Clay, Handmade, Quilting, Sewing

Camden Bag

12th February 2019

In December 2017 my mum gifted me the pattern for the Aunties Two Camden Bag, which she bought at Midsomer Quilting.  Soon after I set to work making the bag with some leftovers from the fabric that I had hand dyed for Christmas gifts that year.

I had a few false starts as I struggled to get the right needle, tension and stitch combination and ended up shelving the project (as by that time I was pregnant and struggling with morning sickness etc.).  The project then sat unloved for a while, but I decided to pick it up as part of my new-year goals for 2019. 

Determined to get it finished – and thanks to some advice from the lovely Nicky at Midsomer Quilting – I continued playing with the needle, tension and stitch set-up and finally found the winning combo. In the end this turned out to be a fairly straightforward make, although a little time consuming and fiddly at times.  The pattern is well written and has some video tutorials to support it available on YouTube.  The pattern was a good combination of familiar skills and techniques along with some new things to try.  I am really pleased with the finished bag, which is more like a basket (and I do love a basket).

In the end this turned out to be a fairly straightforward make, although a little time consuming and fiddly.  The pattern is well written and has some video tutorials to support it available on YouTube.  The pattern was a good combination of familiar skills and techniques along with some new things to try. 

I am really pleased with the finished bag, which is more like a basket (and I do love a basket). I was keen to personalise this project so didn’t add buttons in the way that the pattern suggests. Instead I made my own buttons out of Polymer Clay to go at the base of the handles and also a little tassel from some yarns that I had to hand.

2 thoughts on “Camden Bag

  1. Hi
    I’m about to throw this project out of the window – any help you can give to stop missed stitches would be much appreciated.
    Thanks a million
    Sonia

    1. Hi Sonia

      The big game changer for me was when I started using a 110 sized denim needle. The first pack of needles I purchased for this project only contained 90 and 100’s but neither worked. I was then advised to upsize to the 110 and it made the world of difference.

      Good luck! I really struggled with this project but I am totally in love with my finished basket so would say it is worth the stress.

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