Tweed Mini Miranda Bag


A few weeks ago someone came to my Embroiderers Guild with a gorgeous tweed handbag she had just made at a workshop, it was rather nice! My magnolia handbag which I made eighteen months ago was looking decidedly worn so I decided to make myself one. Yesterday I finally got around to it!

Making a Mini Miranda Bag

The tweed is a beautiful teal blue and slate grey, I spotted it on The Shuttle stall at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate, I seem to remember it was about £18/m but I only needed a small amount, I just bought half a metre, I just love it!

The pattern is the Mini Miranda bag from Lazy Girl Designs. It’s a great pattern, easy to follow and the finished bag is a perfect size for me – any bigger and I just lose stuff in it! My magnolia bag is a Mini Miranda too. The bag has a contrasting base, I didn’t want to use another wool as I didn’t think it would be as hard-wearing. I searched my stash and finally chose a black denim, I bought it to make jeans from, I didn’t need much so hopefully it won’t impact on the length of my future jeans! The denim does have a slight stretch but I strengthened it with iron on interfacing so hopefully that will eliminate any stretch.

Making a Mini Miranda Bag

I wanted the bag to be fairly firm, so I interfaced each piece and added batting with spray adhesive before stitching together the four pieces which made up the front and back. As per pattern I then cut interfacing to cover the whole front (and back). The lining is a quilting cotton I’ve bought for the sashing of my Splendid Sampler quilt, I hesitated before using it but it matched so perfectly, I did do lots of sums first to make sure I would have plenty for my quilt!  The lining is interfaced too, so the bag sides have two layers of fabric, three layers of interfacing and a layer of batting, it did make the stitching pretty heavy going for my sewing machine, especially when that was multiplied at seams!

Mini Miranda Bag

I find bag making a little bit frustrating, just because there’s so much preparation before you start to have anything that resembles a bag! The front and back are each made from four pieces, with the seams top-stitched on both sides, the lining is meant to have pockets down both sides, I like a zipped one as well (then I can always find my bus-pass!!) so I had to make a strip of pockets on one lining and a zipped one on the other side. I also made a thin strap as a key fob, I like these, I attach them to the top half of the side seam so when I’m trying to find my keys I just need to pull the fob!

Mini Miranda BagI wanted leather straps on this bag, I’ve not used them before but I ordered some black ones from Bag Clasps, they’re lovely. I stitched them on with 2 strands of embroidery silk. I couldn’t find my bag-making book which would have told me how to do it, I felt the silk would be stronger but softer on the leather. The holes are all pre-punched so I just did a back-stitch round twice, it was fiddly trying to find the hole from underneath but otherwise they went on very easily. I stitched them on before I put the bag together so the lining didn’t get in the way.

The instructions use velcro to fasten the flap, I like to use magnetic clasps as they’re very easy to insert and I think they look pretty professional. The tab was attached at the end, this is when I remember I’d not attached one half to the front of the bag so I had to quickly open the seam at the bottom of the lining enough to wiggle my way up to where the clasp needed to be, once that was in place I stitched to hole back up and my bag was finished!

I just need to make some new accessories now…

Mini Miranda Bag


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Tweed Mini Miranda Bag

  1. Faby Reilly says:

    WOW, it’s absolutely gorgeous !!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sam says:

    Another lovely make, that tweed is really nice, I love the colour.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. kathyreeves says:

    People will never know that is homemade, unless you had a matching tweed coat on, then they would wonder just because it was so perfect. I am inspired!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jessicacrafts says:

    It looks brilliant 🙂


  5. sewchet says:

    Oh, it’s just beautiful! Perfectly tailored to your own needs, too.


  6. I love a new bag… This one is perfect!


  7. Catherine says:

    Stunning! So beautiful. Bag making is on my list of things to try, maybe when I’m feeling particularly patient with myself!


  8. wendy says:

    that’s a really beautiful bag. So elegant! I desperately need to make a new handbag… maybe I’ll go through my books to find one I want to make


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