The College Bag

After exam results day and college enrolment day came – college bag making day! Catherine loves a home made bag and while we were on holiday in France she had seen a denim/leather bag that folded over – it was super expensive! So, the task was “to make a ‘foldover bag’ using leather and denim please Mum”. We set about hunting down some old pairs of jeans and I bought a piece of real leather (recycled, from Ebay!) which surprisingly wasn’t terribly expensive. We bought a lovely striped thick cotton fabric from Abakhan fabrics for the lining. I only hit a problem with sourcing the supplies when I went to buy hardware to attach the handle. I couldn’t find anything online that a) we liked and b) would arrive quickly enough. The final solution was to buy a cheap bag with hardware that we liked, take it off the bag and use it on the new bag – this solution actually worked out really well.

I didn’t use a pattern for this bag, I just made it up as I went along. It’s a mixture of patchwork denim and leather – the denim has a little bit of quilting on it just to hold it to the batting.


The buckles are actually pretend in that they fasten with a magnetic clasp.


Catherine unpicked the pockets from John’s jeans to use on the back of the bag


This is what the back looks like when it’s unfolded


This is the inside – I stitched some pockets in and managed to make use of another cute little pocket from Catherine’s old jeans. I love this stripey fabric – I’m glad there’s a bit left!

The hardware from the bought bag worked brilliantly – I even used the strap as it went so well with our fabric. Catherine’s overjoyed with the bag and would have modelled it for the photos today but we are both full of a cold!

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4 Responses to The College Bag

  1. Gillie says:

    Wow, splendid bag. It’s really lovely.

  2. Carole says:

    It looks like an expensive designer bag. I love the mix of denims in it. You’re so clever 🙂

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