Martha Market Bag mark II – LONDON


After a busy day that included laundry and gardening, I settled down in the sewing room for a couple of hours and have completed the second Martha Market Bag. As mentioned in an earlier post, I had originally planned to make this bag when I attended the UFO day at New Threads, Weyhill Fairground but managed to omit some vital “ingredients” when preparing the “kit”.

By using the “London” printed canvas that I bought at the Sandown Quilt Show plus some lovely Black corduroy from my stash I have produced a “unisex” bag that my husband can also use when he visits local bookstalls and shops.

Some changes to the original pattern means that the bag has additional internal pockets. There is a slip pocket with stitched divisions for pens and a mobile phone, a zipped pocket with slip pocket behind and the bag also has a small tab with button fastening for that little extra security. I used plain calico for the pockets and bag lining, the corduroy is used for the bag base, handles and button tab. For this bag I have omitted wadding but I did use Vilene F220 medium weight fusible interfacing just to add stability and strength to the outer fabrics and handles.

So that’s it for bag making for the moment. It is my birthday early next month so I need to get stitching a new dress for the day – now what fabric and design shall I make?