Sling bag Harlock style

Yeah I’m in my revival geek – happy goth phase. Hence this simple bag to carry across the chest with an appliqué of Harlock’s symbol : the skull.

Harlock is called “Albator” in French and is a cartoon/manga hero from my childhood.

Ah … Albator, the space pirate, the love of my life when I was 12… * gets her ocarina out* … * Puts her ocarina back in her pocket at the view of menacing stares *


This is a self-draft pattern for a sling bag.

The tutorial is already available in French, on my French blog : Couture facile : Sac bandoulière

This bag is quite simple to make. My version is lined with a small pocket on the inside but I also indicate in the tutorial how to sew a version without lining, for those who want a bag ultra quick and easy to make with only 3 pieces to sew together.



The main fabric gray linen.

The appliqué was made with a scrap of  “cool cords skulls slipper”  by Robert Kauffman. It is a fine cord that I used for an A-line dress for Petite Chérie. A little mise-en-abîme since the skull appliqué is made in a skull print fabric.

It was my first appliqué… Despite some mishaps I managed it. I just found it a bit long, I must say that it is altogether my fault, I did not choose the most simple shape.

The lining is pale pink cotton.

The inside pocket is gray linen with a small patch of “cool cords skulls slipper” sewn on it.



Sling bag



shoulder strap detail

strap detail

shoulder strap