Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Park West Bag

Yet another bag to show you. This one I tested for Sara at SewSweetness.

I love the simplicity of this bag. It's a large bag with a zipper pocket inside and two external side pockets.

I used fleece instead of soft and stable and then I added fusible interfacing on top of the fleece to give it more body. After I quilted the whole lot. I used upholstery fabric for the main fabric and a thin cotton for the accent fabric, these are a lot of layers when sewing side seams so I suggest you cut your batting smaller than you bag pattern piece to reduce bulk.

I love how the pattern had the placement for the handle tabs already marked out making even placement really easy.

The zipper I also had to do only slightly different because of the thickness of my fabrics. Sara's main zip closure was sewn to the bag from the underside of the zip extensions where as I stitched mine from the top. I can't iron this fabric so if I had sewn it like the pattern I wouldn't have got a nice crisp finish.

Finally the inside of the bag which has a removable bottom panel.

If you'd like the pattern you can go over to Sara's online shop where you can find this and many other beautiful bag patterns.

I'm now testing another bag for Sara and as usual this one is a beauty too.

~ Maria ~


  1. Oh Maria, this bag is georgeous!
    Have a happy evening,

  2. Great job Maria! You always go beyond expectations. And it seams you like making brown bags like me.

  3. Absolutely beautiful job as always Maria! I am amazed at how you can make upholstery fabric look so good in a bag. Looking forward to seeing the next bag you made from Sara's designs.

  4. That's a very elegant bag! My machines would have jumped up and ran out of the room if presented with those layers of fabric, lol!

  5. Maria, you did again !!!! A wonderful job :) I love this bag. The design is original, I really love it, and I also love your choice of fabrics! "HERMOSA con una terminacion impecable " ( sorry... I didn't know how to say this in english )
    Marisa :)

  6. Dropped by from SCS Show Off Saturday - what a beautiful bag and the quality of your sewing finishes it off perfectly. I particularly love the use of the floral fabric as it makes the bag that bit different/special. Heading over to Sara's online shop now to check out all of her bag patterns! :D

  7. I love this bag. You are a real pro! Just perfect. Congrats with this awesome finish!

  8. Dear mum
    I'm soooo proud of you and wish that the most amazing woman in my life which of course is you is always successful and appreciated by the people around you. Never stop being you:*

  9. I just browsed some of your old posts; I love all your bags, Maria!


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