Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sporty Strap Pack in Art Gallery Fabrics Bound Canvas

I had some extra Bound canvas after finishing up my "Man Clutch" for Purse Palooza, so I decided to remake another project from my upcoming book with Janelle MacKay, On the Go Bags.

Sporty Strap Pack

I designed this pattern, a one-shoulder backpack, and call it the "Sporty Strap Pack." It appears on the book's cover in Robert Kaufman Essex Linen. It's great for intermediate-level sewists, and takes a few hours to sew, including cutting and interfacing fabrics.

It's so fun returning to an old project and giving it a totally different look! This Bound canvas fabric was designed by April Rhodes for Art Gallery. I sewed another version of this bag for their Canvas Lookbook and Quilt Market.

Thanks my workout friend Libby for modeling! This bag is really designed to hug the body, so you never have to wonder where your wallet, phone or keys are. This is something I truly valued as a mom to a newborn, and was my inspiration for writing this book. When my son was born and we would head out to run errands, I was always forgetting, dropping and losing everything!

Sporty Strap Pack

For the pocket flap, strap fabric and zipper flap, I used a brown Cuddle Suede from Shannon Fabrics. Cuddle Suede is really easy to work with, and easier to sew with than leather. I used lightweight interfacing on the back. It does act just like a leather when wet. There's a magnetic snap under the pocket flap to keep contents secure.

Sporty Strap Pack

For the lining fabric, I used another print from April's Bound line. Aren't they so pretty together? The bag has two pockets, one inside and one outside.
 Sporty Strap Pack

The strap is also really easy to adjust with a plastic slider. I'm entering this bag in the Bound Fabric Challenge!

Thanks April and Art Gallery for the awesome fabric inspiration.


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