as I did all that in a feedback email to Katy, so any glitches will now have been ironed out. It was a little fiddly but then sewing curves isn’t the easiest thing to do.


My one complaint is entirely my own fault; the bag is meant to be worn on the shoulder and I never wear bags on my shoulder! I’m a big fan of across the body bags, so I will be unpicking the strap and adding some length to it!


The bag hardware was from Bag Clasps, if you’re in the UK and need hardware it’s a great place to go for a fast service and free delivery.


You can see the other testers versions of the bag here and also a discount code for any of Katy’s patterns (valid until 10th April so be quick).  Thanks Katy for letting me test!

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4 Replies to “The best way to use precious stashed fabric

  1. It’s a great pattern and I love the fabric too …. Smug smile as I made my strap longer … But only because my fabric was wider!

  2. Yay! Go you, using hoared fabric ‘n all. It’s a great bag and very “you” (well, apart from the strap thingy) x

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