Belle & Boo fabric. It's only available in Spotlight in Australia and as I live in Scotland I thought I'd never get my hands on some...A very generous friend sent some of the new
I got just over a metre and finally plucked up the courage to cut into it. Aahhhhh that was hard.
I made a wool hacking jacket last week and used the leftovers to make a rather handsome bag. Lined with Belle & Boo Woodland Walk fabric. And choosing which print to have was a very hard decision. I love them all.
It's my go to bag base shape. It's easily changeable... adding a little flap or messenger bag style flap. And what fun you can have with different straps too. I prefer mine quite wide and not too long but I am thinking a longer thinner strap would be great too.
You can find the base pattern PDF here. And its totally free :) because I'm not a pattern designer so it's just the base.
I also made a little label for the side of the bag... all bags look more finished with a label. I made a patch for the other side on the strap and covered a button or two with those little bits left over.
I made the lining for the strap in two pieces as the pattern is one directional so I didn't have those gorgeous little children upside down at one side. I simply sewed them together and used them as normal after that.
Again I lined the flap with the Belle & Boo fabric, then top stitched it. Oh I hate top stitching but I do love the effect you get.
I added the straps after sewing the bag and the lining together as I prefer the look.
The base is easy to make. Take your 2 lining fabrics and sew them together right sides together - the sides and bottom first, then using the nick at the edge as a guide fold against the sides and bottom and sew along that edge. This gives you a lovely base to the bag. Repeat for outer. If adding a label then pin this to the sides of the outer before sewing)
If adding pockets sew these on before adding lining to outer fabric.
Then place the outer inside the lining right sides together (if adding a flap then pin this to the outer bag in the correct place so it sewn in) and sew along the top leaving a 3 inch gap to turm the bag right way out. Now push the lining inside the outer and top stitch along the top to close the gap and give a lovely finished look to the bag.
Add straps to where you like.
I do hope that made sense. I am not a pattern designer but I try hehe...