Denim shoulder bag project for Sewing World magazine

I designed and wrote this bag project for Sewing World magazine. The shape was inspired by the classic leather saddle bag shape. I wanted to create a practical bag that could be used everyday and customised to your own taste with your choice of fabric. Its a good functional size to fit everyday belongings in, as well as featuring strap adjusters so you can choose between wearing it cross body style or as a shoulder bag.

The buckle and tab can be omitted and a magnetic catch used instead or even a button and button hole or button and loop. There are lots of options which also change the look of the bag. The flap left plain could be a vehicle for decorative embroidery or other embellishment. Lots of possibilities!

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I love to see your pictures or hear how you got on if you made this bag. If you would like some extra help making it I would be happy to help you at one of my sewing classes.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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