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Stella’s Satchel

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!

24 thoughts on “Stella’s Satchel

  1. GREAT WORK!!! You did an amazing job with all the modifications. I’ll have to get your feedback on your internal interfacings…. or at least have a good sticky-beak inside the bag.

    It’s also good to see you have your priorities right – re: sewing bags instead of ironing clothes on the weekend!! I remember reading on Amitie’s blog “The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary”. Now THERE’s something to live by!!!

  2. Fabulous bag, Lara. I love the modifications you’ve made… one of my classes is doing a similar thing at the moment, changing a simple bag pattern into something more suited to their own particular needs – cell phone and ipod pockets usually! Your fabric choices are stunning and you inspire me to get off my chuff and try one of Nicole’s patterns.

  3. Oh I am so glad we don’t use the same daycare – I would be so embarrassed by my cheapie, store-bought bag. This is gorgeous. Sounds like it was a big job, yet it looks so beautifully made. Well done.

  4. Hia catching up again. What a lovely sewing room you have.

    Your bag is so well made. Having the studs on the stiff bottom make all the difference to wear and tear. Well done it was all so well thought out.

    Best Wishes,

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