The Factotum- Merchant & Mills Sewing Pattern


A neat cross body bag, small but copious. Factotum has been designed to hold all your daily essentials. Fully lined, with two front pockets and a zipped closure. You can use leather or webbing for your strap.

Finished measurements length 20cm, width 30cm, depth at widest point 12cm.

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All seam allowances are 1cm unless otherwise stated.

Skill level – intermediate.

Fabric suggestions – oilskin, dry oilskin, mid-heavy weight cotton canvas or drill, mid weight denim (8-14oz). For the lining we would suggest using either our 5oz organic dry oilskin, half panama cotton, or barrier lining. You can see all of these by clicking on the suitable fabrics tab.


You will need:

Matching thread

Leather strap – 2.5cm x 98cm (View 1)

Webbing – 2.5cm x 98cm (view 2)

Rivets – 4 x 9mm

Loops – 2 x 2.5cm

Zip – 1 x 30cm

When inserting the rivets we recommend using a very solid surface like a cement floor so there is no movement.

For the loops we have two options, these or these. The 1″ ones offer a snug fit and the 1.25″ ones allow for a bit more movement, it’s a personal preference.