Buckle Bag

So are you excited about the Mirabelle Messenger Bag yet?  Here's a little more inspiration.  I'm going to give you a quick walk-through on some little pattern modifications I made to get this look.  I did this bag with a lightweight, olive corduroy.  I love the detail of the bias tape and piping, but I wanted a more monochromatic look.  So, I used Roselee's tutorials to make my own bias tape and piping.

Since the corduroy can add a bit of extra bulk to the seams, I cut all the interfacing pieces (except for the strap and pocket) a little smaller than the fabric.

 I cut the flap a little shorter and a little more square.  
I used a top-stitch thread and needle to make the stitching really pop.  I love that look. 
Picked up this belt for $1 at goodwill.  
I'm sure there's a better way to add the buckle, but I was a little short on time and figured no one would look too closely.  I made a strip of fabric the same width as the buckle, cut a little hole to slip the pin through, and added a little fray-check.  I sewed the strap down as far as I could and finished sewing in place by hand. 

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  1. Another beautiful messenger bag!
    Have a fun weekend.

  2. I Love it! I really like that you re-purposed a thrift good find. I do that all time!

    When prom dresses were bigger and fuller, they would get donated to the local thrift store and I would buy the ugliest ones and re-purpose them into satin pillow cases.