I finished a lovely bag today (or at least, I think it’s lovely!), and can I get a decent pic of it? I am so used to taking tiny close up pictures of the small stuff I make and sell, that I have totally lost the knack of taking anything just a little bit further away. And the light was a bit rubbish, AND taking pics of anything red is always so tricky… So frustrating to spend a couple of hours trying to get something decent. This is the best I can do:
It’s my first go at the pattern that we’re using for the Mouthy Stitches Totes [Amazeballs] Swap. I thought I would check out the potential for tweaking the pattern, and use up the myriad narrow scraps of Liberty I have from cutting charm squares for Very Berry Fabrics. So I’ve quilted it within an inch of its life, added the patchwork panel, put some piping in the top seam (my first go at piping – it was so fun to do, expect lots of piping on Very Berry makes for a while) and there’s a zip pocket on the inside.
Some tips for my fellow swappers, if you’re reading….
1) Don’t do as the pattern suggests and leave a gap in the top seam for turning – it makes the finishing stitching on the top edge so horrid to do, and it can look a bit clumsy. Leave a turning gap in the side seam of the lining instead and hand stitch it closed when you are finished. It’s so much more discreet, and about 10 times easier.
2) I used posh cotton batting to line the outer and medium weight woven iron-on interfacing to line the inner fabric – this combination makes for a VERY sturdy bag that stands up on its own . I like it because it looks good with the quilting, but for my swap make I will probably use low loft fusible fleece for the outer (unless I get the feeling my partner will like sturdy!). Personally I think you should always interface the lining, it gives a bag structure and means there’s no threat of the lining looking a bit flimsy and getting all creased. Yes I am a bag-nazi.
3) Having learned from a fair bit of experience of bag making, I trimmed the lining pieces so they were about 1/8″ shorter than the outer fabric. It means that the lining sits really nicely inside the bag when you turn it right side out and stops the bottom of the bag getting a bit bunchy (bunchy bottoms to be avoided at all costs….).
ETA: A couple of people have pointed out what I failed to notice – the original pattern is for a reversible bag – so, unless we receive dispensation from our swap mamas you are going to have to ignore point 3. Baggy bottoms it is! It also means that some thought will have to be given to the whole question of lining, so number 2 might be irrelevant too.. But tip number 1 is still very helpful.. 😉
Looking forward to finding out who my partner is!
As promised, the winner of The Sewing Boutique giveaway:
Comment number 64 was left by Deborah – congratulations to her! If you weren’t lucky this time, then don’t despair, I’m hoping to have another giveaway before the end of the month, so watch this space…