I'm Katie. I love sewing. I sew dresses, skirts, bags, and lots of other stuff. I also love drawing and occasionally painting. My blog lets you see what I'm creating right now.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Josie's bag

So Josie wanted me to make her a bag like one she saw from Urban Outfitters.  So here's my version, which stays very close to the UO version.  It took forever, mainly trying to find all of those antique brass pieces! Plus I had to order the zippers online. Who knew Joann doesn't sell antique brass zippers with a creme tape? Oh wait I did.  Haha but finally I found what I needed.  I drew up my own pattern and just kinda figured out how I was going to put it together in my head.  Now I really really reallllyyyy want one for myself.  And guess what?! It can convert to be both a messenger bag OR a backpack! How cool is that?!

My model looks sooo excited!

There are 5 pockets and a zipper pocket in the lining.

Front view

Back view

Side view

With the flap up


Bottom view

My sketch before I made it.  

The bag from Urban Outfitters.


  1. I just started following your blog - you're a great seamstress! I sewed a bag after the fashion of a photo I'd seen, and that was really hard, and nothing compared to this in terms of complexity!! Great job! =)

  2. Wow, that's really awesome! You're a great "seamstress", Katie!

  3. Amazing, I love it. Found this on Burda style but came to your blog to see more photos. Fab idea being able to convert to a backpack, ideal as I cycle everywhere and have trouble finding a suitable bag but this would be perfect. Gorgeous.

  4. So inspiring that you just jump into projects headlong. Keep up the great work.

  5. Just found you through burda.
    Your bag is way cooler than the urban outfitters one! Love it.