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mod bag

I did it!  I finished a Mod Bag just in time for the end of Cam‘s Choose Your Own Bag Adventure Sewalong month.  Nothing like a deadline to spur on a little sewing activity!

Mod Bag

I rather love this bag. The fabric I chose to sew it in was rather weird. It’s a furnishing fabric remnant from Rathdowne Fabrics, and I have no idea what the composition could be. There is the blue print on the right side, and the reverse is white but you can also see black threads woven in somewhere on the right side. It’s almost like a double layered fabric. It is rather flexible, and not at all as thick as I had expected. I interfaced the outer, thinking that it was going to be quite stiff, but it’s actually still soft and floppy. It might have benefited from wadding. As it is, the bag is quite relaxed and unstructured.

Mod Bag - zipper gusset detail

There are a lot of details in my version of this bag. I chose to sew it with a zippered gusset closure, and interior patch pockets on one side and a zippered pocket on the other. The lining fabric is a quilting cotton.

Mod Bag - interior

I rather like the piped detail on the flap. The piping came from a Spencer and Rutherford clearance sale, and has been waiting for something just like this!

Mod Bag - piped flap and ring detail

And because the bag is soft, and I like a bit more protection, I added bag feet to the base.

Mod Bag - base with bag feet

This bag is very comfortable to wear, with a wide strap that goes across my body. Despite the fabric having been rather weird to work with, it moulded easily around the gusset and I love the finished bag.

Mod Bag

I used antique brass coloured hardware throughout, including for the zipper pulls. The pattern, interfacing and hardware is all from You Sew Girl – check her stockists page (or call in to the showroom) if you are after anything. Now I’m trying to decide what style of bag I’ll sew next – after I make a hat for Carmel‘s September Hat Sewalong, that is!

13 thoughts on “mod bag

    1. It’s slightly unusual but ends up with a great finished product. I used a sharps needle to sew it, which worked well. But be careful with the fabric – it can snag and pull a little bit. I’d love to see it in green! I’ve got leftovers and am actually considering making a skirt!

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