black and white bag

I didn’t really intend this bag to be all black and white, but I love the fabrics!  I know, who do I think I am, Mila from Project Runway?  (hehehe, I wish)

I love the simplicity of the bag, but yet it’s so stylish.    I ended up reducing the size of the pattern down to 80% because I didn’t want it to be so big that I couldn’t find whatever I needed in a hurry.

I also added a magnetic snap and used canvas for interfacing to make it a little more substantial.  

Now that I’ve been using it for a bit, I really love it.  No more dives to the bottom of the bag to find stale cheerios or crumpled up receipts from four months ago!  I definitely think I’m going to try the full size pattern and have that handy for trips to the pool this summer.

38 thoughts on “black and white bag

  1. Susan says:

    Love! Great fabrics…gonna have to try 🙂

  2. Vanessa says:

    You redecorated! Anywho, I love your new bag. That black and white fabric will go with anything. I have yet to make myself a bag. . .

  3. Emily says:

    I love the black and white bag. It will go with anything.

  4. bleuvanille says:

    I love this pattern in the very modern fabric you chose, very inspiring!

  5. Kelly O. says:

    love the fabric choices! it’ll go with almost anything!

  6. Tami says:

    I love the bag, Mila … I mean, Anna. I think you’d win for best accessory!

  7. Nicole says:

    cool bag, especially the size.

  8. Jos says:

    love the pattern & love the fabric!

  9. Jess says:


  10. I love this bag! I’ve made four myself! It is so simple. All four were either made out of upholstry or tapestry fabric. I didn’t do a magnetic clasp though, that’s a great idea!

    jeanette (your new BFF! LOL)

  11. Elsa says:

    oh, that turned out so nice! I’ve made about 8 of these bags for me and friends! great for carrying around knitting! and I’ve got a couple requests!
    I like to put some muslin between just to give it a bit more stability … thanks so much for sharing!

  12. egemur says:

    Çok güzel olmuş. Blogunuzun yakından takipçisiyim

  13. Chris says:

    Lovely, Anna. I like the bag lines, and the black and white is striking.

  14. Delia says:

    Very pretty Anna! I like the black and white all over.

  15. jess says:

    very stylin!

  16. You can never go wrong with black and white. You new bag rocks!!

  17. Sarah R says:

    Awesome blog, Anna!

    I bet you could make some really awesome cloth diapers. 😉

  18. Mary says:

    I love it! What fabric did you use? I’ve seen this bag before, but yours is the first I’ve seen that I really LOVE. Fabric choice makes such a huge difference!

  19. alissa says:

    I love this bag Anna! Looks like the perfect size to me – Purses that are too big drive me crazy! And you are right, I bet the full size one would be just perfect as a pool bag.

  20. Very stylish for sure! I think the black and white makes it very sophisticated but still laid back. Know what I mean? 🙂

  21. Leslie says:

    it looks great

  22. It’s very cute Anna!

  23. dana says:

    Beautiful. yay! You’re sharing it!
    I’m glad I got to see it in person 🙂

  24. Catherine says:

    I love the bag and the black and white looks great.:)

  25. Kari says:

    Love the bag! And the new look here is great!

  26. Jeannie says:

    That is VERY nice!! Love the easy style of that as well. I love black and white, can’t go wrong with that combo!

  27. Jessica says:

    Super cute!

  28. Sew Much Ado says:

    What a cute bag Anna! It has such a great shape.

  29. anotheryarn says:

    Very cute. I’d love to hear about your method of resizing bag/purse patterns.

  30. inday_adin says:

    I think it is really cute!

  31. Nonna Beach says:

    I love that bag…reminds me of ones we carried in the 60’s made out of old jeans and lined with a funky patterned material ! love

  32. Love it! It’s very chic.

  33. Momma Kate says:

    I made a bag similar to this and my hubby calls it my Big Girls’ bikini halter:)

  34. simple and elegant, nice 🙂

  35. Happy in red says:

    Simple and elegant is the way to go. Yay! Esther.

  36. adoro questa borsa e stupenda lili un bacio

  37. Ciao, sono Giovanna, ho appena scoperto il tuo blog,sei bravissima! E ti ringrazio per i tutorial che lasci a disposizione per tutti. Spero di produrne qualcuno al più presto, gli posterò sul mio blog così potrai vederli. Ciao!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Love that fabric. Who makes it?

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