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A small Polka bag for her

by Elsa

Sewing bags is as addictive as sewing lingerie!

My daughter had no handbag and she was keen on having one handmade. She chose a Polka bag, but in the ‘small’ size.

Polka small- Sacôtin, La Casa Cactus

Her small Polka

I had this lovely gold Lurex cork. It was part of one of my Minerva hauls of the past months.

Contrary to my own Polka bag in flower cork, this one is more rigid and it’s shiny! You can see the gold threads in the picture below. This fabric is also available with silver Lurex.


I should have interfaced my own Polka bag more.

Sa a consequence, I did a kind of interfacings sandwich with this bag: fusible fleece+ Vilene G700+ lining to have it more structured.

It’s a bit wavy, but since it’s on the inside, it’s no big deal for me. Next time, I may add some G700 on the lining itself.

The result is great in my opinion, the bag being much more structured.

Contrary to the flower cork, this Lurex cork was thicker. I had to use a size 100 denim needle to get over all the layers.

I’m getting better at sewing the zippers. I diminish my stitch length when getting to the corners: it’s easier to get sharp corners that way.

I also used my zipper foot to topstitch the narrow parts! You get to use what you need!

Well, Miss G. has her first homemamde handbag, with the fabrics she chose.

The lining is a scrap from her first Ethel Blouse! You don’t need a lot of fabric length for a bag actually. .

Polka bag, a pattern by Sacotin, sewn by La Casa Cactus

The difference in sizing is rather cute!

I think that she likes it and the size is pot-on for her. She was right in choosing a size “small”.

Polka bag worn over an Ethel blouse

So, when are you showing me your handmade bags? Honestly, I like Sacôtin’s patterns a lot: they are nice, the instructions are easy to follow, and everyone can find a bag.

Pattern: Polka

Fabrics: gold Lurex cork and Art Gallery Fabrics poplin

Notions: fusible fleece, Vilene G700, and hardware kit “Polka Small”

#polka #sacotin #minervamakers

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