The only modifications I made to the pattern was to make the straps long and add a buckle so it is adjustable and I can wear it as a cross-body bag. That's my preferred way to carry a bag.
Look! Blue skies!!! I love the neutral color of this bag too.
Here's what you want to see. The close-ups.
See the vertical-ish lines on my facing? It's because I stitched in the ditch from the front to make the facing behave. This baby was NOT staying down until I did this. And yes, I used a rubber mallet on the seams. When I make this next time, I will move the pocket placement down 3/4" or so.
I used Antique Gold for the metal hardware except for the magnetic closure. I could only find that in bright silver.
Here is how it compares to the Red Hot Mama Tote. They are both pretty large bags. The Niarobi bag is just simpler and looks sleeker.
And this is my true test of whether the bag will work for me. Can it fit these two things?
A few other details:
- I used a 100 and 110 leather needle and a Teflon foot. Midway through construction, I felt like my needle was having a harder time going through the leather so I switched to a new needle.
- I used a quilting cotton for the inside lining.
- The magnetic closure was bought at JoAnn's and the other hardware was bought at Tandy Leather.
- I used Eco-Flo EdgeFlex in Neutral for the raw edges of the leather on the straps and the loops that attach to the bag.