I’ve been carrying around a heavy, dark brown leather purse for the last several months and it wasn’t feeling very summery to me.
so when Sew Mama Sew offered contributors a first-shot at some of the recently released Cloud 9 canvas I jumped at the chance. I love what the people at Cloud 9 are doing..making affordable organic fabrics in delicious and beautiful prints while supporting great artists. it’s all around amazing! plus, they are right here in New Jersey!
the result of my participation is my new summer bag…the reversible hobo bag! completely reversible with contrasting fabric buttons on each side, this little hobo bag has sewn in a little spring to my step. hee, hee.
as a part of the challenge, I was given 3 half-yards of three different prints. I used the diamonds and trident print to make this bag (and I’m hoarding some interlock). the pattern is one I made up a while ago called a ‘sling bag’. I’ve used it for one of my classes and it was a huge hit. I always get great ideas from the students in my classes and someone mentioned it would be great if the bag was reversible. so, I set out to figure out how to do just that. I also resized it as well so it could be made with a half yard.
in order to make the bag reversible and keep small box corners to keep the bag roomy, I had to sew both bottom seams with most of the bag inside out, leave a small opening and then slip stitch just a bit of the seam after turning it right-side out. I should really make it into a pattern because it was quite satisfying and the bag is great for throwing in just enough stuff in the carefree way you do in summer.
the buttons are only decorative. I covered them in scraps from the contrasting fabric. I thought about making them functional but I really wanted two buttons (it’s just so cute that way!) and, really, to have to unbutton two buttons for a small bag was silly. plus, I’ve made enough buttonholes lately.
so now I am ready. bring it on summer! you can stop with the humidity now so I can have the carefree adventures I’m dreaming of!
Stephanie (The Crafty Kitty) says
Oh Melissa it looks fab! I love the covered buttons-fantastic!
Thank you! Isn’t that funny that we both did the challenge?! I loved your nature bags so much.
SEW adorable! I’ve been eyeing up this entire line of canvases….I love them all. This is a perfect use of them!
Thanks lady! It’s such a cheery set of fabrics, isn’t it? So fun. NOw i just need summer to start feeling a little less hot and heavy.
Love your bag! I featured it in my blog post today: http://www.sewadorablefabrics.com/new-organic-canvas-geocentric-ii-by-cloud9-lets-make-a-bag-giveaway/
And there is a giveaway of those great fabrics too! So hop by and enter!
Thanks, Hannah @ Sew Adorable Fabrics
How fun! Thanks Hannah!