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Cross Over Bag via Craftsy Class

Long time no see! A lot has been happening my end and I havent had time to blog but hoping to be back here more regularly now. For those of you not in the know, I have opened an online fabric store at so please check this out if you haven’t already.

Today I wanted to tell you about a bag I’ve made.

A couple of weeks ago I signed up to a subscription of Craftsy classes. For £12.99 per month you can watch as many classes as you can. So its my aim to binge-watch all the classes I want to see and give them a go before ending my subscription. I am trying to curb my subscriptions and while this is an exciting prospect it is not something I am looking at having long term.

One of the first classes I’ve watched is how to make the cross-body bag: working with waxed canvas. While I wasn’t going to go out and purchase all the recommended fabrics for a first try, I did find enough scraps at home to complete a ‘toile’ bag. This included flamingo canvas bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year, pink denim from Fabricland, odd coloured hardware and some twill tape going spare. I even found a way of using a pink fat quarter in the pocket lining.

Before attempting the bag I watched the video from beginning to end. I just love watching bag making videos, its almost as good as actually making the bag!

The video was very straight-forward. It talked a lot about using wax canvas which was interesting as I’ve never sewn with this fabric. The woman was good at explaining each step in-depth. I didn’t come across any part of the bag that I found difficult or impossible; that might be because I have made a few bags before.

There was quite a few pieces to cut out, but there always is with bag making. There was no fancy notions or other things needed to construct this bag. I used a vintage zip that was in my stash (bought from a charity shop a while ago). I ended up sewing the zip off centre (to the right) but its hardly noticable and looks intentional, I think.

This was the first project I used with my new sewing machine, the Brother Innovis NV1800Q (J’adore!), and the top stitching was so beautiful and went over the lumps and bumps with ease. I’ll do a sewing machine review in another post.

When it came to making the strap I put it against my body to see how long I wanted it and added a little for sewing it in. I had a problem because the twill tape was twice the width of the D-rings I had, and the slider was twice the width of the twill tape, and I didn’t have a keyring with a D ring on it… I was going to order especially but in the end I decided I wouldnt need to alter the strap if its made to my own specifications, so I just folded in half and sewed down, with a wonky zig zag in the middle to firm it up and then attached to a D-ring on each end.

I’m definitely going to make this bag again. I’d like to make it with waxed canvas, wool, taffeta and much more!

See you again soon,











  1. Pretty looking bag. Your sewing looks beautiful and the fabric is awesome.

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