It’d be pretty great if I could actually sew a real compass, but today I’m showing off my new Compass Bag. I tried really hard to just pick one of the samples I made and make it my daily bag, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of making another! I think that’s what I love so much about sewing, that going from a few pieces of fabric and bits of hardware to a finished usable item made just for me, is about as good as it gets.
I did manage to go into a bit of a panic and rifled through about half of my canvas weight fabrics before landing on this super simple and classic combo. I was mostly worried about picking out a beautiful canvas weight print only to find it clashing with my favorite orange winter coat (winter is coming!!). So I knew this deep dark Cone Mills denim and Andover Chambray would be perfectly matched.
I adore Alexia’s Print Shop fabric collection, so that made it’s way into the lining along with some of Carolyn Friedlander’s Carkai. They landed near each other in the piles on my work table so it just had to be done, they look amazing together.
For the strap I went with the short fixed length handle version as I think it’ll be easier for winter traveling and general use. Sometimes a cross body strap is too cumbersome in the winter with all the layers you have to wear. But the best part is that by having the swivel clasps, I’m able to easily switch out the strap for whatever kind I like and need depending on the season and what I’m using it for. I think that’s pretty great! Plus the leather should wear like a dream!
Of course I managed to pick out yet another fabric combo that I just have to try, so I’m sure I’ll be making another this week.
Pattern: Compass Bag (large, View B Cargo Pockets with short fixed length handle)
Fabrics: Cone Mills Denim, Andover Chambray (in Denim), Print Shop by Alexia Abegg,
Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander
Leather from my shop \\\ Brass hardware from Buckleguy.com