What to get Mr D for his birthday? Every morning he walks to our nearest village to get the newspapers, and the bag he has been using to carry them back was breaking. So, a new bag!
The Colette Cooper messenger bag looked ideal, and I decided to make it in waxed cotton to keep the papers dry.
It’s a fantastic pattern, but I’m surprised it’s labelled ‘beginner’. I’ve made a few (much simpler) bags before, but I still found all the different stages rather daunting. Nothing is especially difficult, but there are a lot of steps, and you need to be precise and get things lined up.
I took it slowly, and the bag came together over a week or so. I know that if I rush something complicated I’ll get impatient and make mistakes.
I’m so pleased with the result – it’s a proper bag!
To sew the waxed cotton I used a denim needle and small bulldog clips to avoid making holes. There were a few times where I had to use pins (such as the decorative straps on the front) so I pinned in the stitching line.
I used my edge and quarter inch feet to get neat rows of double stitching.
The lining is a vintage wool check fabric (the pattern recommends ripstop lining) so I interfaced it and bound the bottom edge of the inside pockets with bias binding.
It took me a little while to find the supplies, so here’s a list of the UK suppliers I used.