I’ve needed a little travel purse that’s lightweight and with lots of pockets. I’m just not a backpack person, even though I try to pull off that style when away from home. I looked at many tutorials online, and there are a variety, too many in fact to even organize in my head. I am cheap though and try not to purchase a pattern unless I really think I must. So, I focused on looking at the free tutorials. There is a real difference in how the straps are attached, but variety is good for creative souls! I chose just to go with my usual zippered bag method and customize my measurements. I opted for two different strap attachments. The best part is though, I dipped into my newest Liberty of London remnants!!
I had snagged just one piece of a Liberty canvas scrap from the Shauket pile and it works perfectly here on the bottom front of my bag. The pink Liberty print became the focus and I love how it all plays well together. Remember when I promised to show what I make with the Liberty fabric. Well, I didn’t waste much time, did I?
I added many more pockets to the back of my bag which allowed me to use lots of different scraps. I love the bag but didn’t complete the strap attachment because I want to add two swivel lobster clasps. I have to find some that I like before I commit to this finish. I’m also playing around with the length of the strap. You may be able to see that the strap is just pinned in the picture, but it will get done soon.
I used Thermoweb fusible fleece for stability on each of the sections. It helps to protect the contents and makes the bag a little more durable. I added a D-ring to the inside of the bag in case I want to hook my keys up to it at some point. On the back of the bag, I added two more zippered pockets because, well I could!! I love the stripe poking out for some fun. It took some courage to mix Liberty with non-Liberty branded fabric, but I went for it! I am toying with adding a little tassel zipper pull to the top of the bag for fun! I am loving this bag and would have really utilized it in London. Guess I’ll just have to go travel again soon!!
Well why stop at making one bag when they’re so fun!? My boys are always yelling at me that I don’t answer my phone. “Mom, keep it in your pocket!” they say. Well, sometimes I don’t have pockets!! I’ve thought for awhile now that what I needed was a simple little phone bag. Today was my day to make one. I took a black and white canvas print and combined it with a lovely blue/purple, funky Liberty print. I love how it all looks together. This bag uses a few different liberty scraps that I adore. The corded straps are just slipped through side tab extension and then tied in a knot. (Check out the first tutorial mentioned below if you need an explanation.) This tab method is an easy way to attach balanced straps for little bags. The tabs allow the bag to hang properly, and you can easily swap out or test out your bag straps.
If you want to view some FREE tutorials for similar bags, check online but here are some ones that may be helpful.
1. This cross body zippered tote from Sewcanshe is fun and uses the same tab strap attachment method that I show in my blue phone bag above.
2. Video from smarmyclothes for a crossbody mini bag that’s nicely done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbq3vvV0MX4
3. This hip bag tutorial from mommymoonblossom is similar to mine but doesn’t use a zipper.
4. This petite cross body bag from Sew Happy Geek has lots of potential for adding lots of fun scrap fabric.
Well making my bags went so well and they both came together for great finishes. I was lucky enough to sew with some of my Sunday Sewing club kids today (even though it was Monday). Two of the girls made their own bags and they can’t wait to use them!! Sorry, but I forgot to take photographs of their creations. I highly recommend trying to use some of your own scraps to make similar little bags. They make amazing gifts and are very practical!
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