For Christmas I wanted to surprise my sister with a purse to match the Portside Travel Set I sewed last Christmas for her. Due to not having the right notions in my stash, however, it is only just finished. It was a straightforward make, and I think she’ll like it.
- Pattern: Simplicity 8028, View C (the clutch size but with a cross-body strap)
- Rating: 3/5
- Fabric, etc.: De-stash! I used scraps from my sister’s Portside Travel Set to make her this matching bag. Canvas for the outside, quilting cotton for the inside. I did have to get fusible fleece ($2.70) and a zipper ($2.49) from JoAnns and the hardware is from The Buckle Guy ($14).
- Cost: $19.19 – I was hoping this would be a completely free, from-the-stash project but the hardware tripped me up. I thought I could skip the fusible fleece but you really do need it to get the right shape. To top it off I also didn’t have the right zipper.
- Time: A few afternoons.
- I didn’t like that the pattern/instructions for the view with 2 fabrics is only designed for use with leather/fake leather fabrics. It leaves some edges unfinished (so with the canvas I just gave them a little hem) because with leather you wouldn’t need to finish them – this includes the strap piece. Fortunately for the strap you can substitute the strap piece for view E, but the body pieces have no substitute.
- My biggest problem was the size of the hardware it calls for – 5/8″ width d-rings and swivel hooks. This is not a standard manufactured size so I had to special order them from Etsy. The JoAnns here didn’t carry anything remotely small enough to fudge it. It also calls for rivets, which are not necessary if you’re not using leather. I just sewed my strap ends. If you’re not going to be swapping out the strap you could also skip the swivel hooks, but they do give it a professional look.
- It was my first time doing a magnetic snap and it was very simple. I’m excited to use them more in my future bag-making projects.
- The strap could stand to be a longer and adjustable.
- It has two small pockets inside, which is nice. It would be easy to customize the pockets.
- It is a very cute bag, but not my style; I don’t understand the point of a fold-over bag. You lose half the space in it!
Have you made bags before? I love my two-zip hipster bag I made before, now I am looking at some fun retro-inspired bowler bags.