The Claire Shoulder Bag Digitial Pattern is Here!

Lisa Stewart intermediate sewists pattern The Claire Shoulder Bag versatile

We’re really excited to share this new pattern with you. Our group of testers enthusiastically applied their own touches and styles to the pattern, showing just how versatile it is. Take a look at their designs and comments:

Rebecca Hansen of TwoLeos Design:

"I made my bag with Rifle Paper Co canvas fabric for the exterior with a genuine leather base and strap. My interior is a quilt cotton by Cotton + Steel. I interfaced my lining and exterior with Wovenfuse and used fusible fleece as recommended in the pattern. I used Decovil light for my side connectors rather than 808. Zippers are from My Handmade Space, side connectors from Bringberry, half-moon magnetic clasp from Emmaline Bags. I think that’s everything!! Love this cute bag. It’s such a great size."


Chris Hawke of @hawkeyebagdesign says "I used a beautiful earthy green and lemon Harris Tweed and faux leather; Vilene G700 for the interfacing and Vilene H640 fusible fleece; Emmaline half-moon magnetic clasp on the front pocket and fabric covered strap connectors on the sides."

Also, note her use of snaps on the interior slip pockets, and she trimmed the exterior zipper to match the interior zipper. 



Jo Kay of Country Cow Designs:

"I used Vilene G700 interfacing + H640 medium loft fleece and a light grey canvas on the exterior with cork accents and Alison Glass Art Theory fabric for the lining. My strap is 1.5", so a little wider than usual and 30" long. I added the zip facing to the exterior zip pocket as well as the lining pocket. I riveted and sewed my strap anchors on."



Here's what Zeiba Monod of Sew Special by ZM had to say:

"I used heavy waxed canvas and brown cork. I lined the cotton lining with G700 and fusible fleece. I used a snap stud for the front pocket and made a 1.5” cross body adjustable strap in brown cotton webbing with a waxed canvas contrast. I hoped the combo would work and it did. It’s a fantastic bag pattern and I have plans to try it as a larger version."

Zeiba added purse feet and trim to the exterior zipper.



From Rebecca Lorraine of Cosmic Thread Customs:

"This pattern is a lovely sew! I really enjoyed it! For my bag, I only used Decovil light for interfacing. I used canvas for the exterior, marine vinyl for the contrast and strap, and canvas for the lining. I used a regular magnetic snap on the exterior pocket and rectangle rings for the strap connectors. I added 2 rivets on the strap connectors after sewing around the edges of the connectors instead of sewing a box. I did find it a bit challenging to maneuver the bag under my presser foot to sew on the connectors, so I used some fabric-tac glue to stick the connectors in place before sewing them on. I love this pattern and definitely see myself making more!"



Elisabeth Tomczyk of Novaclavi Design says, "I made mine with eggplant cork from Fabric Funhouse, batik fabric for the exterior and a purple linen for the lining. For the interfacing I used Wovenfuse and Pellon Thermolam (tp971f) and some Decovil heavy for the snap prongs. I made my own style strap connectors and it worked out great! It was a lot easier to maneuver the sewing of the strap connectors than I thought it would be."

Elisabeth trimmed her exterior zipper, and used swivel clasps to make her strap detachable.  

We'll finish up with Becca Olson of Turtle Trax Too's springtime bag:

"The exterior fabric was a gift from Denmark. Interior unknown. Hardware from Emmaline and Wallet Hardware group (Gingers group), interfacing is Wovenfuse from Barb’s Got Interfacing. Cork is from Hobby Lobby."

Becca also chose to use trim on the exterior zipper. 

A huge THANK YOU to all of our testers. Without them it would be a lot harder to get a quality product ready to share. Your input is invaluable!

Share your makes with us on the Facebook Pattern Group. We'd love to see your creations, hear your comments, and answer any questions you may have. Join the fun!

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