Welcome to Day 2 of the Matilda Saddle Bag Sewalong (SAL).

Today is going to be a fun day where we get to add piping (optional), add the magnetic snap to our bag and complete the flap.

Just a quick note that arose from yesterday’s cutting day – the fusible fleece for the shoulder strap is recommended to be 4″ Wide in the cutting chart. This would be suited to thinner type cottons like quilting cotton or poplin, for the thickness of cotton duck/canvas you might like to adjust the fleece to be 1″ wide so that your strap isn’t too bulky.¬†

Let’s get started.

  • Follow step 2 in the pattern instructions and add piping to your bag, this is optional.
  • Here is a video I made to help you add piping that you may find helpful.
  • Next we move onto the magnetic snap, if you are adding the tassle which is an extra tutorial that I will share with you on Day 4 of this SAL, please move the magnetic snap placement on the flap up by 3/4″ to allow for the rivet required for the tassle placement.
  • Also do not add the magnetic snap on the body of the bag if you are doing the tassle as the placement will need to be altered to suit the tassle placement (we will add this on Day 4 working through the zipper pocket).
Matilda Saddle Bag

Tassel Option pictured

  • This video has all the details on how I add magnetic snaps to my bags. PLEASE make sure you add the extra interfacing as advised in this video to add longevity to your bag.
  • Follow step 4 and complete the flap panel.
  • Topstitching tips: I love a good top stitch for extra definition of the flap. Make sure you give the flap a good press before you top stitch to help flatten it. Increase the stitch length on your machine for topstitching (I use a stitch length of 3.5mm for fabric topstitching and 4.5mm when I am topstitching leather). If you are keen, you can always try adding more than one row of stitching for definition, use your foot as the guide to give you a neat second row. I use 50W thread usually for top stitching.¬†

Matilda Saddle Bag


Well done on completing Day 2 of the sewalong.

We would love to see pictures of your progress during the sewalong, share your pics on instagram and Facebook and use the #matildasaddlebag and #matildasaddlebagsewalong 

See you tomorrow for Day 3!