Handmade Summer Handbag

Hand crafted canvas handbag with a feature patchwork panel.

A friend asked me to make her a handbag and I thought I would create a new pattern with a patchwork panel. Whilst I was making her’s I decided to make one for myself at the same time!

I started by creating the patchwork bag panel out of the fabrics in our ‘Fox in the Forest’ fat quarter collection. I simply cut two 2.5 inch strips of all six fabrics and created a panel.

Patchwork panel using fabrics from the fox in the forest fat quarter collection.

I then teamed this with our aqua spot cotton canvas. I love using canvas for bags. It’s a great fabric as it’s hard wearing and gives the bag a really quality finish.

For the interlining I’ve used the Bosal fusible In-R-Foam to give the bag a really great rigid flexible shape. This is my favourite interlining as it transforms the bag. You can see in my photo how it turns the bag into great sturdy shape that will stand up when you put it down (the bag above has the interlining and the droopy bag below doesn’t!).

Using Bosal fusible In-R-Foam to create a sturdy bag shape.

For the lining I used the left over fabric from the ‘Fox in the Forest’ pack, I love adding prints to the lining as it gives the bag a really fun look.

Colourful printed fabric for the bag lining.

I hope you like my new summer handbag. If you want to use any of the fabrics or interlinings used in this blog post then just follow the links and they will take you to the relevant items in our online store.

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