The Turnaround Bag

I am happy to announce the release of my new sewing pattern – The Turnaround Cross Body Bag.

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It has two fronts with two distinctly different looks, so you can wear it ‘different ways on different days’4

When I was developing this pattern, I couldn’t decide what design layout I preferred for the front of the bag, and whilst pondering for hours on which to do, I realised I could actually have both ! Why limit yourself to one, just ‘turn it around’ for a different look, and hence the Turnaround Bag was born.20180726_130810

Filled to the brim with pockets of every shape and size, use it to organise your daily life, and really great for travel.

One side has a feature twist lock fastening flap pocket, and the other, a roomy, built-in zip wallet pocket with credit card slots.

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Yeh, let’s play spot the dog – he has to be on everything

Inside the bag are two generous bellowed gadget pockets, and a roomy faced pocket. You can make the pockets in bright contrast colours as I have done here, to give a surprise pop of colour when the bag is opened.

The main compartment is more than large enough to hold an iPad, and securely fastens with a recessed zip closure.ipad

The bag is suitable for a wide range of materials, make it up in quilting cottons, cork, denim, vinyls or leather, or in lovely Harris Tweed as this one I made for myself.blog

Made in ‘tougher’ fabrics, it also works for men – try waxed cottons, earthy tweeds, or leather to make a sturdy man-bagdetail

I do hope you enjoy making this bag as much as I did, and make it many times over. You can get the pattern here. It’s on offer for the first week end at a discounted priceHero single

With many thanks to my lovely testers who did a great job in helping to tweak this bag into shape.

 

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A bag fit for a bag-maker

You already know I am a bag fanatic. But did you know, I hardly ever carry one of my own bags. Yes, for a night out or a holiday I do, I am forever making one suitable, but not when it comes to my everyday bag.

As you can imagine, I do have rather a large collection of handbags, favouring something strong in leather that I can stuff to the gunnels with ever more junk that I carry around when leaving the house – how did we ever manage with small handbags??

So I finally made a bag for myself for everyday use. Amazing we bagmakers don’t ever have time to make one for ourselves.print

What started me on this thought was seeing a fabric on a Facebook board that was just so ‘Me’, I couldn’t live without it, and then trying to track the print down all over America. I just had to have it; it was so apt and just perfect for an everyday bag for a stitch lover like me. I finally got hold of some and then had to wait impatiently for it to arrive a month later.

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Yes, I’ve finally got my hands on it! I don’t look too happy, must have been the extra charges.

I wanted a tote bag as I often stuff a bit of shopping in there along with dog treats (and the odd poo bag), a purse the size of a bag, sweets, scissors, my Kindle, tablet etc etc, but to improve on the tote bag I currently use, I wanted to add lots of pocketry in the lining so I could find things like my phone, keys and car park ticket easily without having to empty out the whole bucket on the street swearing and cussing that I’ve lost them, happens every time!

My gorgeous bright sewing print fabric never arrived and after chasing the American supplier numerous times, I located it in a Royal Mail warehouse in Manchester. Finally – oh not quite, I had to pay £18 to get it out. In the end it was probably the most expensive fabric I have ever bought per metre when you include the shipping and charges.

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I already had my pattern planned out with a wide top opening tapering to a nice rounded base, with leather handles large enough to get over the shoulder. I felt the print needed framing somehow, so I pulled out some black from my vinyl stash. I’m such a snob though. I like a leather bag, so off I went to my leather stash, but it revealed nothing that was large enough for the whole width of the bag. Then, light bulb moment – I remembered, that black leather jacket that’s been hanging in my wardrobe that I hadn’t worn since nineteen oatcake!

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I cut pieces from the sleeves of the leather jacket to make a top and bottom frame for the side panels and used the back of the jacket to make a quilted base with lovely gold feet.

I used Bosal foam throughout so the bag will stand on its own (knowing I tend to throw things in my bag like it were a basketball hoop)

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Yeah, I know, it’s inside out.

I set the whole thing off with extremely bright pink lining trimmed with accents in the Love Sewing print (I still don’t know who it’s by). A large divided pocket on one side for my Kindle and chargers, three pockets on the other side – suitable for phones, pen diary etc, plus a specific Polo (the mint with the holo) pocket at one end. Yes its true, I did – well I carry them everywhere and it’s so hard to find them in the bottom of a tote bag full of crap.

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I added a concealed zip opening to the top using a rather beautiful gold Emmaline zip with double puller – so decadent!

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I added leather handles that I had harvested from a bag some time ago, and had been sitting around waiting for the ideal project – not the easiest things to stitch on though through the 8 layers I had included, but thankfully now attached. If they ever get loose, I will be hauling out the rivet machine, I couldn’t face that fight again with the sewing machine.

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So here it is, my finished project I hope you like it. I am really pleased with it, but haven’t started using it yet as I don’t want to get it dirty! Right, I am going to swap all my handbag contents over to it right now and make it part of my everyday life – And I’ll get much more wear out of that leather jacket this way too.

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If I get lots of adoring comments when I am out and about – I may even make this bag my next published pattern.

Oh, I made a purse to match this morning too! (Another pattern that I have on the go at the moment) A girl has gotta have matching accessories. Maybe I could make some shoes next.

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Flexible container anyone?

A lovely round bottom

The Shapely Tote – there is nothing like a lovely round bottom.

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The Shapely Tote sewing pattern

So….if you are looking for a bell bottom tote bag that makes a beautiful every day handbag, (and even if you aren’t), look no further.

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The major selling feature is there is no hardware required ! Always a massive plus point for me because when I want to make something, it always seems that I don’t have exactly the right components already in my considerable stash, so I have to start shopping around stores and web sites to find the right bits of metalwork.

That of course leads to a massive shopping spree to stock up on any other bits I imagine I may be requiring over the next 6 months (which usually then sit in a drawer for eternity), and also means I cannot make it there and then – and I am a kind of immediate gratification type of girl.

So, one click of the finger, grab your sewing paraphernalia, and away you go.

It is a pretty easy and quick make too. Not many PDF pattern pieces to stick together, and once you have cut everything out it goes together really quickly.

The bag has an inside phone pocket and a large profile stitched outer pocket which has a contrast bound top edge as a style feature.

I used fusible foam inside (Bosal or Annies Soft and Stable) I find the one side fusible foam is by far the best for me; it holds the fabric shape and crispness so much better than sew-in foam and the bag will stand up on its own.  I have been waiting for this product to become commercially available for years (whilst using car headliner in the long interim period)

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The bag has a generous gusset, which is pretty easy to attach, and means that the finished tote has lots of room inside for your essentials and even your sandwiches on a day out.

I made this example up in Harris tweed, but it is suitable for most medium weight fabrics including tweeds, denim and medium weight furnishing weight cottons. Did I tell you of my deep love for Harris Tweed. Actually someone from Harris Tweed recently posted on a photo of a Harris Tweed bag on one of my Facebook posts that I had used it the wrong way round – woops, sorry HT – just shows how much I know (Just like John Snow)

Lots of colour photos and comprehensive instructions to walk you through every stage of makeup, and it’s a sew and sell pattern so you are welcome to sell your finished article in small scale.

I just checked the definition of ‘bag’ in the dictionary, and it states – a flexible container with an opening at the top, used for carrying things

Maybe I should change my shop name to FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS ?

Anyway you can get the pattern here:

Happy sewing!

NEWS FLASH !

Fame (I’m gonna live forever)

NEWS FLASH! Spencer Ogg pattern featured yesterday on the front page of Pattern Pile   (grab a wee discount code to celebrate)

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Lovely to see one of my patterns on their site. I have been selling this sewing pattern steadily for a while now, it’s a firm favourite, and it is available in various sizes to fit various tablet and iPad models-

  • iPad models 1 2 3 and 4, and any tablet up to a size of
    9.56″ x 7.47″ x 0.5″ (24.3cm x 19cm x 1.3cm) click here
  • iPad Air models, and any tablet up to a size of  9.4″ x 6.6″ x 0.3″ (24cm x 16.9cm x 0.75cm) click here
  • iPad mini and similar size tablets: (Blackberry Playbook/HTC Flyer/Lenovo IdeaPad A1/Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and many more)
    7.87 in × 5.30 in × 0.28 in (20 cm × 13.5 cm × 0.7 cm) click here

I’ts a nice easy make and you can use up lots of your stash of oddments and pretty haberdashery.

Use the code OGG10 at checkout to grab a 10% discount on any patterns on my Etsy Shop PDF Patterns Plus

I think I may pop a bottle of Prosecco tonight to celebrate

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Cover your Kindle

I have just released my new sewing pattern for a Kindle cover. Its quite adaptable and comes with size options for a whole host of e-reader and mini tablet size versions.

It has an ear bud pocket and an ingenious inlet for headphone jack or charging cord at the bottom.

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It also makes a really cute bag – can you believe I have  been using it when I walk the dog (not with a cable sticking out of the bottom, but poop bags) – everyone keeps stopping me and asking where I got it from. Obviously this has given me the idea to adapt a version of this to a dog walkers bag sewing pattern later, but we digress!

Its an easy pattern so it’s great for beginners, and comes with full instructions to make either a wrist strap, cross-body or neck strap.

It is fully lined, with a little wadding to save your device from knocks

A seperate pocket at the front keeps your headphones or charging lead handy.
Your device can be charged whilst still in its case thanks to a handy cord inlet at the bottom

Great stash-buster!

You can grab the pattern here

Happy Sewing Everyone !