View Full Version : Good for a laugh: my wannabe Medium Cafe Bag

03-17-2012, 02:00 PM
Okay, I'll admit to being a groupie. When I first discovered TB, I was feeling especially poor, so I thought I'd make my own bag. The pix don't do justice to the lining, which was the closest I could get to Wasabi - but mine has polka dots. And I used a snazzy red to line the front pocket.


What did I learn from this experience of reverse-engineering a TB bag? The ones you can buy are worth every penny! First, it's really hard to find the right fabrics. I did okay with the plum cordura, but couldn't find anything cool for the lining so I ended up using cotton. That's far from ideal in terms of holding the shape, although it's pretty cute. By the time you buy fabric and fittings, the cost is creeping up (although I was able to canibalize the straps and hooks from other old bags I didn't want). Second, it takes a looooong time to make one of these! It would probably go quicker the second time, but I haven't attempted it again.

03-17-2012, 02:21 PM
You did a great job, kmcg!

03-17-2012, 02:43 PM
I love this! I wish I could give it multiple likes.

03-17-2012, 03:19 PM
Aw shucks, thank you. It has been a great bag. Kinda makes me want it in different colors, like some of you lucky people have!

03-17-2012, 04:36 PM
I think we all know, imitation is the best form of flattery. Your bag looks amazing! Being a crafter, wannabe fiber artist and otherwise, I understand how hard this undertaking would have been, especially with no pattern! And you are right, having gone through this exercise does give appreciation for just what goes into the bag design, selection of materials and hand craftedness of the TB lineup.

03-19-2012, 03:18 PM
Wow, what a wonderful project!!! Thanks for sharing your pictures!