My Cath Kidston inspired book bag
Tomorrow is my birthday, so I treated myself to a Cath Kidston bag...sort of. I love Cath Kidston. I browse wistfully though her catalogue and website and love everything about her...except her prices! My goodness, Cath Kidston is expensive! I have been drooling over one particular bag for a while, but seriously who wants to pay £16 for a simple cotton book bag? I decided to make my own for the rather more reasonable price of £0. I used a pretty rose print fabric I have had in my stash for ages. I have about four metres of this fabric as I had originally intended to make myself a dress out of it. When the fabric arrived I found the cream was too yellow for my skin tone, so the dress was out. I love the fabric though, so I am always looking for ways to use it!
I lined the bag with another cotton fabric I had, a cream with a rose pattern in a lighter cream trailing across it. I have no idea if Cath Kidston's bags are lined as I have never seen one 'in the flesh', but my outer fabric was a little flimsy on its own, plus I think a lining makes everything look so much neater. The dimensions for the bag were conveniently printed in the catalogue, so I just added a seam allowance and went for it. I estimated the handles' width and length and sewed them between the outer and lining fabrics to keep everything neat.
I am really pleased with my Cath Kidston inspired bag. I may have to make more and play around with embellishments. I think I could have a great deal of fun embellishing book bags!
The Cath Kidston book bag that inspired me
Showing the lining fabric