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Sew a Kraft-tex Bag

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Make a modern and versatile messenger bag look even cooler and sew a kraft-tex bag with Kraft-tex Kraft Paper Fabric!

Sew a kraft-tex BagI have to admit, I have been intrigued with kraft-tex Kraft Paper Fabric since it first came out. We even did a webinar with kraft-tex (watch it on-demand here)! kraft-tex looks and feels like paper, but it sews and mashes like fabric. It’s such a fun textile to use when you want to create a very unique look.

Sew a kraft-tex BagStash books has a great new book, Sew kraft-tex Bags, Tips & Techniques for Working with Kraft Paper Fabric. I chose to make the Stem Messenger bag from the book because I thought it looked super cool and I needed a bag to hold my tablet, notebook and pens, but also be a cross-body bag when needed.

How I made it

I basically followed the instructions from the book, which are very well written and easy to follow, but I made a few notable changes:

The pattern calls for fusible interfacing. I used Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer Extra for this. I fused the stabilizer to the fabric, per the package instructions, and then cut out the fabric.I used contrasting thread instead of thread that matched the fabric. I love when the thread can be a part of the story that a project tells. For this one, I used Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Blendables in Red Brick (4007) and Blue Heaven (4087). If you are confident in your stitching, then let it show! I like the additional detail that the contrasting threads give to the project.

  • Sew a kraft-tex BagThe book suggests making the leaves and stem out of kraft-tex, but I decided to make the entire flap out of it. I like the contrast of the white kraft-tex with the linen fabric and the Marsala and Teal kraft-tex of the leaves.
  • To make cutting out the leaves easier, I traced the design onto Sulky Totally StableĀ® and then ironed it to the front of the kraft-tex.I cut out the leaves, lifted the design, and re-ironed it to another section to cut out the next leaf with a pair of scissors that I use for cutting paper and fabric.

This made getting accurate leaves quick and easy.

Now I have a great bag that is perfect for a morning at the coffee shop!
Because it can be a cross-body bag, it was perfect for a festival I attended with my Hubby last weekend.

If you have been curious about kraft-tex and love bags, this book is a great place to start!

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  • Laura Dufresne

    Your bag looks incredible! Thanks for sharing this – a member posted this to the Kraft Tex Junkies group on FB and I am so glad she did!

  • Judy C

    Really love the details of your bag. Looks like a great time was had at the festival also. Thanks for the share and Happy Spring to you and your family.