It seems like I’ve been seeing good backpacks and bucket bags everywhere this year. Or maybe it’s just that since they’ve been on my mind, I’ve been noticing them more and more. There’s nothing more handy or comfortable than a bag that you can throw over your shoulders and not have to worry about. That, plus the squishy, collapsable-ness makes a bucket bag seem so effortless and useful. When planning out projects for euclid, I knew a good bucket bag needed to be on the list. After reviewing a couple of good options, I decided to move forward with some Seabrook bags in Euclid from Seamwork magazine.
An interesting thing about all Seamwork patterns is that you can make them in 3 hours or less…so I couldn’t stop with making just one.
First up is euclid and gingham.
Like I mentioned in my Landgate post, many of my euclid projects had me hunting for cording, grommets and other little details, and these Seabrook bags are no different. I really like how the details can dress up a fairly simple project.
The cording on this one is some parachute cording that I found at a big box store. Apparently making bracelets with this stuff is all the rage, which is good news, because it also makes for excellent cording. And, thanks to its popularity in other applications, it is available in many different colors and patterns. The blue that I used here adds a nice pop of color.
I also added some lace trim between the top and bottom panels.
Next up is a version with 2 different pieces from euclid on the outside and some carkai on the inside.
Because euclid has a little bit more heft, it’s quite fitting for this project. In neither of these versions did I add any extra interfacing, it’s just the fabric, which is sturdy but still nicely collapsable.
I really liked the idea of incorporating another piece of trim between the top and bottom panels on the exterior. Here I used this great greenish/gold lace from my stash.
The cording on this bag is actual cording…like cording from the home dec/upholstery section. Normally you’d cover this stuff with fabric and add to a pillow or something, but I think it also works well on it’s own. It’s nice and plain and simple.
So yeah, these bags were a lot of fun to make. They make great gifts too, and I’ve already given these two away…which means, I’m ready to make another to keep for myself!
Pattern : Seabrook Bag by Seamwork Magazine
(Photos by Alexis Wharem of Greenprint Photography.)