Friday, October 16, 2020

Thistle Cross Body Bag & Matching Little Wallet

This is the Thistle Cross Body bag (Blue Calla Design). I chose to use some linen or linen blend fabric (not sure what it is exactly since I don't have a label) and accent it with a batik fabric. 

This is the first time making the Thistle and I really love this bag. I did make a few changes on this bag and I will make another change on the next bag on the upper band now that I made this one. The instructions did not add any interfacing to the lining of the upper band, except for a square where the snap goes. That didn't seem substantial enough for me, so I will not only add interfacing to the lining, but I think it also needs fleece added on the exterior band piece too. So next bag will have those changes and then I can compare the results to this bag. Still this bag is fab-u-lous, if I do say so myself, lol!

The bag measures 13 1/2" at the widest x 10 1/2" high x 4" deep.

The front features a pocket with a magnetic snap and a flap.

Here is the matching Little Wallet with it.

Matching Little wallet inside. I prefer making Little Wallets rather than a pocket inside with card slots. I think it makes it easier to remove the wallet to get the card you need and any cash, than to did around in your bag for the cards or cash. Just my opinion. Do you have a preference?

I like the nice curved bottom of this bag! I usually am not a dart fan, but this is a larger bag and the darts work well and gives the bag its curves.

Front slip pocket with flap and magnetic closure is a great place for your phone or other items.

I do love the 2 fabric strap as it provides more interest and uses both fabrics in the exterior.

I added the strap connectors to the sides of the bag and made them longer to add rivets. I like the look better than sewing the shorter connectors into the side of the bag.

I added a zipper to the back of the bag as I felt it needed another pocket.

Inside I added a couple of slip pockets. One is curved as per the pattern, but I added a Kam snap to close that pocket. The other pocket is a rectangle pocket with a divided pen pocket. 

My added pockets inside and out gives this bag more places to hold things.

Contact me if you are interested in purchasing this bag. $80 with FREE shipping. I will invoice you through PayPal. Or you can send me a Money Order if you prefer. 

Lovingly made in New Mexico, USA in my smoke free, pet free, perfume home.

I will be making more of these in other color combinations. If you want one made in colors of your choice, contact me.

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  1. I LOVE this bag, Daryl - especially the fabrics you chose that go so well together!!

  2. love the linen-ish fabric it gives it a real classy look. all the added touches you make of course add to how functional this purse is. great job and your signature added wallet is a lovely touch.

  3. An additional exterior pocket is always a plus. I dislike having to go inside any purse to get to things that I need regular access to, so perhaps to answer your question about the little wallet vs. card slots, at least with the wallet, it can be stored inside one of the exterior pockets.

    I really like the smooth shape of a bag made with darts or with a rounded gusset. Boxed corners are always so — well, boxy — so it's a nice change of pace to have a curvy bag. Nice choice of fabrics, as usual!


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