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Mod Bag

Mod - BO830

Super-versatile! This swinging 60's inspired handbag can be interpreted into a wide range of styles

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You will learn how to

  • Sew a curved gusset (and the importance of accurate seam allowances!)
  • Attach belt loops
  • Construct a belt with buckle and eyelets
  • Insert a zippered closure or magnetic snap
  • Make straps neat and professional-looking
  • Insert o-rings
  • Make a zipped pocket
  • Make a compartment pocket
  • Make your own piping
  • Pipe the curved edge of a bag flap
  • Attach an o-ring detail to a bag flap
  • Stabilise the base of a curved gusset

Bag size - 34cm x 28cm x 9cm
Strap length and design is variable

To see the MATERIALS LIST click on the RELATED PRODUCTS tab (above).


Design Variations

Orange duckcloth bag
with two shoulder
straps and a belt detail.
It closes with a zip.
Blue pinwale corduroy
bag with two shoulder
straps and applique'
Soft hobo style bag
in quilting cotton with
single shoulder strap
and moleskin flap.
This hobo style bag in
Amy Butler print
has a single shoulder
strap and a piped flap
with o-ring detail.
It closes with 
magnetic snaps.
A summer shoulder bag
made in "Heatwave" by
Marcus Fabrics.
It has a belt detail and
single shoulder strap
and closes with a
magnetic snap.
  This "basket" variation
is included in the instructions.
This version
closes with a zip.
This "basket" variation
has bias binding ties
added to the side seams
to gather in the sides of
the gusset.

    BO830 - Mod

    You will need:

    115cm x 115cm medium weight, woven fabric
    115cm x 115cm medium weight iron-on woven interfacing
    75cm x 115cm lining fabric
    9cm Regular or Heavyweight Fast2Fuse (or Vilene S520) for bag base
    38-60mm o-rings or square rings
    1 x 19mm magnetic catch OR 40cm zip for bag closure

    55cmx piping cord (for flap detail)
    18cm zip for internal pocket
    1 x 14mm magnetic snap (for flap) OR use 1 x 38-60mm o-ring
    1 x 38mm-40mm buckle (for belt detail)
    Eyelets and setting tool (for belt or flap detail)
    1m x 90cm Fusible wadding /fleece to add extra body to fabric
    Bias binding

    * Instructions include ways to alter straps, handles, flaps and bag body. They do not include embellishment techniques shown on these bags.