This satchel was finished late Sunday night, barely in time for Stella’s first day at her new childcare centre on Monday.
I used a highly modified verson of Nicole Mallalieu’s Large Tote and Satchel pattern. Many thanks to Nikki for letting me pick her brain about how to alter and construct the bag with an interior divider!
The main fabric is dark blue cotton twill from Spotlight, left over from making Clare’s school pants. The front flap fabric is from Amitie’s Blog VIP mailout, and the fabric for the back pocket (below) is from Retro Mummy.
The interior lining fabric is a mixture of the Amitie and Retro Mummy fabrics, with some Heather Bailey for Free Spirit fabric thrown in for good measure!
The flap is covered with clear PVC, and bound in bias binding. It closes with a magnetic snap, covering the zippered pocket that I inserted into the front of the bag. The inside divider has fast-to-fuse in the centre to keep it stiff. Interfacing probably would have been adequate though.
There are two drink bottle pockets on one side of the interior, and a simple patch pocket on the other. There is a key leash, as per usual, and I didn’t forget to include a thornberry label!
I used the same technique to make the hard covered base as in the Beach Bag pattern. It’s so straightforward and gives such a great result! The bag feet and all other hardware, including the strap rings and slide adjuster, come from Nicole Mallalieu Design, as did all the interfacing and fusible wadding. Almost all the fabric in this bag has been interfaced, and the outer fabric also has a layer of fusible wadding. The single strap is adjustable in length and is fully topstitched.
I was very chuffed to be able to work out so many modifications and changes myself (with some suggestions from Nikki) and to construct the bag just as I wanted it. Stella seems to like it!