Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Serendipity Hip Bag

Even though I love blue, when a customer came round and ordered the Serendipity Hip Bag and chose these fabrics I wasn't sure it would look nice but I really like it. I don't think I'd use anything as bright as this myself though.

The first Serendipity Hip I made was a test pattern for Christine Welsh at ChrisW Designs. I misread the pattern and added a zipper to the outside back of the bag instead of the lining but I liked the result so have done this one like that too. You can see my first one HERE. It was supposed to be for me but a customer saw it and loved it so she bought it from me and ordered this one for someone else as a gift.

The front has a zipper pocket

and behind the zipper pocket is a slip pocket with another pocket for a cell phone. 

I quilted the main body of the bag with wavy lines. It helps make it a little stiffer and also as I don't have fusible fleece it help keep it stuck to the outer fabric.

This is the back and shows the zipper pocket that should have been on the lining. This isn't a large bag so I think the zipper on the outside is easier to use than having it in the lining.

This wouldn't be a Christine design if it didn't have even more pockets inside. This one is a card holder with a slip pocket behind it.

Approx measuring: W 20cm X H 25cm X D 4.5cm. (W 8" X H 10" X D 1¾”) it's perfect for those trips out when you just need the essentials. Although small it's packed with pockets to keep your things organized and easy to find and it also has an adjustable strap so you can choose to wear it as a cross body bag or shoulder bag.

As usual Christine's pattern is excellent packed with loads of photos and very clear instructions. The pattern also includes a printer friendly section 'Text Only Instructions for Printing' to save on ink.

The Serendipity Hip pattern can be bought over at Christine's pattern shop HERE or etsy HERE.

Today I completed a wallet and I'll be showing you that in a couple of days.

Happy Sewing

~ Maria ~


  1. Another gorgeous bag, Maria. I love the bold colors but then you knew I would. Really love the look of your quilting. She'll love it.

  2. I REALLY love the quilting on this, Maria....I must start doing some of that myself! LOLL AWESOME! LOVE the colours too..... double AWESOME! :)

  3. The bag is fabulous - I LOVE LOVE LOVE that blue colour - it's so rich and yummy!!!

  4. Another great bag, Maria! I love the way, you always quilt the fabrics :O)
    Happy sewing day!
    Hugs, Claudia

  5. I love the blue fabrics. This is another pattern on my wish list. I love the size and all the great organizing features. I also really like the extra style that your quilting adds to the bag. Great job, as always!

  6. Great results. The bag looks fabulous. I love this pattern!

  7. Gorgeous bag. I like the zipper outside too. I love this pattern is so easy and beautiful

  8. Love this bag and the fabric choices. I like how you quilted it too.


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