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Decorate your satchel with your name and a Harris Tweed pocket.
Jenny has pretty much the same taste as me, which means she loves satchels and Harris Tweed, so I decided to make her a tweed pocket bag with her name on it.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start off with a basic satchel.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out the template and pin it to your fabric

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pick out some tweed or fabric you'd like to decorate it with.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 4
    Step 4

    Trace the shape of the pocket on to a piece of paper to make a template.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut out the fabric leaving a 1/2" margin around the outside.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use a needle and thread to baste the edges over around the template.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 7
    Step 7

    Remove the paper template.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew around the outline with your sewing machine.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 9
    Step 9

    Unpick the basting stitches.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 10
    Step 10

    Stitch your label in place if you have one.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 11
    Step 11

    It's now time to attach the pocket to your bag.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 12
    Step 12

    Use fabric or leather glue to glue around the outline of your pocket

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place the tweed on top and clip around the edges with small pegs until the glue has dried.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut small x slits above where the buckles are and squeeze the buckles through.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 15
    Step 15

    Carefully cut away the shape of the buckles from the tweed.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 16
    Step 16

    Glue the tweed down around the buckles.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 17
    Step 17

    If you want to add your name to the bag, lay the flap flat on your desk.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 18
    Step 18

    Use an alphabet stencil to paint your initials in stamping ink on the bag.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 19
    Step 19

    Dust with embossing powder.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 20
    Step 20

    Shake off any excess dust before heating each letter with a heat gun.

  • How to make a satchel. Tweed Pocket Satchel - Step 21
    Step 21

    You're all done!

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