My springtime Cooper bag from Colette

Hi darlings,

From planning the fabric combinations and details to sewing, this make was delightful. A perfect project for a day at the sewing club. This was actually my project for February meeting. Due the craziness of project sewn this ended up bottom on my list to photograph.

If I didn’t talk too much  (like I always do) my bag would probably be perfectly made, but I sewn the straps wrongly at the start and only noticed too late to change. Can you tell? The flap should stay tucked under the straps, not over it.

Still totally wearable and I love it.  I want to make one for HRH in leather & canvas for our trip to the world cup. If you are new to bag making, I would highly recommend making the cooper.

Here are some details…

Let’s talk about the fabrics: They are all furnishing weight canvas. The stripped pink was left over of my first ever apron.  The blue floral and the blue pokadot lining were bought at a local shop near my  in-law’s 3 years ago. 
Very similar to Cath Kidston isn’t it? The strap‘s material was sent to me free from Wholeport. 

This pattern would work well as a shopper without the flap. (Mine is hidden inside) I almost omitted my flap once I realised my error. Instead, added to the pattern 2 side hooks for a shoulder strap.

In case you are asking yourself, what pattern is Rachel wearing? That is not a handmade dress. Is from Kate Moss first collection to Topshop. The lining is super short and needs adding some lace on the bottom soon. The headband scarf is left over pokadot from the bag lining and the swimming ladies. The pattern is a mini version of Tilly’s Bridget scarf. I’m so excited about Tilly’s book launch and made a tutorial how to wrap headscarfs coming up on the blog soon.


Have you sewn any fashion accessory or bag recently? What pattern? 

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  • That is just adorable! It does look like a Cath Kidston bag! You are tempting me to try this pattern!

  • Kat

    So cute! I love the fabrics, and indeed, very Kath. I could see this bag being really great for my monthly sewing meetups to stash my project and supplies! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your scarf tying post – love a good chic scarf πŸ™‚

  • I really really love your bag! It is the most feminine version I have seen and now I want one of my own!

  • So cute! I have this bag up next in my sewing queue! πŸ™‚

  • I love your bag! I wanted to make a purse for our upcoming Europe trip next month and I think I might have to make the Cooper bag. The funny thing is that I do have the Cooper pattern!

  • Super cute bag, I like the fun fabrics. I made 2 of these out of pleather and canvas, fabulous instructions.

  • This bag is so springy!!! I love the combo of fabrics, and it really looks perfect with that dress! I am totally digging your head scarf and can’t wait for the tutorial – head scarves are such a great scrap-buster and I need to make more πŸ™‚ Love your style!

  • Love it Rachel.. The fabrics you chose..are just perfect for spring.. Happy sewing

  • Beautiful version! I keep meaning to make one for me (I made one for my brother) but haven’t got to it yet as not sure what version I want.

  • Perfect bag! I love it and after seeing your version I know that I will have to give it a try.

  • Really cute Rachel! Whatever the mistake I didn’t notice it!

  • Sew Many Dresses

    Such a lovely bag, great fabric choice πŸ™‚ and you look lovely in that dress x x

  • Are you seriously going to the world cup? i’m so jealous! (not in a bad way πŸ™‚ of course)….. what an amazing buzz to see it live!
    the bag is gorgeous – almost tempts me to get the pattern, it looks totally different from theirs, adorable.
    BTW – I’m the one who had asked you about the seam allowance guide – I have to thank you again as it is saving my sanity!

  • Cuuuute! I love bags, but I’ve yet to delve any deeper into the world of making them than some simple totes. I’ve been thinking about buying this pattern for a while now, so maybe I should just get on with it!!

  • Cute Cooper! I’m disappointed the dress isn’t a pattern, I adore it and would love to make one! I wonder if a similar pattern exists… It’s perfect on you too.

  • It looks fab!! I can’t believe I haven’t finished mine yet .. disaster!!!

  • I love this whole outfit! Your Cooper is gorgeous, lovely fabric and such fresh, summery colours πŸ™‚

  • Very cute Cooper and love your fabric choice. It looks very summery πŸ™‚
    Love your outfit as well, you look fab on your dress and the headband scarf is so cute πŸ™‚

  • Super stylish and very practical! What a lovely bag ; )

  • Don’t you look nice! Very happy and Spring-like. Even looking at the bag I still can’t see anything wrong with the straps :-p

  • This bag is so cute! I don’t get much sewing done in groups- I’m too chatty! πŸ™‚ I really like this bag- it looks just perfect for toting around every day.

  • I really love the print and color choices that you used on this pattern. I’ve mostly seen sort of masculine or utilitarian makes of this pattern, but this one is so fun and playful… it’s great!

  • Zoe

    Umm, just how amazing do you look in these photos lady?! xxx

  • Love the colours and the prints of your fabrics!! It’s a gorgeous make πŸ™‚

  • So cute and very cath kidson like! Could I sneak in the bag you make HRH and come to the World Cup with you guys? I’m only small so I’m sure I’ll fit πŸ˜‰

  • Yay! Love your fun summery version of Cooper! I really enjoyed this make too, because it didn’t require any pattern fitting – ha! πŸ™‚ Your dress is super cute too πŸ™‚

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