Denim Roll Top Backpack Tutorial

I’ve been pondering for a good while over this Robert Kaufman Selvedge Denim – ever since it came in late last year.  On the one hand, this denim is thick, sturdy, durable, gorgeous colour, and has that awesome selvedge.  On the other hand, it’s super thick and sturdy, and has that awesome selvedge that you definitely want to keep – and it’s quite narrow.  What on earth could I make with it?

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Change-Your-Mind Slipcover Bag – Straight Stitch Society – Pattern Review

This pattern is well written and adventurous, like everything from
“Straight Stitch Society” it is written assuming no prior knowledge and
is set out in easy bite size stages – meaning I could easily put down
and pick up the project over a couple of days. I would not however
recommend it for a complete novice, as it will not provide the instant
gratification beginners often need to remain motivated (or maybe that’s
just me!). 
As a slightly more experienced stitcher I was still very
pleased with the outcome – the pattern gives you all the information you
need to get a really professional look to your finished bag. The method
does require patience, with reading and re-reading of the instructions
(this is not a late night project or one for a last minute gift!) but
having said this I was really pleased with the technical skills I learnt
along the way – such as a super neat way to make a patch pocket and a
really easy way to make enclosed zipped pocket within the lining.
In
short, well worth the hard-work if you want to take your bag making to
the next level and increase your skill set along the way – just don’t
expect to be finished in a couple of hours.
Hints and tips:
Make
sure you stick to the seam allowances specified – these vary throughout
the project but with so many pieces to stitch, getting this wrong would
mean a slipcover that does not fit!
I ironed fusible
fleece (instead of the iron-on interfacing specified) onto the outside
pieces of the main bag, the slipcover, and the straps to give the bag
more body and helped it maintain it’s shape. I was pleased with the
finish this gave but it did mean it took me longer to complete the
project as I had to do a lot more top-stitching than specified in the
pattern – this top-stitching helped to keep seams reasonably flat. In
total I used one metre of fusible fleece.
The buttons
holes of the slipcover are the very last process as outlined in the
pattern – if like me you are not too confident with making button holes –
do these first while your facings are not attached to the slipcover, as
then, if the worst does happen, you can easy make a new facing and not
have to worry about ruining all your hard work on the slipcover so far.

Materials I used:
Change Your Mind Slipcover Bag Pattern by Straight Stitch Society
♥ Fabrics, all part of the ‘Set Sail’ range by Jay-Cyn for Birch
Fusible Fleece
Beach Ball Buttons

– Rachael