A Month To Go To The Big 3 0

I’m not sure if you realised but yesterday was the 12th of March. “Yes Polly we know, what’s the big deal?” you may be thinking, well the 12th of March is the start of a big countdown for me, it’s exactly 1 month till I’m 30. 30. Actual 30. The big three zero. I’m not sure whether you can tell but I’m not exactly ecstatic about turning 30. To me 30 means I’m going to be a grown up. I know I have 2 kids, a husband, a car and a mortgage but none of that really means I’m grown up, but 30, that’s just instant grown up. I suppose really I would like to stay in my 20’s for just a few more years, I don’t want to be greedy, I’m just not quite ready to grow up.

Because of yesterday’s date I was not in the best of moods so decided to start a project that would keep my mind distracted for the day. So this little gem was born.


I don’t often work from a purchased pattern, I like the challenge of coming up with my own design and figuring out how to get to my finished item. This cross body bag was no different.


I wanted to push myself so included a recessed zipper for the main closure which I haven’t tried before, I found this tutorial a great starting point.


I also added an internal zipper pocket as I find them really handy for keeping little bits safe.



I lined the bag with this wicked moustache fabric from Riley Blake’s Geekly Chic collection and I even managed to get the moustaches up the right way in the pocket (more luck than judgement).

For the bag outer I used this awesome Echino cotton linen mix I picked up from Eternal Maker a few weeks ago and I added a pleat to each side to give a bit of shape. To make a little more room inside I boxed the corners.



For the strap I used some cotton webbing I had in my stash and the rings and slider I salvaged from a boring bag I found in a charity shop.


The bag cost me £3.05 which was less than buying the hardware online and paying for postage (plus I did my bit for charity).


The strap placement took me a few attempts, originally I had planned to attach the straps at the top of the bag on either side but it just looked too bulky and awkward so after a little swearing and a bit of help from my trusty unpicker I settled on attaching one end to the front and the other to the back. This looks so much better and (once I half twisted the strap before attaching it) lays nicely across my body.


For a first draught I’m pretty happy with my bag and would only make a couple of adjustments.

1. Unlike the tutorial I would attach both the outer and lining to the recessed zipper in one step rather than two.

2. Top stitch around the recessed zipper to prevent the lining catching.

3. Top stitch around the top of the bag to stop the recessed zipper moving around too much and for extra strength on the strap.

4. A heavier duty webbing or quilted strapping would be better.

One Response to “A Month To Go To The Big 3 0”

  • Julie:

    Love it, very well done.

    Errrr as for hitting the big 30, how do you think I feel!!!!!!!! Anyway you haven’t got to grow up just yet because if you grow up that means I have to, and I’m not ready to do that just yet.

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