The Clover Convertible Bag is a Blue Calla Pattern and the January Pattern for the Bag of the Month Club 2017. The Clover is a medium sized bag and as the name implies, it can convert from a backpack to a cross body bag. The pattern comes with instructions to make a train case style bottom as a more advanced option.
This year I joined again the Bag of The Month Club. In the Bag of The Month Club you buy a bundle of 6 surprise patterns and you’ll receive 6 patterns, one a month from January – June and It’s a surprise what the pattern is before you receive it!
Pattern: Clover Convertibla Bag by Blue Calla
Lining Fabric: Cotton & Steel Black and White Clover Natural
Stabilizer: Foam underlayment (commonly used for floor installations)
This bag features two exterior zippered pockets under the flap. The flap has a thumb lock (or tongue lock or tuck lock) closure with a handle at the top for carrying. I used nylon metallic zippers. These zippers are the best! they have the easy of nylon but the look of a metal zipper!
This is not a beginner pattern. It does take time and patience to put this bag together. I used my new Sailrite (getting the hang of it a little more)
The seams can get bulky. It would be difficult to sew it in an entry level sewing machine.
For the straps and handle, I used webbing from Joann Fabrics.
Instead of the recommended flex foam stabilizer, I used Foam underlayment, commonly used for floor installations. I like to use this product because is thinner, provides the same stability, and it doesn’t crease as the other flex foam products.
I love that you can use this bag as a backpack or a cross-body bag.
This Clover bag by Sincerely Jen was also made with the same cork fabric and the beautiful Alison Glass Art Theory fabric! It is one of my favorites I’ve seen. To see more versions of this pattern check this post from Blue Calla or the Bag of the Month Club Facebook Group.
To learn basic bag making techniques, join Creativelive. They often offer promotions and free classes.
I hope you feel inspired to make a Clover Convertible Bag.