Our trendy Metro Bag debuted last fall, just in time for back-to-school. Originally created with “guy-friendly” color and design, our friends at Renaissance Ribbons changed things up a bit to create a more feminine feel. What’s cool is how they stayed within the same fabric and ribbon collection, proving you don’t have to go far to create an original spin.

There are hundreds of Sew4Home articles and projects, and it can easy for some of the older entries to slip from memory. That’s why we love the Re-imagine & Renovate series; it brings forward some of our favorite classic projects for another look.

The Metro Bag uses a heavy-gauge canvas for the exterior and a quilting/fashion cotton for the lining. And, of course, the fine woven Renaissance Ribbons are the ultimate finish.


But where are the ribbons?” you ask. That’s the secret! We created “ribbon fabric,” a technique we’ve shown you in other Renaissance Ribbons projects, such as the Ribbon Fold-Over Wallet and the Ribbon Flap Shoulder Bag. The difference here is how we’ve used just one ⅝” wide ribbon, stacking it to create perfectly matching accents of varying widths: single, triple and quadruple. It’s not only an amazing embellishment, it adds a patina and texture you can only get from a woven ribbon. 

Leave a comment below and let us know which Renaissance Ribbons collection you’d choose to create this bag. Browse by Designer, Style or Best Sellers. You’ll have such fun looking through all the beautiful options. We have a bag o’ ribbons to send to one lucky visitor.

The Renaissance Ribbons R&R team used the following fabric and ribbon combination:

Ribbon: ⅝” Olive Bombay by Parson Gray for Renaissance Ribbons

Exterior: 58″ Canvas Cypress in Fog from the World Tour collection by Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics

Lining: 45″ 100% cotton Wales in Earth from the World Tour collection by Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own shoulder bag, go to the original tutorial:

Metro Bag with Renaissance Ribbons

The new bag was made following the exact same construction steps as the original bag. 

Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:

How to Mix & Match Designer Fabric Collections

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Making the Right Fabric Choice

How to enter to win a sample bag of Renaissance Ribbons


1) Leave a qualifying comment that meets the criteria of the giveaway. See the full description below under the heading “Qualifying Comments.” 

2) Tell us how to contact you should you win. While you can leave your email address with your comment, we highly recommend you register with us and login (top of the page) before you comment; your email address is then hidden from view. You are also free to simply make a comment and choose not to be entered.

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Qualifying Comments: 

Visit Renaissance Ribbons and browse through their beautiful selection. Then, click back to S4H and leave a brief comment on this article. Tell us which ribbon(s) you’d choose to create your own R&R version of our Metro Bag.  

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We will draw ONE lucky winner at random from everyone who has posted a qualifying comment on this article as of midnight PT July 11, 2014. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. 

NOTE: This Giveaway is open to our US visitors as well as our International visitors. 

We will contact our random winner by email to coordinate delivery.

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