Sunday, October 25, 2020

Thistle Cross Body Bag in Linen & Batik Sunflower Print

I made another Thistle Cross Body Bag (Blue Calla Design) in the same linen (or linen blend?), but on this bag I used a blue sunflower batik print as the accent fabric. I made this bag for myself. My favorite flowers are Echinacea & Sunflowers and I made a bag in Echinacea flowers for myself a few months ago, so now I have this one with sunflowers (I do have another bag in sunflower fabric too, but it's not a batik fabric). I used the rest of the linen fabric and this sunflower batik fabric, so I am using up my fabric stash slowly but surely.

I loved how the last Thistle Bag turned out so I knew I wanted to make myself one too. And since I had just enough of the lined fabric, I had to have this one, lol!

There are many fabric combinations that could be chosen to make this bag. I have seen some use all one fabric, while others do the flap and front pocket in the accent color. Some make the main bag in a print and the pocket/and/or flap in a more solid fabric. Each way I have seen this bag made, the colors and prints give it an entirely different look. I think I am stuck on doing it the way I sewed this and the first Thistle. 

I added a zippered pocket on the back of the back and added this little purse charm to the pull.

The back zippered pocket that I added (not in the instructions).

I love this Paris fabric print and it is perfect for the lining. I added a pocket with a couple of pen divisions (one on each side of the larger pocket.

The bag closes with a magnetic snap, making it easy to access what's inside the bag.

I riveted the strap connectors to the sides of the bag and added strap ends too.

The front pocket with flap. I also added a couple of rivets into the corners of the flap.

I had just enough of the batik and the linen to make a matching Little Wallet.

The bottom is nice and curved due to the darts.

I will be making more of these bags, but will be using other fabrics, maybe a denim for the main fabric?
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  1. of course its wonderful. I love the linen like fabric and its a perfect accent to your sunflower fabric. the rivets are a nice accent and of course so is your little wallet. the lining fabric is perfect as well, light enough so you can see what your carrying and a pattern to make it extra fancy.
    great job

  2. I love this bag, Daryl!! I think denim would make up so cute, maybe with a bandana print??? for a fun purse, or even sunflowers!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love it. Perfect fabrics and the inside is awesome. I know about the using up the stash. I think I buy more than I use.


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