Paper Pattern - The Mountain Saddle Bag
*** This is an English only printed pattern. The downloadable pdf version is available in another listing.
The Mountain Saddle Bags are modelled after an actual leather saddle bag I used to use on while riding my old horse, Kai. I’ve added some strapping detail to add a bit of interest. These will make up nicely in quilting cottons or tweed. They can be made in 2 sizes and feature a nicely shaped side gusset, a front flap with press lock closure, an adjustable shoulder strap, and an internal zipper pocket. The Decovil Light and foam stabilizer add nice structure to the bag and create a very professional finish.
My pattern is a fresh look at a classic bag shape, the saddle bag. I’ve used some stabilizers and hardware that might be new to you, but will be wonderful additions to help you create the firmness and shape often not provided in a beginner pattern. In my video, I will show you how to layout your fabric if you have a directional print, and I will discuss some options and changes you can make if you have different interfacing and stabilizers available. While I assemble the bag, I will demonstrate hardware installation for you, and show you how a bag that might normally be considered intermediate, can be easily finished by a beginner bag maker.
Cutting instructions provided for rotary cutter, ruler and mat to cut rectangular fabric pieces. There are pattern templates provided for rounded pieces. Pattern instructions are in both imperial & metric.
Watch the sew along video on my Youtube channel for this bag here:
- Mini: Width - 9 1/2” (24 cm) Height - 7 1/2” (19 cm) Depth at base - 3 1/4” (8.25 cm)
- Tall: Width - 9 1/2” (24 cm) Height - 9 1/2” (24 cm) Depth at base - 3 1/4” (8.25 cm)
MATERIALS: Requirements are the same for both sizes. Yardages are approximate and based on non-directional print that is 44” (112 cm) wide. More fabric may be required if pattern matching or using directional print.
- 1/2 yd./0.5 m Exterior Fabric - (quilting cotton, canvas linen, décor cotton, or a light tweed like ‘Harris Tweed’)
- 1/4 yd./0.25 m Exterior Accent - (quilting cotton, canvas linen, light-weight vinyl faux leather, cork fabric)
- 3/4 yd./0.75 m Lining Fabric - (quilting cotton or similar lightweight woven fabric)
- 2 1/2 yd./2.5 m* Fusible Interfacing (20” wide) - Light-med weight fusible woven - Pellon Shapeflex SF101, or Vilene G700. (*NOTE: Only 1 1/4 yd./1.25 m is required if G700, because it is 35” wide.) Additional interfacing may be needed if you are using a fabric that frays, like tweed, for the Exterior.
- 1 yd./1 m Decovil Light (17” wide) - fusible stabilizer (Can be substituted with fusible woven interfacing for a softer feel, or if it is hard to source in your area.)
- 1/2 yd./0.5 m Sew-In Foam Stabilizer (56” wide) - (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, or Pellon Flex Foam)
Zippers & Bag Hardware:
- (1) 9” (23 cm) Zipper for the lining zipper pocket (#3 nylon all-purpose zipper, 1” wide, non-separating) - You can buy a longer zipper, or 9” (23 cm) of #3 zipper by the yard if preferred because it will be trimmed down.
- (1) 3/4” (18 mm) Strap Slider
- (2) 3/4” (18 mm) Rectangular Rings
- (1) Small (Baby) Press Lock – (A larger size can be substituted)
Bag Lock and Snap Instructions:
Click BLUE links for a written tutorial or Click RED links for a video tutorial
- Magnetic Snaps (see the video here)
- Turn Locks and Flip Locks
- Press Locks (Mama, Papa, and Baby Lock)
- Large Bar Locks
- Tongue Locks (Thumb Catch, Press Lock)
- Half Moon Magnetic Snaps
Bag Label Insertion Instructions:
Miscellaneous Bag Bling Instructions:
- Add Zipper Sliders/Pulls to Zippers-by-the-Yard
- Make a Hanging Tassel
- "Edge Connector" Strap Anchors
- "Edgwena" Strap Anchors
- "Long John" Strap Anchors
- "Diamond" Strap Anchors
- "Top Edges" Strap Anchors
- Bridge Connectors/Bridge Anchors
- Metal Edge Trim
- Attach Zipper Ends/Cord Ends
- Metal Oval Handles
- Strap Ends - Pointed & Rectangular
- Strap Keepers
- Screw Together Grommets
Get more Bag Hardware tutorials & Sewing Tutorials HERE.
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