The Costermonger is the essential market tote designed as a backpack. Fill it up with wholesome goodies, leaving your hands free to tickle your dog. This is a simple satisfying sew that uses little fabric so ideal for using up some of your stash or making as a present.
Skill level; Beginner
The sample in the picture is made from Yellow Dry Oilskin, which can be found here.
The grey check fabric is called Prince of Wales check which can be found here.
The other grey fabric is Grey Dry Oilskin which can be found here.
Fabric Requirements: (this is an unlined bag)
80 – 98cm wide – 0.95M
98 – 150cm wide 0.70M
You will need:
8 x 9mm rivets or chicago screws
4 x 25mm/1″ metal sliders
2 x 25mm/1″ leather strap 89cm long (if you are buying our leather straps they come about 145cm long so you will need two of these)
If you’d like to use webbing instead you’ll need 1.7m’s (85cm for each strap). Seal the ends with a lighter, turn over 1cm, then 6cm.
Oilskin, Dry Oilskin, Mid-Heavy weight Cotton Canvas or Drill, Mid weight Denim (8-14oz)
* We found the split cowhide leather straps move the smoothest through the sliders
*If you would prefer to use webbing instead of leather you would simply tuck it under the facing and top stitch it on the right side.
All hardware, leather and fabric suggestions can be found by clicking on the ‘suitable fabrics’ tab.
When inserting the rivets we recommend using a very solid surface like a cement floor so there is no movement. You will just need a hammer to set the rivets, but you will need something to make a hole in your leather, we recommend a revolving hole punch.
Finished measurements length 45cm, width 40cm.