Does anyone else remember yelling that in the school yard? Baggsing a seat, or a turn on some play equipment? It’s frequently used in our family in the car – a sudden shout of ‘Bags car!’ as a particularly cool/sleek/vintage car goes past. The Bloke insists on shouting that out for Winnebagoes and other campervan type stuff, even though he’s got absolutely no competition for them. The lass has a penchant for convertibles, the lad loves his motorbikes and I look out for the Austins, Jags and other sleek types.

Which is a round about way of getting to bag-making, notably sooz’s shoulder bag.

I’ve mentioned before that I made it as a gift for my mum (and she loves it) and now I can show it in pictures and say that I loved making it.

I have to admit that  I was crazy enough to do this in the six days between our house move and Christmas. Rather than sewing it in one hit, I had to find bits of time. It wasn’t really a problem as it turned out; the instructions are clear and step by step so I could finish at one step and walk away without worrying about confusion when I got back to it.

Enough fabric was supplied that I could centre my pieces over the geometric print and match them up.

I recommend pinning the ease in to make sewing it a great deal easier. Don’t be afraid to manipulate the fabric as it turns the corner.

Putting together the lining and main fabric is straightforward. Love your iron at this point – iron down the hem allowance for each piece before you put them together and you’ll get a very neat result.

This is a nice little example of what not to do. The strap should have been threaded up and then over the centre bar. I discovered this after I’d sewn it in, of course.

Ta da! This was just the right size for a shoulder bag – something a little informal and chosen to complement mum’s wardrobe. Since I had to replace the strap, I asked mum if she’d prefer a different kind of strap. In the end, she found a woven belt the same colour as the base cloth and I fitted a non-adjustable strap. We’re both happy with it and I’m looking forward to making my own version with a different piece of Ink & Spindle cloth I purchased last year.



  1. Stomper Girl said,

    January 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    It looks great!

    My youngest keeps saying “my bags” which I don’t know if it is just him getting it ever so slightly wrong or if it’s what the kids of today are saying. I always said I bags, or just Bags!, as in: Bags Front! if only one parent was driving and there was a chance of getting the front seat. Hotly contested between my sister and me.

  2. Stomper Girl said,

    January 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Oh and there’s a good grammar instance, when you claim to have baggsed it. Wonder if that’s made the dictionary?

    • froginthepond said,

      January 28, 2010 at 10:01 am

      It should be in there. Considering the conversations about past tense – there’s a rule that says a car (for instance) can only be baggsed for 24 hours. After that, it’s available to be baggsed again. And there can be complaints that someone is baggsing too many cars etc.

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