I’ve been using a small, store-bought purse for my day-to-day needs, but decided that I really need to make my own.
I fell in love with the new Elementary fabric collection by Sweetwater and recently picked up a charm pack and some coordinating half-yard pieces. I love how the colors look together in this collection and the back-to-school theme is perfect for fall.
I used a bag pattern called the Oak Park Bag by Loft Creations.
For the base, I wanted a heavier material than cotton, but still something that would look nice with the Sweetwater fabric. I picked up a gorgeous piece of espresso-colored faux leather. I think the leather really adds some character and style to the finished bag!
I used Aurifil 50 wt in brown (#2372) for the piecing and straight-line quilting. The lining is fusible fleece, but I really want to try Annie’s Soft and Stable when I make this bag again. The fleece will work fine, especially once the bag has a few items inside it. But, I saw the Soft and Stable product at a quilt show recently and now really want to try it out!
I did use a leather foot and a leather needle. I stitched really slowly on my Bernina since the leather, especially on the handles, was so thick. I did break 2 needles in the process so I probably will not use the faux leather on the handles again. However, on the base, the faux leather worked fine since it was just 1 layer.
The finished bag measures approximately 13-inches wide by 19-inches high. The inside is lined with the Elementary fabric as well and has 1 pocket.
Here’s a look at the finished bag, hanging in the gorgeous 80 degree weather that we had this weeekend:
I have only made a few bags so this project really help me improve some skills. I hope to make it again since it came together pretty quickly.
SWOON!!!! This bag is SWOON Worthy!!! I Don’t make bags…scared to try! Oh how I would love to make myself one like this. Where do you get that leather bottom and straps??
Hi Gmama! I got the faux leather at a local store called Mill End Store. The carry all sorts of home deco and other materials that regular quilt shops usually don’t carry. I made the straps from the same faux leather as the bottom.
What a cute bag! The button you found for the loop closing is just perfect!