I loved my first Canada 150 bag. I used Emmaline Bags’ Miss Maggie pattern.
I even enjoyed making a second and third Canada bag similar to my first bag.
I still wanted to have a Canada 150 bag just for me. So, this is my last Canada 150 bag. There will only ever be four of these made by me.
Things I Love
There are things I love about this bag – the pattern is free. (Have to love that.) The snaps bring it in, giving it a great shape. I really like the strap anchors, especially the Long Johns. This photo shows both the shape and the anchors.
I also love the bling I used like the sewn label, the leather maple leaf, the leather tassel, and handmade hanging tag.
In making these, I found I really liked the two-toned look of the second bag. I found the two-tones made it pop more.
Possibilities and Changes
I do want to include a zipper pocket inside as well as the slip pocket inside.
I’m thinking of changing the side snaps so they’re permanent by using rivets to create that shape. They won’t unsnap, and we’ll have to see if I mind that or not.
Canada 150 Take Four
So, after a little though of just what I wanted to include, here’s my final Canada 150 Miss Maggie bag:
I went with a solid pattern because I didn’t have enough material left over from my other bags to do the two-toned look.
I added a Sewn label, but just to keep all the bags individual, I put it in the bottom corner of the bag. I made a leather tassel. The first bag had 1/8″ fringes, this one has 1/4″ – again, just to add little touches to make them all different. This tassel is longer too.
Of course, the Handmade hanging tag. I love some bling.
I really love a back pocket, whether it’s a slip pocket or a zippered pocket. But I decided not to include one on this bag so as not take the focus away from the Long John Strap Anchors.
I saw a wonderful blog tutorial on Chris W’s Designs’ blog – Jazzy Straps. I loved Ellen’s straps. Mine aren’t as vibrant with contrasting colors, but I still love how they turned out. I took the regular 20″ length of the straps and added another 10″. The length is perfect for me for a shoulder bag.
On the inside of the bag, I’ve made a slip pocket (not shown) which is included in the pattern, but also added a zippered pocket. I used the tutorial from Emmaline Bags for that. You can find that here. Just look at all those maple leafs!
I did add rivets to bring the sides in and secure them on this bag. I’m super happy with that part of my new Canada 150 handbag too. As well, I included a magnetic clasp for a closure.
Something all four bags have had in common is the bag feet I’ve used for them. I love these little feet. So much detail, but they don’t get seen very much. I kept forgetting to show them too.
Such a pretty detail.
All the hardware for my bag (except the feet) came from Emmaline Bags. The feet I found on Etsy but the store no longer has these. I’ll have to look for them again somewhere else. They are adorable.
If you follow my blog, you might be wondering if Em’s Watson bralette fit her.
Was it Bow-Worthy?
Em’s Watson fit her perfectly. However, it will remain bow-less.
Em said she wasn’t going to take it off after trying it on. She said it was more comfortable than the very-well-known-big-name bralette she’d been wearing! That made me feel really good. We already have her next one in the planning. Not only that, but now her Mom wants one too. However, before Em or her Mom get a bralette, I have some bra drafting/sewing to do for me.