I finished sewing my Emmaline Bag – Pattern Review!



Here’s the Emmaline Bag that I finished sewing this week and it turned out so great! I think that listing all of my WIP’s on Thursday really helped me to narrow my focus on one thing and get it done… and it helped because everything else was put away. As you can see, the first project I took out to finish was my Emmaline Bag and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out.

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The bird print is of course a Japanese Echino linen cotton blend by Kokka. It was my main inspiration for the tote. I chose the Robert Kaufman Yard Dyed Essex Linen for the handles and I just love this fabric too. It is also a linen/cotton blend. And the lining is a cotton print called Hello Tokyo from Robert Kaufman.


This is one of those projects that I could tell as I worked I was going to love the finished product.


The Emmaline Bag pattern was easy to follow with lots of step by step pictures. I love her style of showing you her way and then giving suggestions for adapting it to your own tastes. She shows you how to make two different kinds of pockets, which of course you can choose to put in or not. There are different strap options too. And I really like bags with unique hardware… I think it makes them look polished with hardly any extra effort on my part. You can find fun hardware for this bag in the Emmaline Bags shop or you can buy curtain rings at Lowes like I did. 🙂

There are so many ways to make up this bag, and she provides tons of examples at the end of the pattern.

I would so love to keep this sweet purse for myself, but I’m also so excited to send it away in a Christmas box for ??? Really? You thought I would say who? She’s not going to find out until Christmas day (evil laughter).

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  1. Emmaline Bag is wonderful! Love the denim straps with your printed fabric. Looks classy but casual!

  2. Chrissie Dodsley says:

    Fab bag Caroline, I’m so into making bags at the moment, made two this week and one was with the same Essex Linen that you’ve used, doesn’t it sew well and is a great weight for a bag, might have to pop the Emmaline bag on my ‘to do’ list too 🙂

  3. Georgi Sears says:

    LOVE your bag in that fabric! I’m going to have to try that Essex Linen ~ I always hear really good things about it 🙂

  4. Janelle MacKay says:

    Your Emmaline Bag turned out just stunning! I love your fabric choices as well. I have a few colours of Essex Linen and I’m just addicted to it. I haven’t made an Emmaline Bag in one yet, but I am loving the linen in my wallets. Thank you so much for sharing this on your awesome blog! I love clicking through the projects here and am so proud to be featured on here today. Thank you! Janelle

  5. What a great website and instructions for the Emmaline Bag. I agree, her pics and tutorial are excellent. I’m such a bag lady, and already have BooCoos of Bags, but yours is inspirational with the bird fabric. Love it…Thanks for hosting and being such a sweet commenter. I appreciate your visits to my blog.
    Sue <a href="https://collectintexasgal.blogspot.com/">CollectInTexas Gal</a>

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