One of the fun things about blogging is getting to meet new people. It’s amazing how much talent is hidden out there. Have you all heard of Sara from Radiant Home Studio? She has a pdf bag pattern business and her bags are pretty great.
I was asked by Sara to sew up her Retro Rucksack pattern and I happily said yes. This bag is full of amazing details. The more I sew, the more I have learned that details are what make sewing go from homemade to looking store bought. I love a pattern that is full of details, and this pattern is just that!
I’m going to warn you, when you are sewing a pattern full of details, like the Retro Rucksack, it’s not a quick sew. But that is definitely not a bad thing. I sew because I love to, not because I want to get to a finished product as fast as I can. So this pattern took me a bit of time and had me enjoying the process.
Want to know what I used to sew this bag up? A rug, a $3 ikea rug. Every time I go to ikea I see these signe rugs and immediately think of a bag. Inspiration comes in the weirdest places. The rest of the fabric is thrifted home dec fabric. It is super thick, almost as thick as the rug. And the lining (that I forgot to photograph) is leftover fabric from this great jacket (another pattern full of details).
I have a beast of a sewing machine that does great at sewing through thick fabric. There were a few times, especially when I was asking my machine to sew through several layers of the rug, that it was angry with me. But patience and perseverance brought us to this end product that I love!
Look at all these details. There are side pockets, that are a little bit wider at the top, making them easier to put things in. There’s a zipper pocket on the inside. The buckles, love these two buckles. A zip top opening. The straps on the bag that have functioning sliders. I love these details! And I love my new bag!
And did you see that picture up there that shows the rucksack could be worn on my back or on my shoulder! I love this bag (have I said that yet?)
Want to take a look at some more Retro Rucksack inspiration? Sara has a whole line up of great ladies sewing this pattern this week.
Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour:
Monday, July 14th
Tuesday, July 15th
Wednesday, July 16th
Thursday, July 17th
Friday, July 18th
Saturday, July 19th
Sara kindly provided the pattern for me to sew, but all opinions are 100% my own!