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!