Friday, August 10, 2012

Bucket Bag

I entered another contest on Pattern Review.  This was a 2 week challenge contest to make a handbag.  Since I had never made one, I decided I wanted to try a bucket style bag.  

Inspirations for my bag.

I like the combination of
different fabrics and leather.

I like the straps on this one.

My Review

Description: A bucket bag style handbag.

Size: Finished size is 11 inches tall, 15-1/2 inches wide at the top, with a 7 inch bottom. The straps are 1-1/2" wide and 24" long. I added 2 inside zipper pockets and 2 small zipper pockets on the outside. I use the inside ones for papers, receipts, etc. and the outside ones for keys and cell phone.

Fabric Used: I used upholstery fabric for the body; vinyl for the bottom, straps and a 2" wide strip along the sides; and a brown twill for the lining. The vinyl was easy to sew, but the needle made little holes in it. So if (or when) I made a mistake, it shows up. No way to undo that, so I just try not to see it To add more interest, I cut the bag with the design of the fabric running crossways on one side. On the other side I turned it to run the design up and down, plus added a 2 inch wide strip of the vinyl along the sides. The tacks on the straps are purely decorative. I use some antique brass upholstery tacks I found in my supplies. I pushed them through & bent over the backs to hold them in place. I used small pieces of the vinyl to make ends on the zipper.

Pattern Used: I didn't have a pattern for this style bag, so I drafted my own.

Did it look like the photo once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it turned out like I had envisioned.

Conclusion: I love making handbags. It's great to be able to make it the size I want with the pockets I want and the straps the length I want. I don't normally use a pattern, just have an idea and then make it up as I go along. Sometimes this works out & sometimes not. But overall, I'm pleased with how this one turned out.

Now the pictures of my bag:


  1. Gorgeous bag, Beverly. I think you're very courageous, sewing a bag with vinyl. I've not ever been game enough to attempt a proper bag, yet.

  2. Lovely bag. Love the rivets on the handles and the fabric combination is wonderful.

  3. Gorgeous bag!! I love it! The colours are so classic.

  4. Great bag, with wonderful colors and size. (I like roomy purses) I would have thought the fabric was an expensive handwoven, if you hadn't mentioned that it was upholstery fabric. I hope you win the contest.

  5. Hi Beverly, thanks so much for your comment on my blog today! Love this bag, especially how you attached the straps and all the nice pockets. Btw, I just read The Scottish Prisoner (very good) and recently read Into the Forest (awesome).