Merchant & Mills bag {Sewing}

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

There was a preview on the MiH facebook page as soon as it was finished (I just had to share) and then it went for an outing on Saturday... So let me formally present my (currently) favourite tote - all Made in Home! 

Well sort of... The bag came as a kit. I am usually not one to buy things in a kit - fabrics all cut up, and all notions provided (except the thread). It leaves little room for changes, and I do love to be able to modify things and make it my own. But I fell in love with the bag when I saw it on the Merchant & Mills website - and to be honest, there is nothing I would change. I may make a slimmer version now that I have this one, but that is it. I love the simplicity of it, and the fact that it can go with any outfit I have - and can take everything I owe.. 

So what to say... it comes in a very cute packaging - I thought that was a very nice touch. The pattern/tutorial is very comprehensive, including pictures as well as well-written instructions. 

It took me 2/3 hours - one of Baby MiH's long nap basically (could not believe it when he kept on sleeping). It is all cut for you and you are told what to do - that saves a lot of time! It is made out of oilskin fabric (that you can buy by the yard on the website), with a canvas lining. I had a problem with the gusset - not sure whether it is me or the size of it, but as far as the overall result is concerned it did not matter.

I learnt quite a lot - if I were to do another tote with straps it would definitely be inspired by this pattern. 

... with an internal pocket... 

This is the perfect summer bag - and at £48.00 - it is not that bad. You do get to keep the pattern, if you wanted to make more of them, in this fabric or others - and yes, I might be thinking of the next one already. 

Mr MiH styling... or showing off his car, I will never know
* This is not a sponsored post - I paid for the kit, and just happened 
to love it and wanted to share it with you*


  1. it's great - I love how it is utilitarian but also very good looking!

  2. It is a gorgeous bag, I love their stuff. Oh how I miss long naps!!

  3. How great this project was a kit. Did some work for you so you can concentrate in happiness and have fun putting this together.

  4. I didn't know they sold patterns, or kits! Uh oh..

  5. I love your blog layout! What website did you use?

  6. I love shopper bags because they are practical and chic at the same time. I really like the mix of minimal and vintage vibe of this creation! Caterina

  7. I love the bag! Now I'm bummed that I didn't buy that kit when I was at the shop. I'll just have to make another trip...x