One week before Mom’s Day this year, I was struck by inspiration (or a brain fart, depending on how you look at it.) I had plans to get together with some other moms on Mother’s Day for some crafting. I know! I will make them bags! Who cares that I’ll have to cut out 48 pieces of fabric and interfacing!
4 bags – one week. Not out of the realm of possibility. The pattern I used is one that I had already made a few times – the Mail Sack by local designer Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio on Bainbridge Island. I already had the bulk of the fabric, so I ran down to the fabric store to fill in some gaps and get more interfacing and buttons.
I’ve made 3 of the large size of this pattern and now 6 of the smaller version. I’ve also made several other purse/bag type patterns I got online, and let me tell you, this one is by far the most straightforward. I love how you can mix and match fabric to get a really unique look. Plus it’s comfortable to wear and good-looking!
Honestly, I only did a couple small things differently than the pattern. One involves sewing the pocket on – I think it tells you to sew the dividing line down the middle of the pocket and THEN to sew the pocket onto the lining. I just sewed the dividing line at the same time I sewed the pocket onto the lining. That way you don’t have to sew on top of another line. I also added a big button accent onto the side I liked the best, and I did that before I assembled the bag, so the sewing is hidden inside the lining. And a tip when it comes to sewing the strap pieces together and doing the final strap top-stitching – reverse your sewing direction when you do the other side. It seems to make the strap lay flatter. Otherwise, it really is super easy!
One last thing to consider: strap length. I like my bag long enough to cross over and still get a hand in, so I made my straps a good 3-4 inches longer than the pattern, except for Ms. Professor Lady, who is more of a shoulder bag gal – hers is the one in front. I made hers 3-4 SHORTER than the pattern. So think about that when cutting your pieces.
I like how each of these has a piece from a bag I have. And the one on the right has the last pieces of the Godzilla fabric from this project. Don’t they pose pretty!