Saturday, 25 July 2020

More Sewing

I've been doing quite a bit of stitching this past week, making bags, 'useful' containers and thread catchers but I must say that I've not noticed much of a reduction in my fabric mountain 🙄.  There is one project which I've been putting off for some considerable time using a pattern which I purchased probably at least early last year from Hochanda when Trisha was on.  It is a Messenger Bag which has a pocket on the outside, an inner 'letter-box' zipped pocket, magnetic fastener and an adjustable shoulder strap.  I've been looking at the pattern from time to time and saying to myself 'next time I'm sewing'!!  However, I decided I really should get down to it using some good weight denim which I purchased for just that purpose  The original pattern uses fusible wadding but I decided to use some iron on stabiliser instead with this fabric and I found some toning print for the lining, trim and strap.  In case you are wondering, I did include the inner zipped pocket and the outer pocket is hidden underneath the flap.  My original intention was to have a denim strap and I did spend some time actually making that only to find that it was far too thick to thread through the slider which makes it adjustable.  Fortunately I had sufficient of the floral fabric to make another strap which works well.

Now this is actually completed I'm wondering why I hesitated for so long before attempting it.  The instructions were excellent and explained the various processes very clearly, even the adjustable strap details were included - a technique which I'd not done before and couldn't really work out in my head.


  1. Hi Val,
    that is excellently created and looks so fantastic.
    Well done on creating it at long last.
    I too am a bit like that about some things and when I have finally done them I think to myself why did I wait so long to do that it wasn't so bad.
    For some reason I have to psych my self to do it.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. Oh, well done, Val! I love it! And how great that the denim didn't work for the straps cuz it's much snazzier with the flower straps and matching strip! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Just love your denim bag Val and like the fact you’ve Incorporated the strap fabric on your bag...I can see you making more of these...


  4. What a fantastic finished bag. Loving the denim alongside that beautiful floral fabric.

    Pleased I am not the only one with fabric snippets as well as paper and card ones!!! LOL!!

    Are you like me and save all the offcuts from your fabric too just in case they come in for a bit of applique?

    Enjoy your Sunday.

    Love Jules xx

  5. A fantastic bag Val, I love the combination of the denim and the beautiful floral fabric.

    Sue xx