I've been sewing! Samantha's newest pattern is the Satchel handbag and - lucky me - I got to take it for a test run before it's debut in her etsy store!
A medium-sized messenger bag, this pattern has lots of great details - both fun and functional.
I made mine in a cotton duck, with a shabby rose print and lined it with a natural canvas to it's really sturdy.
I used antique brass hardware, but I was unable to find a tri-glide slider for the adjustable strap in the right color. No problem! I found a pretty belt buckle and just removed the prong with pliers!
I love how versatile this style bag is. You can see how although our bags are nearly identical, my version looks so different from Samantha's pattern cover just because of my fabric choices.
(can you tell I'm ready for spring?!)
One detail I love is the button-closed tabs on the sides. I used some carved wooden buttons, they were a tad pricey at $6 a pair, but they complemented the fabric so well I couldn't not use them.
The bag is fully lined with fusible fleece, and the bottom, sides and handle are all lined with buckram and/or a heavy fusible interfacing to give the bag it's crisp shape.
The bag is rated intermediate/advanced, but I think an experienced beginner could manage it with some patience - and an automatic button-holer.
Feel like taking this bag for a spin?
I've already given the one I made to a friend - but you can make one for yourself!
Check out Mrs H patterns on Etsy - or better yet, click here for a giveaway and a chance to win it for free!
Tell us! Do you carry a different bag each season?