Hi everyone! My name is Hilary and I blog over at Young Texan Mama, I am so excited to have my first post here at UpCraft Club! Today I am sharing my version of the Better Than Basic Bag. I am a huge fan of having a big bag to carry all of my various things in and this bag definitely does the trick! One of the things I love about this bag is that it is made with leather.
The pattern is by Sew Fearless and it is one of the best bag sewing patterns I have used! She walks you through choosing the right materials and the proper weight leather. Plus, there are A TON of pictures throughout the pattern, and each of the steps are clearly explained. She recommends the pattern for someone who is an intermediate sewer, and I agree with this completely. The bag is not technically difficult to put together, but sewing with leather can be a challenge. You sew through 4 layers of leather when boxing the bottom corners of the bag.
I used some of my favorite Cotton and Steel fabrics and navy suede for my version of the bag. The benefit of using suede instead of leather, is that it is not as sticky under your sewing machine foot. I sewed up my version while at my parent's house, and I used their old 1980s Kenmore sewing machine that didn't have a walking foot... I thought that was going to be a recipe for disaster, but it worked out!
There are 2 options for the straps, either fabric or piped leather, I opted for the piped leather and I love the look. They give the bag a much more polished finish. I had never made leather handles before making this bag, and I was pleasantly surprised by how they came together.
The interior of the bag has a zippered pocket in the middle and it is secured in the bottom seam of the lining, so your items can't migrate around in the bag. When I make this bag again I would add a few more pockets to either side of the interior. I would also use an interfacing on the lining material. The pattern doesn't call for it, but I think it would make the lining less droopy.
I am very much looking forward to making another version of this bag. My mom has already hinted that she wants her own! On my next version I am going to try a few different pattern hacks and I am excited to see how those turn out. Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love to see your version of the Better Than Basic Bag! Tag us on instagram to show off your bag @UpCraftClub. #betterthanbasicbag