Elizabeth Street

Sew: Stowe Bag

MakingLiz Tubman2 Comments

I was away from my sewing machine over the holiday season, and since the start of the year I've been working on getting my sewing groove back with small projects.  My mom gifted me the Stowe bag pattern for Christmas, and I finally got a chance to sew it up last weekend:

This is such a fun project!  It's all simple lines and seams but the construction is really clever.  I used some leftover chambray for the outside shell and a fat quarter of quilting cotton for the pockets.  The only step I had trouble understanding was at the very end with the bottom of the bag, step 13.  This instagram post from Kelly (@cutcutsew) helped me figure it out.  

The inside of the bag is unlined, so I used flat felled seams on the sides and a french seam on the bottom of the bag to finish the seams - I really like having all the edges finished!  For this first one, I ended up buying some bias tape, but next time I'll cut my own.  I definitely see more of these being made in the not too distant future; it's the perfect blend of useful and beautiful!

Pattern: Stowe Bag from Grainline Studio & Fringe Supply Co.

Fabric: chambray & cotton from my stash

Size: small