Thursday, 9 August 2012

Butterick 4247 - A Green Handbag.

 I have been sewing a bag lately. My current handbag is on the way out - the straps are starting to break. 

I bought this pattern back in 2005 when I first had the bright idea to sew a bag. Better late than never I suppose.

                I used all fabrics from my stash  - this is printed linen that was in a large plastic tub of patchwork fabrics I bought last year for only $15.

The lining material was also included in the tub. I modified the pattern to include pockets in the lining and added a concealed zip flap at the top . I interfaced the bag with remnants of fleecy - the stuff that is fluffy on the inside and looks like knit on the outside. I was going to throw out the pieces because they are too small to sew any clothes with but I read about this tip to use it for interfacing bags and it is great. Really adds weight and thickness.

I finally managed to find a use for these charms  . The sewing charms I bought 20 +years ago and the tea charms on a holiday in 2006 . I found them irresistable but had no idea what I would do with them.

I used some very old and very  heavy metal buttons for the bag feet - I remember playing with these buttons from my Mum`s button jar when I was a little girl. ( Just to clarify - Mum gave me these I didn`t nick them !)

Pattern Review is having a handbag competition which was the push and the shove I needed to finally make a bag.
Cheers Janine.


  1. congratulations on making this bag. Great fabric choice. I'm still to get to my bag so I've really enjoyed seeing you achieve this so fast.

  2. Oh, this is so pretty, and it looks sturdy also. Love the retro prints.

  3. A very cute and sturdy bag. I like the charms

  4. Hi Janine,

    Thanks for the info - I haven't heard of this group before, but it sounds good - and motivating! Haven't seen anything/ad in the paper - but I just tend to skim over that and could have easily missed it! I was a member of the ASG - when it first started but let my membership lapse - there were not any groups/meetings locally back then. If you have any more info - please email me at

    Love the bag you have made yourself - the fabrics are so pretty.


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