While designing the Giraffe Tribe print for our Zambezi collection, I imagined something that would at once work in interesting ways for patchwork piecing, and also for wearable designs. Truth be told, I really wanted some funky shifts and accessories that would make for some statement wardrobe pieces. First up, I've got myself a brand new bag!
It's generous size will come in handy whilst out and about this season, running errands in town and shuffling time between kids baseball and soccer games...not to mention squeezing in some farmer's market runs and a little window shopping in town.
The bag tutorial comes from See Kate Sew, and we think you'll find it really straightforward. The only modifications we made involved keeping our (faux) leather bottom in one piece to eliminate a bottom seam, and adding some interfacing for added stability. I did buy a specialty leather needle for this project, but then wound up not using it and the bag sewed up like a charm once the tension was under control, and I picked out my heavy duty Aurifil thread!
The sturdy bottom will really lengthen the life of this bag, as will the addition of leather to anchor down the straps. This bag even has strengh enough to tote around this missive of a novel; for all my bookish friends, it's The Goldfinch!
The woven rope handles add a nice natural texture to the bag that goes along with the sophisticated yet rustic theme.
The interior Fronds in Golden Canyon fabric compliments the gold hardware rather nicely!
I'm pretty excited to tote these giraffes along with s to Quilt Market next week; I'll surely need a whole tribe to help carry our market haul! If you've never sewn with leather before, faux or otherwise, we hope you're feeling inspired to give it a try. Head over here for a few Tips on Sewing with Leather. And if you've never seen Kate Sew, then we highly suggest you pay her a visit over here on her blog! We'd love to see your finished bag in the comments below, or on social media. Be sure to tag @hawthornethreads so we can see what you sew!
In the meantime, Rhinebeck friends be warned - this outfit will be on heavy rotation this summer!