Caution- Reconstruction ahead

It has become clear to me that making a great bag doesn’t require a fancy pattern or extensive sewing expertise. All it takes is some great fabrics. Like these thrifted items- a corduroy skirt and linen jacket.

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I used these with McCalls 3772 view B to make a birthday gift for a friend.

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Here is what it looks like open. The inside of the bag is made from the linen and has a welt pocket that was cut off the jacket and applied to the lining. Re-using existing pockets saves huge amounts of time and is one reason I love using thrifted clothes for bags.

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The pattern is McCall’s 3772 view B. The only difficult part was the handle. The directions called for fusible fleece in the handle and I found it too bulky to sew when folded over. The rest was not difficult. All I had to do was sew it up and be amazed at how well it turned out. This was my first time to set grommets and now I want grommets in everything!

I am not completely sold on the tie closure. It might be a pain to have to undo and redo the cord to get the bag open and closed. But I’m thinking about making one for myself anyway. The recipient liked it and I hope y’all do too.

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