You say Tomato, I say Tomahto!

You say Tomato, I say Tomahto!

This month saw my final project with Sew Hot as their bag maker brand rep over on Instagram and I got to play with these gorgeous "Tomato Tomahto" prints from Ruby Star Society!  I also received a paper version of the Duffel Backpack Pattern by Sewing Patterns by Mrs H which is a beginner friendly pattern for anyone delving into the exciting world of bag making! 

Duffel Backpack pattern Sewing patterns with Mrs H Sew Hot brand rep project

It reminds me of how I started Sew Sofia almost 12 years ago making a PE kit bag for Sofia! Although for that I used a rather basic pattern from the Cath Kidston book "Sew" which had no lining so I had to work out how to add one, no interfacing, raw edges on the drawstring casing and a cord which would fray in no time. But you have to admit, not bad for my first bag ever?! And how cute is my little Sofia!

My first Sew Sofia bag for Sofia!

So here are all the supplies that I received from Sew Hot for my project:

Added to this from my own supplies:

  • 2yd of G700 Vlieseline woven cotton interfacing
  • 1 yd of Foam headliner 

The pattern comes with a full length video tutorial by Mrs H herself, which I would highly recommend watching before you start sewing. It's also nice to sew along to someone else's voice for company!

I almost opted for a sew-in fleece rather than foam interlining as I figured it would be too structured to draw in the top, but I rather like the smooth, squishy, padded result with the foam.

The single strap is threaded through a wide casing and then crisscrossed to draw in the top and wear backpack style. A very clever feature! 


If it ain't perfect on the inside, it won't be perfect on the outside! But if you follow Mrs H's instructions and stick to the seam allowance, inserting the oval bottom is easy as pie!

The perfect bottom, I'd say!

She stands alone! The added foam interlining enables the bag to stand, rather than flop, making it easier to pack stuff in.

Duffel Backpack pattern by Mrs H

A professional touch, Sew Hot carries a huge range of Emmaline and other designer bag metal hardware for creating that perfect finish to a bag. 

Emmaline bag hardware handmade metal tag

The lining is one long piece wrapped around an oval base. I switched the lace zipper for some #3 zipper tape for the inner pocket and decided to save it for a little extra accessory at the end. There is also a slip pocket inside.

The lining fits perfectly and adds a roundness to the finished bag.

Tomato Tomahto Ruby Star Society fabrics

And here is the finished bag!  Really pleased with how it turned out and I love these fresh green and navy colours together. 

Duffel Backpack sewing patterns by Mrs H

As for that cute 20cm lace zipper, I made a matching pencil pouch with added elastic to loop onto a journal. Adapted from a free tutorial by Torie Jayne. Cute huh? This is such a great scrap buster project too.

lace zipper pencil pouch tutorial

So there you have it! It's been such an amazing opportunity to work with Sew Hot on some exciting bag projects, trying out new fabrics, hardware and patterns - as well as getting to know the other talented bag reps in this year's group. It really has been like our own little private Sewing Bee! 

If you're on Instagram, do follow the #SewHotBrandRep hashtag to discover all the other quilters, dressmakers and bag maker creations! 

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