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A Variation on the “Summer Spots” bag

This project is from the Search Press book “Patchwork Bags” by Cecilia Hanselmann. It is one from the ‘Love to Sew’ series of books which I really like and retails at £7.99. I chose to make the Summer Spots bag in the Craft Cotton Company ‘Under the Sea” fabrics as I think it is a lovely fabric range, perfect for a handy beach bag. The book is full of different style of bags, perfect for any occasion. The book includes a useful section on sewing techniques to help you through making the 18 projects and all patterns are included too. To find out more about the book visit

I’ve had this book on my bookshelf for a few years and the bag on the cover always caught my attention but I never knew which fabrics to use! I used all of the fabrics in the collection and followed the pattern in the book with a few additions. I always thought patterns were there to be followed to the letter, but now as I’m more confident in sewing, I’m more than happy to add my own variations to make it suit me and the fabrics I’m using.

I added some complementary pom-pom trim to the top and bottom of the central patchwork panel on the bag front and back and quilted the bag pieces to add a little more substance to the overall design.

I love the circular handles that feature on the bag and they’re so comfortable to carry. The bag is the perfect size for a towel, book, water bottle and sun cream!

To see more from Angela, visit her on Instagram @angerellas_crafts

Made by Angela Harkness for The Craft Cotton Company 2020


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