Last year Leah asked if I would make her a bag like Bethans and I made this bag for her:
At the beginning of half term Bethan asked if she could make a bag like Leah’s (Mini messeger bag – free pattern by Make it Perfect). I’d had a sort out in my stash and Bethan had her eye on this bundle; feeling generous I said she could have it if she had a use for it:
She especially liked the bicycles on grey so we decided to use that as a starting point for the bag. I could see that we could get the front, back and flap pattern pieces out of the fabric but to maximise it and make it more interesting I suggested we add another fabric to the flap:
It’s a scrap of dot print from My Happy Nursery by Cloud 9 and the green/yellow matched one of the bicycle colours almost perfectly. I was encouraging Bethan to think outside the box a bit with this idea and she was happy with the idea of adding a decorative stitch too.
In my box of bias binding she found a packet of vintage bias binding that matched another one of the bicycles, which saved us finding suitable fabric and making the binding.
As with Leah’s bag we added a magnetic snap to close the bag, a patch pocket (apparently perfect for a packet of tissues) and a zip pocket. Bethan thought the technique used to insert a zip pocket was cool:
The lining fabric Bethan chose from stash, she wears glasses and thought it would make a great lining fabric. I have a small stash of webbing and Bethan pulled out the raspberry one and decided that it would work well, I’m not convinced of it with the pinky purple bicycles but it did mean that we could get on and finish the bag without a trip to the fabric shop and spending money. As with most bags I made the strap adjustable so it can be worn on the shoulder and across the body.Bethan did quite a bit of the sewing herself, even remembering how to box the corners from when she made an open wide zip pouch. She is delighted with the finished bag, mostly because it meant she could use it for her trip to the theatre for her birthday treat.
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