Stowe Bag in nani IRO


Stowe Bag : by Fringe Association & Grainline Studio
nani IRO Mountain View cotton/linen canvas
Denyse Schmidt Chicopee lining
Carolyn Friedlander Architextures bias tape made with Clover Bias Tape Maker

I love that this pattern is the result of a collaboration between two inspiring small businesses – Fringe Association and Grainline Studio. This bag is meant to be a handy project bag with interior pockets to hold your tools and supplies.

There are two different sizes and I chose to do the smaller version. I was curious to try out lining the bag and figured it was safer to do that on a smaller scale. Kelli from Drygood Designs wrote out a handy blog post on how she added a lining, so I basically followed her advice. One thing that I did differently was to line the pockets. All this means is that I cut an extra set of pocket pieces and instead of hemming the pocket at the top, I sewed two pocket pieces together (face to face) along the top edge and turned them right side out.

This was the perfect project to use my Clover Bias Tape Maker. I used the 1/2″ size which is a bit smaller than the recommended bias tape size for this project, but I like the thinner profile.

The bag comes together really quickly and I love everything about it. It’s such a cute & clever design. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making these for gifts.

I couldn’t resist making a little matching zippered pouch in a size that would fit inside the Stowe. Cute accessories for my accessories!

p.s. Grainline Studio just posted a handy video for step 15 of the Stowe Bag, which is really helpful. I did a permanent gusset on my bag following the Drygood Designs tutorial, but I’m happy to finally understand that step as I wasn’t too sure when I read the instructions.

Clover Bias Tape Maker

Stowe Bag detail

Stowe Bag inside out

nani IRO pouch

Stowe Bag & Zip Pouch