Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saxted Green Satchel....

ended up being beige!
I wanted to try something different with this pattern instead of plaids or tweed... I decide to machine quilt the exterior fabric ( which is a thick upholstery fabric)  & use faux leather of the front 
pocket & strap!  

Yes....I am still on this Charlie's Aunt pattern kick
...I have no idea why because I find the pattern is poorly written
...the issue with the magnet prongs showing inside the pocket annoys me
.... the pattern pieces don't always line up
... a beginner would have a problem with the instructions
.... I don't agree with her pattern sales policy ... which are illegal because only her written word is copy-written & once I buy her pattern I can produce as many as I wish ...as long as I don't mass produce it in a factory, "I" am free to sew & sell as many as I like....last time I checked I didn't have 100 elves in my sewing room sewing all night!...so I am safe !
But I am not here to talk politics !

So why do I keep sewing them???
...because I like the style
...they are fast & easy
....I am having fun experimenting with different fabrics
... and I have a bunch of her patterns, so I'll keep making them till I find the one that is perfect for me? I have a feeling it is going to be a combination of a couple together.

Why am I telling you all this...because some people are under the impression that I am promoting her patterns...I am NOT...
I have no affiliation with her,...don't know her,...have never tested any of her patterns ( actually I have the feeling they are NOT tested but I can't say that for sure) 
I just don't wish you to be mislead by my post and think these are wonderful patterns ..
...in "design" yes
.. in "written instructions" ..No!
 ...just be prepared !

That being said & done...on to the next bag....

The Saxted Green Messenger Bag was the first pattern of hers I had bought
...It was love it at first sight
....till I made it ...
...the bag is lovely 
....but it is Big! ( for my liking)
13" H x 16" W x 2.5" D ( which I made deeper to about 4")
(33cmH x 41cmW x 6cm)

Since I am a "Messenger style bag kind of girl" ( say that 3 times fast) and prefer a crossbody bag..I made the strap adjustable so that I could wear it cross body if I wished. Yes, I installed the magnet on the front pocket the proper way ( without prongs showing on the inside)
* Lynne Baldwin on FB made the comment she "I inserted the prongs through the front pocket and through the bag too so the prongs were then hidden under the lining of the bag. I actually liked the way it creates 2 external pockets (each 7 inches wide)....that is also an option!

One again the interior has the same pocket as the exterior (reversed) ....I added a touch of the faux leather to give it a bit more " pfiff" ?? 

When will I learn to actually read the sizes designer post...instead of just looking at the pictures !
This is Charlie's Aunts photo of the bag...
I thought this would be a normal sized messenger bag...
..here you can see it between....the "Breckland Bag" and the "Melford Messenger Bag" ( so far is my favorite and I just realized I haven't post about it yet ) 
Next time I will make it at 80% ... widen the bottom & add a stabilizer to the bottom soit has more support when filled

Here is a picture of all the Charlie's Aunts bags I have made so far... what surprised me the most, was that they are all very similar in size  ( except the Saxted Green Messenger of course )

I only have a couple more of her patterns to try...then I will finally decide which one I make out of my special Harris Tweed ??!! 

Happy Sewing !
P.S: Sorry of the bad pictures but it is cold & gray outside so I took these in my sewing room..

  • thick upholstery fabric for exterior
  • faux leather for pocket
  • super old cotton for interior
  • Machine quilted 5mm headliner to the exterior fabric
  • No interfacings were used since the fabrics were thick

*****Linking up with TT - Taschen und Täschchen & creadienstag


  1. They are all beautiful! They look very nice in plaids.

  2. Good mormning LIz,
    those bags are georgeous! I LOVE the one on the right, in dark brown ....just beautiful!
    Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen und glücklichen Tag!
    ♥ Allerliebste Grüße, Claudia ♥

  3. Thanks for your honesty, Liz. People need to know what they are purchasing. With your sewing skills, all is possible. They look great but my favorite is the red one.

  4. Fine review, honesty is appreciated. Love your bag! Beautiful quilting, cool fabric combos!

  5. Fine review, honesty is appreciated. Love your bag! Beautiful quilting, cool fabric combos!



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