Hi lovely readers,

Once again, I am back on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. This month I chose to make a bag. For this I chose the Himeji Bag Pattern by Papercut Patterns. To make it I used a reversible suedette and denim for the main body of the bag, this lighthouse and boats nautical print Cotton Poplin Fabric for the lining and an 8" opti antique brass Metal Zip.

Usually, I trace all my patterns before cutting into the fabric but with this being a bag and one size available, I just cut the paper pattern to size. I also made myself a little booklet out of the instructions, which I think is quite cute. The instructions advise you to cut your pieces on single layer one piece at the time. As I was not sure how the construction worked, I followed the instructions, so unlike me. I never have the patience to cut on single layer, it takes too much time. I traced each piece around with my Frixon pen and then cut each piece.

This pattern is quite a good skill builder, because it includes a zippered pocket. This is always a good idea to practice something like this on a bag or purse. To mark the stitching line I used water erasable pen and used the pins to place the pocket facing onto the body of the bag.

This looks quite good. I love the look of metal zippers. This was the only reason why I picked a metal zip for my bag.

The instructions advise you to stitch one outer layer with the lining piece at the shoulder. When I got to this stage, I was not really sure how the bag would go together. It seemed a lot more complicated that it actually is, but I pushed through and carried on with the instructions. Before adding the bias pieces, I pinned and stay-stitched the two layers of the bag together.

I really wanted to show off both sides of the fabric in my bag, so I used the suedette side to bind the edges of the bag. Ad my fabric was quite thick, I used my clips to pin it into place before machine stitching.

Throughout the construction I used grey thread, which blends really well into the denim side, and shows off a little on the suedette side. Next time I make this bag using contrasting fabric, I’ll match the top-stitching thread to the bias binding.

I really love the end result, it’s really fun. Super cute bag.

The instructions are straight forward. The bag is not hard to make once you figure out how the pieces come together to make it.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Himeji Bag by Papercut Patterns

Fabric: 1.1m reversible suedette and denim (beige and blue), 0.5m nautical print cotton poplin fabric

Notions: 8" metal zip

Sewing time: approx 3 to 3 ½ h

Modifications: none

Fit: not a garment so fit was not an issue

Difficulty: easy

Watch out for: quite an easy pattern.

Make Again?: Yes. Would be perfect in a softer fabric as a beach bag.

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