It’s Selfish Sewing Week! And, even though pretty much all I do is selfish sewing (although I just call it sewing 😉 ), I’m participating in Selfish Sewing Week with the awesome Colette Patterns Cooper Bag!

Check out this post to learn more about Selfish Sewing Week, which is hosted by Rachael from Imagine Gnats and Kollabora. And, make sure to see all the linked up posts – and link up your own – over at Kollabora.

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

I sewed the Cooper Bag in View A, the messenger bag style, and I’m loving how it tuned out. It was a pretty easy sew – even though there were like a million pattern pieces – and the instructions were clear and easy to follow.

I used an awesome polka dot linen and navy duck cloth for the outside and a green/navy/cream patterned quilting cotton for the lining that I found at Fancy Tiger. I was going to apply Otter Wax to the bag to make it waterproof but when I started to apply it on a test piece of the linen, I wasn’t thrilled with how it gave the cream color a yellow tinge. It looked great on the navy duck cloth though, so I’m going to be saving that for a future project.

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The instructions don’t call for this, but I interfaced most of the pieces with extra firm craft fusible so the bag would be really structured. I doubled up on the interfacing on the bottom piece as well. It was a little tough to wrangle it all through the sewing machine when top stitching, but the free arm helped with that.

This was my first time doing rivets, magnetic snaps, and adjustable straps! I love it when I get to learn and practice new skills in a pattern and I think all those things make the bag look pretty professional.

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

After seeing this adorable Cooper, I knew I needed to add a little leather initial stamped tag. I think it adds an extra bit of flair! Oh, and I’m going to be sharing the simple tutorial for how to stamp and dye leather on the blog soon!

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

The Cooper Bag on Sewbon.com

I think this is going to be my new go to carry-on for trips. Fingers crossed the light colored fabric stays clean!

I’d love to know, are you sewing anything for yourself this week?

 

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