I’ve been so busy sewing and working this week that I haven’t had chance to tell you about it! It’s my own fault, I entered too many classes in the local show and the deadline is looming, like it’s next Saturday and I’ve still to finish a scarf and a soft toy and I’ve to make three coat-hangers…no pressure then!! I have reassured my very patient OH that usual domestic standards will resume after the show!!
I’ve entered three bags, one is definitely going to be the embroidered bag I made earlier in the year, last month I made a chicken bag and earlier this week I made a mini Miranda bag. I wanted a bag pattern that had a darker base as I found a remnant on Ebay of furnishing weight fabric with a gorgeous magnolia design. I love magnolias and this was particularly nice. However I decided the light colour wasn’t that practical for the base of a bag. I went to The Fent Shop in Skipton, a bit of a treasure trove of fabrics and found a fent of brown fabric that matched perfectly.
The mini Miranda bag is a pattern by Lazy Girl Designs. It’s finished size is 10 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ x 4″ so it’s a nice sized handbag. It has a tab closure and a faux binding edge. The instructions were really clear and straight forward, the bag went together beautifully.
I made a couple of changes to the pattern, mainly because I know what I like in a handbag. The pattern is designed for quilt weight cotton, whereas as mine was a lot heavier, I also wanted the magnolia design centred on the front and back of the bag. I therefore cut the main fabric pieces without a centre seam. I used iron-on fleece to give it a bit of body but I didn’t feel the need to interface it as well.
Inside the Miranda bags there are pockets down each side. I like to have one zipped pocket in a bag, so I did pockets down one side and a zipped pocket on the other. My only other addition is a long key fob attached to the side seam , saves me losing my keys at the bottom of my bag!!
The pattern used Velcro to fasten the tab, I like using the magnetic bag clasps, they’re really easy to fit and I think give a professional finish.
I’m really pleased with my Miranda bag, the sides match up perfectly and the faux binding makes a neat top edge, I’m sure I’ll be making more Mini Miranda’s some time soon!!
It’s really lovely. Good luck!
Thanks Lucie, I’m going to need it as competition is usually pretty tough!!
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