Sunday, July 3, 2011

Style Stitches Monthly Bag Challenge: The Teardrop Bag

It was a close call, but I managed to get my Teardrop Bag made in time to enter it in the June Style Stitches Monthly Bag Challenge.

Style Stitches monthly bag challenge button
completed Teardrop BagWhen I first browsed through the book, the Teardrop Bag was definitely the design that appealed to me most. I love me a long strap, and the teardrop shape with the pleat just looked classic. So this is the bag that I was probably most looking forward to making. It didn't disappoint!

me and my bag
I made the small version and in the self-portrait above you can get a better idea of the scale of the bag. I went with the smaller version because I have been wanting something to just toss my keys and wallet into for quick outings. Not to mention that as I am usually hauling around a big ol' diaper bag, the thought of carrying something small and petite really appealed to me.

Teardrop Bag-- inside view
The inside is finished nicely, and has a divider pocket. I followed all of the instructions as written and the bag went together with no problems. Again, I find myself a little flummoxed that this bag is rated "Intermediate" when the Cosmo Bag (the first project in the book) is"Beginner"-- because I found the Teardrop Bag to be much more straightforward and far quicker to make. Go figure.

Teardrop Bag, detail of decorative stitching on top bands
I took inspiration from 1PrettyBag's completed bag and decided to do some decorative stitching across the top bands on the outside. I'm really pleased with the result!

After six months, the Style Stitches challenge is officially at the halfway point. This challenge has been really motivating for me! I'm pretty excited that I've managed to keep up with the monthly projects. I am truly thrilled with the book thus far and am really looking forward to making more bags.


  1. What a gorgeous bag! It look professionally made, you did a great job.

  2. So pretty! i love that you did that decorative stitching. Looks like something you'd find in a cute boutique!

  3. Great job! you are so talented in so many ways.

  4. I do so agree with the long strap! Love to be able to throw it accross and not have it fall off when shopping (or gathering up a small child)! I would use the crazy out of that purse! You are doing so well with your bag challenge!

  5. It turned out sooo good! I love it.

  6. It looks great! I've been enjoying your posts about the different bags and I think that book has to go on my to-buy list!