If you want the perfect little shoulder or crossbody bag for every occasion then why not consider sewing up The Loule Bag. Unsnap the narrow strap and you can use this as the ideal clutch bag and wallet too – it has card slots!
It has a very beautiful and classic look, while the designer says that thanks to the zipper piping on The Loule Bag it also has a little edgy look. Teens and younger ladies would love this style with the exposed zipper teeth as a piping accent, but nothing to stop you sewing one for your mom too – she’ll love it!
The Loule Bag is a small but convenient size. It has enough space for you to bring along a standard size wallet but it also offers 8 card slots for the occasions you wish to leave your wallet at home. There is also space for your cellphone and other necessities in a number of slip pockets.
The designer describes her project as an excellent pattern for the confident beginner to intermediate bagmaker. Her pattern also contains information for beginners wishing to start using cork fabric.
When you have finished making your Loule Bag it will measure approximately 11” (28cm) long by 6” (15cm) high by 1” (2.5cm) wide/deep at the base.
What you will need to make The Loule Bag
15″ by 15” (40 by 40cm) of cork, faux leather, vinyl or cotton for the exterior fabric
18” by 22” (45 by 55cm): A fat quarter cotton for the Decor fabric
18” by 22” (45 by 55cm): A fat quarter cotton for the lining fabric
2” by 50” (5 by 125cm) of the desired fabric for a shoulder strap. You want a longer strap for a crossbody bag or use a ready-made strap or chain
12″ by 4” (30 by 10cm) of medium interfacing: Fast 2 Fuse Medium, Decovil light or for a softer feel use fusible fleece, like Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus, or any interfacing you have that will allow the cotton to match the feel and sturdiness of your exterior.
16″ by 20” (40 by 50cm) of medium interfacing, if using cotton for the exterior fabric: Fast 2 Fuse Medium, Decovil light or for a softer feel use fusible fleece, like Pellon Fusible Thermolam Plus
½ yard of thin interfacing: Fusible interfacing for the lining, like Vilene G700 woven fusible or Pellon SF101Shape-Flex
One 14” (35cm) zipper (or longer) for decor: Preferably use a sturdy zipper with a metal coil for the best effect, or use regular piping
One 12” (27.5cm) zipper (or longer) for closure: Use the same kind of zipper as the decor one so they match
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