I am an absolute newbie when it comes to sewing bags, having only made four bags so far. Two for my mum, one for my lil prince and here’s the fourth. The Cath Kidston Bag for Christine who won my giveaway.
The shoulder bag instructions from Cath Kidston’s Book was easy to follow but I realized after reading through it that the bag would be unlined. A lined bag is always prettier for the user. So I took an Urban Chiks for Moda quilting cotton which went pretty well with the home decor weight Kidston fabric to create the lining. I used the bag sewing pattern (MM) for the lining, followed the same instructions, stitch the main fabric to the lining fabric wrong sides together before working on the facings and strap.
The instructions didn’t mention the Cath Kidston label and I totally forgot about it until the bag was completed. I used a red thread and hand-stitched over the original red embroidery lines around the label as I thought it would be cleaner and nicer.
On the lining, I attached an iron on denim to hide the stitching. The denim patch resembled an internal label which I thought was kinda cute. On hindsight, I could have stitched the label onto the main fabric before attaching the lining.
The bag is rather pretty but it shouldn’t be used to hold heavy stuff as the strap is attached to the bag body by two buttons. I hope Christine enjoys using it.
I’m off to the post office to mail it!
Wow! Great job! It looks fantastic!
It’s SO beautiful! Wonderful job! 🙂
Very pretty and practical! I have only sewn one bag but I love working with home dec fabrics. So weighty…
my son said, “NICE!” when he saw this pic as I browse thru 🙂
The bag is cute and you did a great job. I love that you share how you do things, like forgetting the label, but you recovered nicely. It helps to know what to do when something isn’t just right.
I have this book also!! I got it as a christmas present. I cant wait to put mine together 🙂
How much is the book
and where can i buy this
Hi Hui Ling, I got it as a gift so i hv no idea how much it cost. Believe it is available at kinokuniya at ngee ann city.
Hi, I agree about the lining – my teenager wants me to make the bag for her (I bought the book for a different design) and was thinking of doing the same. I made the shopper bag recently for my sister which you can see pics of on my blog : http://handmadewithhappiness.blogspot.co.uk/
Really easy step by step instructions yet my sister was blown away!