Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Coco Bag Love

Found a wonderful {free} sewing pattern online last week for a gorgeous handbag that is surprisingly simple to make. The directions are so clear, well-written and easy to follow. I am completely in love with the Coco Bag by Chris W. Designs!

Let me preface this by sharing that I am in total destashing mode. The shelves in my studio are crammed full of fabric and yarn and scrapbooking supplies and I have vowed to use what I have, only buying necessities for a while.

The fabrics I chose to use for my first Coco are a woven green home decor with brown dots along with a couple of quilting cottons -- the question mark swirly pattern is the accent fabric and the tiny white on brown polka dots is the lining fabric:

Christine's pattern is a downloadable PDF, very easy to follow ...

I adore the way the tiny darts shape the beautiful bag bottom ...

This is the first time I've used a magnetic snap. Had some on hand from a store that closed a while back ...

I did make a few changes to the original instructions and materials. I interfaced all pieces with heavy-weight 809 Decor Bond and omitted the fleece interlining. The bag is sturdy and stands up on its own.

Rather than the hollow piping called for in the handles, I used cording and attached the handles to the bag flat since I did not have the hardware Christine used.

It's a beautiful bag, a brilliant pattern and I can't wait to make another one!

So many projects, never enough time ...


  1. What a great job Jane! I love it! I am so glad you enjoyed making up my Coco pattern! :)
    ChrisW Designs

    1. Thanks, Christine. I enjoyed making this bag so much! This one is a gift, but I plan to make another for myself soon.

  2. The combo of fabric colors and patterns is perfectly gorgeous. Great job!


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