Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gatherer Crossbody Bag

If you remember (c'mon, it's only been a week this time) from my last post, I showed you what I'd received from Jess's newest fabric line for Cloud9 Fabrics, Spring Quartet in babywale corduroy. Jess and I put our heads together to see what could be made from the 2-foot square samples, and here's what happened.

First I made a strap from some lovely pleather Jess had ordered from Discounted Designer Fabrics. It was a crossbody strap, so it was about 50" long (highway hypnosis again, but only half as much as with the Heidi strap).

Here are some progress shots of the bag. There were a dozen darts!

There were a couple strips of piping, which I made from a fat quarter of cirrus solids from Cloud9 Fabrics. (The lining was also a cirrus solid.)

Next there came a little pleather tab. We didn't want raw edges like the pattern called for, so I cut it double wide and turned it under like I did for the strap. Only the ends have raw edges this way, and it's a little heavier and sturdier.

Unlike the pattern, Jess suggested a snap to hold it shut. Placement of that was a little tricky, since I wanted the flap print to line up with that of the pocket front, so I had to mainly guess as I was cutting it out. I set the snap before sewing the pocket onto the front of the bag... and held my breath to see if I'd guessed right.

After completion, it was quality-tested. (I think Josie was looking for cat hairs, probably to see if she'd managed to get enough on it. Cat hair sticks really well to corduroy.)

Finally, here it is! Did you recognize the pattern along the way? It's the Gatherer Crossbody Bag, a free pattern by Noodlehead.

My guess was a bit off on the snap placement. It could've been about an inch higher on the pocket, so it kind of pulls on the top of the bag when snapped, which bugs me, but I guess it's not a deal breaker. Lesson learned for the next time.

It has the front pocket plus a slip pocket on the inside.

My assistant photographer (Courtney, of course) was here yesterday, so she took a photo for you for size reference. She does a great job (and cut my head off as instructed)!

So there ya have it. It's a sweet little bag, pretty easy to sew, and the corduroy is great to work with. I still have the other three prints in the same 2-ft. size. What would you make from them?


Geneviève Thiffault said...

Thanks for your hard work Josie, I'm sure Grandma G would never be able to get enough cat hair on her bags without your help!

This bag is so, so cute! Everything, the fabric, the piping, the little strap and the snap tab, it's all so lovely! Very nice work, despite the little snap problem. :)

As for what I would do with a fabric sample... Well, you must know by now that I really love the Pintuck wristlet (Michelle Patterns). There's also this new (to me) pattern I bought, but haven't tried yet, the Necessary Clutch (Emmaline bags). Whatever you decide to make, it's bound to be lovely. ;)

Grandma G said...

Thank you, my friend! (From Josie, too.) ❤️

Yes, a wristlet could be nice, or a wallet, too! It remains to be seen what else I'll make at this point. Gathering ideas......

Anonymous said...

I'm imagining a small cross body strap cell phone purse. Big enough to hold cell phone, keys, id, credit card and a bit of cash.

You are a magician at the sewing machine!


Grandma G said...

Haha, a magician I am not, but thanks, Audrey! Are you picturing a cell phone purse like the one I made in October for Quilt Market? It would hold all of that, and slip pockets could be added for ID and credit card.

Anonymous said...

Yep, the cell phone purse you made in October was nice. A divider or slip pockets inside would be a nice addition. The divider would help protect the cell phone from key damage.


Grandma G said...

Funny... I mentioned those exact things to Jess when she suggested the other one, but she wanted it plain with no pockets, etc. :)

annie dee said...

Love the red trim with the fabric. Great choice. Beautiful bag.
What happens to the pleather if you have to remove stitches (not that we'd ever make a mistake...or twelve)? Do you see the holes from the previous stitch line?

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Annie Dee! Yeah, that's a down side of pleather... holes remain if you have to remove stitches. So you sew VERY carefully!!