Book bag

My first plan for this week was to make the Fremont Tote Bag by Klum House, which also happens to be this month pattern for #SewMyStyle. I ordered all the necessary supplies last week-end and they arrived during the week but unfortunately I received the wrong colour of waxed canvas. I had ordered the golden colour and received the copper chestnut which wouldn’t necessarily go well with the leather straps I had. So I put this one on the back burner and picked the book bag/tote bag pattern from The Maker’s Atelier Essential Collection book for the Monthly Stitch challenge.

I found this faux-leather daisy cut out in my stash that I had bought from Minerva Crafts last year with the idea of making a jacket, than never materialised, so I thought it would be good to use it for the bag outside. And while I was at it, I decided I could cut 3 bags to make them as Christmas presents.


Since the daisy are cut out and the faux-leather is slightly stretchy, I decided to make the lined bags. I used some IKEA fabric I had in my stash for the lining. The red one is a  pillowcase which is rather thin, and I am wondering if I should have interfaced but then the interfacing would have shown through the outside.


The white backgroung fabric is more canvas weight so more sturdy.


I bought some webbing straps from my local habberdashery shop yesterday morning. I stitch some to the top of the red bag but didn’t make the straps in the same way as described in the book. I didn’t stitch tap to the top of the white one since the lining is thicker and actually I like it that way.

I finished 2 out of the 3 bags I cut (the third one is still a work in progress as the top stitch is just horrible and needs to be unpicked). Sewing the bag together was easy enough, finishing the bags with top-stitching was more challenging because the faux-leather was sticking and puckering, despite using a Teflon foot. So here are my 2 bags modeled by my 2 eldest, indoors as the rain is pouring down outside.



I think these will make very nice Christmas presents and I might even cut more, who knows? For now, these 2 are finished and I am rather pleased with how they look as well as having used up some of my stash. Thank you for the challenge!