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Aly's Field Belt from Merchant & Mills

Field Belt Merchant & Mills

Mannequin wearing a grey waxed canvas bag around the waist.  Mannequin is in front of a brick wall painted sky blue with white and dark navy clouds.

Pattern: Field Belt, Merchant and Mills
Materials: 1 waxed canvas fat quarter, ½ yard canvas, Field belt hardware kit

Slate waxed canvas bag with dark leather sitting upright agains a white background.

Merchant and Mills field belt was a delightful project that was a quick and easy one day project. I had been itching to try my hand at one of the Merchant and Mills bag patterns and this one enticed me because it has minimal supply requirements and is a nice hands free bag. While I wanted a colorful non waxed canvas inside, this could easily be made with 2 waxed canvas fat quarters!

Grey waxed canvas bag, laying on it's side with a hand opening the bag to show the colorful multi colored inside, maroon, pink, with bright pops of orange.  The bag is photographed against a white background.

In this pattern, following the markings precisely is very key! The instructions were easy to understand and to the point. On a warm, sunny day I used my back porch, a block of wood, and hammer to get all the riveting done. It was also really handy to have a leather hole punch with rotating sizes for the rivets and belt holes. When turning the bag right side out after finishing the lining, it was hard to not cause creases in the waxed canvas. Honestly I prefer a more weathered look to the bag as a whole so I didn’t mind.

Slate canvas bag with dark leather straps, laying flat against a white background.  Waxed canvas bag is laying flat to show the markings on the waxed canvas from making the bag.

This bag can easily fit a phone, keys and a small wallet so it’s perfect for any event that requires hands free fun! I personally can not wait for the Colorado Renaissance Festival this summer where I intend to wear it with my costume!

Comments on this post (3)

  • Nov 16, 2021

    I like the bag a lot but my buckle is really hard to unhook also I think I put my buckle down a little too low I’d love to see a tutorial of this. I’d love to make some for Christmas presents

    — Tracy

  • Mar 02, 2020

    Marla the leather tiger patch was a gift from Jamber (Jaime + Amber) at Christmas this year.

    — Fancy Tiger Crafts

  • Mar 02, 2020

    Great bag! Where did you get the tiger leather patch? Thanks.

    — Marla

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