batik hobo bag…


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we spent a beautiful week in bali over spring break earlier this year and brought back lovely antique batik fabric with us.

batik is a wax resist dyeing method for fabrics used in indonesia.  batik textiles are all over indonesia, for clothing, tablecloths, bedding, baby slings, and just about everywhere you use fabric.  we took a class 5 years ago the first time we visited bali, and then again this past year.  to see the technique, click here.

my daughter selected some fabric with the purpose of sewing her own bag.  it took us a while to get around to doing it, and summer break offered the best time to tackle the project.

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first she googled different styles online and once she found what she wanted, we referenced the pattern and sewing instructions for a reversible shoulder bag on Lula Louise. i helped her create her custom pattern for a reversible hobo bag. using a tape measure, she took measurements of how long she wanted the strap to be, how deep she wanted the bag to be, and how wide she wanted the opening, and documented all her numbers.  after explaining to her the components of the bag and how it was going to be sewn together, she drew out her pattern pieces by calculating the measurements using her numbers.

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since she used antique batik, she had to lay out her cut pattern pieces carefully to ensure she wasn’t using any torn or stained sections.  she cut fabric for both the layers of the bag and began to sew.

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again, referencing the Lula Louise tutorial, she sewed her pattern pieces together.  her bag did not have a base but instead, she sewed the corners to create a gusset for the base of the bag.

it was ironed and ready to go!


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