Donegal Tweed Bag

I just love the Calla Convertible Backpack, I know, I only just posted another blog post about the last one I made 🙂

I’ve added an extra layer of heavyweight sew in interfacing to this one, I just felt the other one lacked a bit of body

It is just the right size for me, not too big in size but big enough to hold a small project and all my other paraphernalia


Do you remember earlier in the year when I went to see my lovely Mum on her 84th birthday? You can read about it here

It has taken me until now to cut into that wonderful fabric

I used some gorgeous Batik fabric for the contrast on the outside, I am really drawn to the colours and more often that not I want to make something in that shade of aqua

These funky oversized swivel clasps that I bought from the lovely Lisa at U-Handbag, are adorable!

I was a bit worried that they might have been too big to do the conversion from a shoulder bag to a backpack as they have to feed through the D ring at the top, but they performed beautifully, I might have to get some more of those 😉

I deliberately placed the pocket on the back of the bag, rather than the front, as the pattern suggests, I feel safer using it as a backpack with the pocket hidden against my back

The lining has been in my stash for ages and I could never quite find the right project for it. The mauve area travelled down the selvedge of the fabric but turned the other way, the print seems to turn into some high rise buildings, well it does in my mind. The lining makes me happy 🙂 The colours worked perfectly with the Tweed and the batik

I can’t tell you how long it took me to find the labels that I was given when I purchased the fabric, but eventually I found them and feel they add the finishing touch

PS This bag was totally sewn with my delightful vintage Singer Featherweight, she’s a marvel at sewing through a gazillion layers!!

About picperfic

I dye luxurious fibre blends for spinners and felters, and sew beautiful bags, project bags and needle/hook organisers to a very high standard, using designer fabrics and then I photograph them!
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