Featured Pattern, The Cross Body Bag

Inspiration: The Cross Body Bag

Ready to rev up your sewing machine for the holiday season? Today I'm bringing you some inspiration for the Cross Body Bag- a cute little number that's just right to sew for yourself or to give as a gift! 

The Cross Body Bag is an advanced-beginner project that sews up in a flash. The pattern is available with my Craftsy Class, where I walk you through each step of making the bag in an hour-long video tutorial. As a special early holiday gift, use the button below to get 25% off of my class!

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I also sell hardware kits for this bag, which can be found HERE. The best part of creating this class for me is seeing all of the bags that my students have made! Below are some examples. Click on the photo to see the full project page on the Craftsy website.

1) Utilitarian Chic

The great thing about this little number is how versatile it is! It can be a great everyday bag for going on errands or out to a coffee shop when sewn up in utilitarian fabrics like waxed canvas, duck canvas, or home dec fabric.

2) Fun and Cute

This bag's petite size and sweet shape make it a great showcase for fun prints! The Cross Body bag can be made in printed home dec fabric such as twill or canvas. It can also be made of quilting cotton, as long as you use additional interfacing to give it body. I love the look of this bag made in quilting cotton with fusible fleece interfacing to give it a soft but structured look.

3) Fancy Pants

For the perfect little bag to take to holiday parties, the Cross Body Bag can be made in luxurious fabrics like leather, faux leather, suede, and vinyl. The addition of leather or metal straps can also take it up a notch! If you are interested in trying a leather strap, I sell kits for leather straps in my shop, and also have a free tutorial for making leather straps that don't require any sewing on leather!

Thank you to all of my crafty Craftsy students for making such beautiful creations and sharing your creativity with me! There are many more amazing projects-- you can see them all on the Projects Page of my class. Happy sewing!