I have been wanting to make the Bonnie Bucket Bag, by Swoon patterns, for the longest time. It wasn’t until I recently purchased some leather and had some coordinating fabric on hand that convinced me to set the time aside. For this bag, I have pulled out all the stops! I added an adjustable strap (because I like to sometimes wear purses as crossbody). I also added a recessed zipper for the top. I made several other variations to the original pattern. Let’s take a look at my Bonnie Bucket Bag!
Bonnie Bucket Bag Material List
- The Bonnie Bucket Bag PDF Pattern by Swoon Patterns
- 1/2 yard 44” wide quilting weight Main Exterior fabric
- 1/2 yard 44” wide quilting weight Basic Exterior (or solid) fabric
- I used leather from The Springfield Leather Shop
- 2/3 yards 44” wide quilting weight Lining fabric
- 2.5 yards woven fusible interfacing (Pellon Shape-flex SF-101)
- 1/4 yard heavy sew-in stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 70)
- 15” (or longer) all-purpose zipper (main compartment)
- I didn’t put a zipper on the outside of my bag. Instead – I added a recessed zipper.
- I used #5 zipper-by-the-yard from my shop (the teeth and tape matched my project)
- 7” all-purpose zipper (welt pocket, zipper is optional)
- I used the same #5 zipper-by-the-yard as the recessed zipper
- Two 1.5” o-rings or 1” rectangle loops
- Coordinating thread
- I used Bonded Nylon Thread with my Juki DU1181N Industrial Sewing Machine
Extra’s I added to the bag
- Purse Feet
- I used the gold purse feet
- Metal Bag Label
- These add a really nice touch – I used the gold one
- Hanging Tassel Cap
- I used some leftover scraps to make this!
- Zipper End
- This was a great way to finish the recessed zipper
Adding the Purse Feet
Adding purse feet to my Bonnie Bucket Bag was probably the easiest enhancement I made. I was sure to use the same finish as the rest of my purse hardware. This gold finish is amazing! One of the things I love about purse feet is that these help you keep your bag off the ground. Just think of all the places we set down our bags. Ugh! I especially wanted to protect my leather bottom, so adding purse feet was a no-brainer! You can find my purse feet installation tutorial on right HERE.
Adding a Metal Bag Label
I can’t tell you how many compliments I receive on these metal bag labels! They come in a variety of finishes and are super easy to install! I used the golden finish to match the rest of my bag hardware. If you want to see how easy it is to install a metal bag label – head over to THIS TUTORIAL.
Adding a Hanging Tassel Cap
Using some of the leftover leather, I used the hanging tassel cap hardware and made my own (coordinating) tassel. This tassel is perfect and attached to the side of my bag. It definitely gives this bag a designer appearance and people are shocked to learn that I made this bag myself! If you want to add a hanging tassel cap to your bag, you can choose the finish that works best for your project!
Finishing the zipper tape
You would normally only find zipper ends on high-end purses and bags from designer brands. If you really want to impress and finish your bag in style, consider adding these zipper ends! They were super-easy to install and come in a variety of finishes! I love how it really finishes this zipper! If you want to see how easy it is to install a zipper end – check out THIS TUTORIAL.
The Finished Bag!
I must say that I loved making this bag. It took me a couple hours to cut and prep my materials and then I spent a few hours the next day on assembly. I used my Juki TL2010Q on a majority of the construction. I switched over to my Juki DU1181N when the leather was getting too thick. Sewing with leather was easier than I thought it was going to be! I don’t know why I hesitated so long to try! Granted, leather isn’t the least expensive material option – but WOW! Making and then using my new leather bag has been a real treat! I bought two more leather colors to try in the near future!
I encourage you to give this Bonnie Bucket Bag Pattern a try! The pattern is well written and adding these variations is quite simple if you plan ahead.
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