I Made a Bag Y'all!

Handmade crossbody bag made with duck cotton, canvas, and faux leather. Also has canvas straps.
Handmade Crossbody Bag

That's right! I made a bag!

This was a special request from one of my close friends. Honestly, I was intimidated because bag making is new to me. But, I must say, I am quite happy with the results.

I used a pattern by Elie Lum which is available with her Sew the Fremont Bag class on Bluprint.

The class is great for all levels of experience. There are some specialty items used as she demonstrates in class, but Elie walks you through everything step by step. That being said, I did make modifications so that I could use items that are readily available at my local fabric shops and to give the bag a little more functionality, as requested.

Pen holder loops on bag exterior

For example, I used 1" canvas straps instead of leather, which means I also used 1" D rings, hooks, and a slider for the crossbody strap. Waxed canvas isn't sold nearby so I used canvas from Hobby Lobby. It doesn't have quite as much structure as waxed canvas, so I added faux leather to the bottom to make it a little more sturdy. I also replicated the front exterior pocket on the back side of the bag and added pen/marker holder loops on the back side of the bag. All I did was cut a 2"x6" strip of muslin, ironed a double fold in it, and then I used pencils and markers as spacers prior to sewing to make sure the loops would be the right size.

Interior pockets of handmade crossbody bag

Oh, and rivets were a new thing for me, but I had fun learning to use them. I used the Dritz set that would be available at your local Hobby Lobby or Joann's. I would like to be able to use larger size rivets for other projects in the future but am having a hard time finding larger double cap rivet setters. If anyone knows where I could find those, please send me a message. I would appreciate it!

Total work time: approximately 4-5 hours but I think that would considerably decrease with practice.

Resource links:

Sew the Fremont Bag on Bluprint by Elie Lum is the one I used for this particular bag.

If you're a true beginner, here is a link to one of her Skillshare classes which also includes a machine basics portion: Intro to Sewing: Leather and Canvas 'Oberlin' Tote Bag

Note: While I may receive a small compensation for referrals, all recommendations are based on personal experience.

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