Sunday, May 10, 2015

May Bag of the Month: Seneca Creek Bag

The May bag from the Bag-of-the-Month Club was designed by Betz White and the bag is called Seneca Creek Bag. It's a small bag that you can wear across your body or even as a fanny pack, if you make the strap adjustable and use swivel hooks. For me this bag is not large enough to carry my everyday things like sunglasses case, reading glasses in a case, a wallet, a pen, pad of paper, keys, tissues, etc. However, it's a great bag for those who only like to take a few things with them. As I went out on a walk to find some nice places to photograph my bag, I wore the bag and placed my camera inside. When I saw a tree or 2 that I thought I could use to take the photo, I took out the camera and placed the bag on the tree. You know what? This is the perfect size camera bag! If I had known that before making the bag, I might have used byAnnie's Soft and Stable stabilizer (or other similar stabilizer) for extra padding. I did use a non-fusible fleece and that works well too, as long as I don't drop the bag with the camera inside! But since I made the strap to wear across my body, the camera should stay nice and secure inside the bag.

I made a few minor changes to the bag. Instead of using D-rings and lobster swivel hooks, I decided to make my side tabs a bit longer and insert eyelets instead of the D-rings. I was going to use the swivel hooks too, but they kept swiveling the strap so that the wrong side of the strap was showing. I opted to just tie a double knot after inserting the strap through the eyelets. It worked well.

Another change I made was in sewing on the flap. There was just too much bulk to sew it on according to the instructions, so I did mine a bit differently and added 2 rows of top-stitching. I love the look of the front pocket and flap.

I also made my strap longer and didn't add the adjustable buckle. I measured how long of a strap I would need and added extra to knot the ends to the eyelets. I thought the measurements in the instructions for an adjustable strap was too short to wear across my body. I like the bag to lie at my hip. I am 5' 3" tall and since we are all different sizes and wear our bags differently, you need to make sure that the length of strap in the instructions will fit you. It's easy to measure across yourself with a tape measure to where you want the bag to lie.

Here's my version of the bag~

Front pocket and flap.
Side of the bag.
Inside the bag has a zippered pocket.
Back of the bag.
I made my strap to go across my body, but I didn't add an adjustable buckle. My strap is also longer than the instructions.

P.S. Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mothers out there. Have a wonderful day ladies.

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  1. Wow, I am really impressed! Having done bags myself I can understand this one is a difficult one and you did it perfect!

  2. It looks great, Daryl. So bright and cheerful. Mine is almost done but I had to stop to complete a couple of orders.

  3. Lovely bag once again. Your skills are to be admired. I agree this bag will not hold all the stuff I seem to find in my purse daily. Happy Mother's Day Dear...

  4. After reading what you wrote when I look at the bag I just see "camera bag" and it does look like the perfect size. I do like the pocket on the front. I appreciate hearing about how you adapt the pattern because of your experience, you know if something will be too bulky or if something is not necessary in advance. You did a great job and you are right its a perfect camera bag for you and great as a small purse for those that like small purses.

  5. This bag looks beautiful Daryl - you did excellent work with what must have been some complicated sewing!

  6. You bag turned out really pretty! I love the fabrics you chose.

  7. Very pretty bag :) Thanks for joining us at Ralented Tuesday!

  8. Really cute bag.
    Love the color


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