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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Friday, June 09, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Bags


    Ministry Makes Bags

    What have I been sewing lately?

    I have been investigating a new bag workshop to replace the current popular clutch bag we offer, as unfortunately, Sam is no longer available to teach this workshop.

    I felt a little spoilt for choice when I started to research some ideas but as I wanted it to be suitable for complete beginners as well as for those who wanted to try their hand at bag making, I soon dwindled it down to a handful after I had filtered out any with technical processes or accessories.

    I have been posting some ideas on our Facebook page and this first one I sampled seemed to get the most positive response. It is actually quite a straightforward lined bag with a magnetic fasted flap. What works well is the opportunity to use contrasting fabrics and I think these two work especially well together.

    This next bag is a very similar style to the first; however, I decided to add the bow as a simple but effective decorative detail. I don’t think I chose the best fabric combinations so might try again. The great thing about making these smaller clutch bags is that you can use up all those small bits of fabric from your stash that are just too good to throw away.

    This style was meant to be simple and chic, a kind of oversized clutch, in fact the first sample I made was big enough to be a lap top bag! It is an extremely easy bag to make and probably too simple to challenge even a complete beginner.

    I have always wanted to try an oversized ‘Hobo’ style and it took a few goes to get the dimensions and balance right but I am really pleased with the final version and what is great about this style is that it is completely reversible.

    The final style is again completely reversible and is know as a Japanese knot bag. It is similar in construction to the above and like the above, involves a clever bagging out technique, which involves pushing the whole bag through one of the handles to turn it the right way around.

    Let me know which is your favourite style or if there are any bags you would like to come and make at a workshop.


    mum commented on 19-Jun-2017 12:58 PM
    I like the Japaneseknot bag best.
    June Bennison commented on 08-Aug-2017 09:11 AM
    love the Japaneseknot bag ideal to put in my bag when at supermarket I always forget my plastic one for shopping

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