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Cooper version 3: Assembling the front


If you’re making the satchel version of Cooper, here’s where you start!

Today, we’ll be working on putting together the front of your satchel. The back of the satchel is a little different from the back of the backpack or messenger, so we’ll be sewing that a little later on.


Sew Front Body Pocket


  1. With right sides together, stitch the two front body pocket (H) pieces together, leaving a gap of about 3″ on one of the short sides.


  1. Trim the seam allowance and clip the corners.



  1. Turn right side out and press.


  1. Edgestitch close to the fold along one long edge of front body pocket (H).


  1. Topstitch 1/4″ from the same fold.


  1. Pin front body pocket (H) between the dotted pocket placement lines on front body (A). The topstitched edge should face the top of the bag.

Tip: If you’re sewing with leather or faux leather like we are here, you can use tape in place of pins.


  1. Edgestitch close to the fold along the sides and bottom of the pocket to hold it in place, backstitching at the tip corners of each side to reinforce the pocket.

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  1. Topstitch 1/4″ from the folds along the sides and bottom of the pocket and press.

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Here is what your front show now look like.

Assemble Front Bottom Pocket

Follow the same steps for this section as in the Version 1&2 post.

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You have now constructed the front your your satchel!

The next step for the satchel will be creating the handles on Friday. You can refer back to the Cooper sewalong intro for the full timeline.

The Cooper Sewalong

  1. The Speedy Cooper Sewalong & Contest (20 Comments)
  2. Bag making supplies and resources (46 Comments)
  3. How To Install Magnetic Snaps (5 Comments)
  4. Cooper versions 1 & 2: Assembling the body
  5. Cooper version 3: Assembling the front
  6. How To Create Adjustable Straps
  7. Cooper Version 2: Backpack Straps (5 Comments)
  8. How To Install Jiffy Rivets (2 Comments)
  9. Cooper Version 3: Attaching Satchel Handles
  10. Video: How to square the bottom of your bag (4 Comments)
  11. Finishing the body and flap
  12. Cooper Version 1: Messenger Strap
  13. Lining your Cooper bag (5 Comments)
  14. The Cooper Sewing Contest: Vote For Your Favorites! (30 Comments)
  15. Cooper Sewing Contest: The Winners! (3 Comments)