Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Magical Bookcase Koda Bags

Hi! I think the Koda is still my favourite bag pattern! I made a couple of Kodas with my new favourite fabric, 'Spellbound' by Dan Morris! It took me ages to decide which shelves to include when cutting the panels, and I had to make the bags an inch or so longer to fit a decent amount of the shelving in. I made one with black denim, and one with black faux leather. I love them both! I also made a little pouch with some leftover fabric. I need to buy more of this fabric!

Denim bag & pouch:

Faux Leather bag:

This is the Koda Cross Body Bag, a free pattern by Huff 'n Cuffs.

Fabric: 'Spellbound' by Dan Morris

Boat Bag for Dad

Hi! I've been making a bag for my Dad over the last couple of weeks, and we finished it at the weekend. It was very much a joint project! It's a bag for him to take on his sailing trips, to keep all his wash stuff in when he goes to use the showers at whichever marina they have stopped at that night, I found some suitably boaty fabric, and my Dad chose natural cork to go with it. The cork is easy to clean, and I've treated the cotton fabric with Scotchgard, inside and out. There's an inside zip pocket, to keep keys, etc.

I stitched the main bag, and then together we made the holes for the eyelets at the top, and set the eyelets, using tools my Dad made on his lathe. We used some of his boat rope to fasten the bag, and added a D-ring at the base of the bag for the rope to clip onto. I wasn't sure how to fix the rope ends onto the hook, but my Dad was in his element, showing off his splicing skills, plaiting the rope ends back into itself!

I'm really pleased with how this one turned out, and it was nice that it was a joint project! My Dad seems happy with it, too :)

 Splicing in progress...

This bag is based on the Natalie Bucket Bag, but we changed it so that the rope fastens at the bottom of the bag, instead of there being an additional strap on the sides.

Natural cork
Decor Fabric Twill Segelspa├č – cream/red, from My Fabrics
Lining: Vintage Nautical Notions, from the Little Fabric Shop

Unicorn Pouch


I made a little Unicorn pouch for a friend's little girl. I hope she will like it! Relatively quick to make, and I love the fabric!

This is based on a free pattern, the Flat bottom straight(ish) sides zippy pouch, from Very Berry Handmade, although I do the zip tabs a little bit differently.