Bags of Style Saddle Bag

For a long time I have wanted to make a saddle-bag-style bag. Sometime ago I made the Mollie bag from Swoon patterns in both the original small size and also graded up to a larger, more useful size. However neither bag fitted my requirements and I was pleased to discover this bag pattern by Debbie Von Grabler-Crozier in one of my scrap books. The original had been produced in a magazine and this was the only article that I had saved. A stroke of good luck.

Two-tone Saddle Bag

I found that I had a large remnant of cotton fabric left over from the bag-making workshop that I attended on the Isle of Wight back in May 2019. As the fabrics were specially chosen to coordinate they would be ideal for this project.

Coordinating fabrics

Unfortunately I did not have quite sufficient to complete the entire bag and thus the contrast on the reverse of the bag plus the lining and pockets are made using other printed cottons from my stash.

contrast lining and pocket fabric prints
Back view showing contrast

I followed the instructions as closely as possible although I did change the size and method for making the shoulder strap. I am pleased with the end result. The size is just right and for the next iteration I will change only the thickness of the wadding by replacing the fusible fleece with Bosal (R) foam.

Bags of Style Saddle Bag