Creative Domestic – vintage: the birthday bag

Josh loves bags. You know, manly messenger bags, not froofy purse bags. Josh is also hard to buy for; he usually asks for gift cards because what he really wants is expensive technology stuff. Gift cards make it so he can save up for big things (like the next Microsoft tablet releasing this fall).

But what he can’t buy is something that I can make. Last year I surprised him with the Colette Patterns Cooper bag. Cooper is from their unisex Walden line, and it’s a great design.


This was my first time sewing a bag with closures and hardware, and I love how professional the result is considering the simple construction. I’d also never sewn with vinyl before, so that was a learning experience.


This bag has a bunch of pockets and can be customized for about any look. I’d love to make a more feminine version for me sometime. (I made my toddler a mini Cooper last spring.)


I loved making Josh a gift that he wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else, and every time he pulls it out, my sewing heart swells with a modest dose of wifely pride. This year I’m at a loss for gifts and will almost certainly go for the gift cards that he loves to hoard. But birthdays are about the birthday person, right? And if my husband gets giddy over gift cards, then who am I to say otherwise? Unless, of course, it’s a handmade messenger bag.

***Specs: The Cooper bag made at 100-percent. (Asher’s bag was made at 40-percent.) I used vinyl and canvas, with hardware purchased from the 2013 Colette Patterns Holiday Craft Shop. (So far that’s the only holiday shop they’ve ever done.) The fabric and webbing were purchased at Fabric Depot in Portland.

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  1. Sonia
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    You are so talented. Amazing girl.

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    […] the Colette Cooper pattern (from their Walden line). I’ve made this bag two times before (once for Josh and once for Asher), so I was familiar with the techniques and construction. I didn’t follow […]

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