This groovy little number was whipped up using the Flea Market Bag by Grand Revival pattern. While on holidays, I traced off a bunch of my younger sister's bag patterns. She has recently taken up sewing and started in the bag department. This is such a great place to start I think. Making a bag is such a fun and satisfying project. They're relatively simple, there's lots of straight sewing, you can practice perfecting neat topstitching but most importantly, there are no fitting issues (sigh). Let's face it, a simple bag matches all body shapes and sizes!
I actually made it for a friend and to be honest, found it very hard to give away once it was done. It was made using the leftovers from this dress. I absolutely adore this fabric - the colour, the texture and the feel.
Despite time constraints, I forced myself to add a few internal pockets and am glad I did. I added both a zippered pocket and a phone pocket. I lined the bag using leftover fabric from this dress. The pattern calls for a magnetic or buttoned clasp. I omitted this because I think a button closure would be annoying and I didn't have a magnetic clasp on hand. If I make another one for myself, I'd definitely add a magnetic clasp.
Making bags from purposely-purchased fabric can be soooooo expensive. Whenever I make one from leftovers though, I feel like it's a bit of a freebee. Which just adds to the satisfaction.
- internal pocket with zipper -
- phone pocket embellished with Liberty bias binding -