Posted September 8th, 2012 in What's New
Have you been waiting on me? I’m sorry, my internet went down and the only thing I had was my Ipad. What did we do before we had this Internet thing? It’s sad that we really do rely on it now don’t we? It’s quick, when it works.
So are you ready? Here goes:
Now you need to sew all around your bag body. Sew three sides leaving the top open. I sew mine 1/4 inch. Next you’ll need to “box” your corners. You pinch the corner of your bags and lay it flat like this. The seam will be on top. Then you’ll know you’ve got it right. Mark 2 inches on that. And sew.
After you sew, cut that off.
I think we are ready to work on our lining now. Let’s cut a lining. It’s going to be cut the exact same size as the front and back of your bag. You will need TWO. One for the front and one for the back. And also while your cutting cut the exact same thing out of heavy weight interfusing. I use heavy weight for this because I want stability on this lining. The batting gives us that on the bag front. The lining will only make it more stable and not so limp. I don’t like a limp bag. That is not a good thing. :) We want out bag to stand tall!!! So go heavy with the interfacing, or go home!!!
Remember iron interfacing to WRONG sized of lining fabric. Front and back. That is my ironing board cover you see peeking through the lining. It’s not fabric.
Next mark a spot at the bottom of your lining, front or back, doesn’t matter, mark it about 4 or 5 inches. This will be for turning our bag right side out once we sew. You can barely see my mark at the bottom but it’s there.
Now put your front and back lining together RIGHT sides facing each other. Sew all the way around your bags three sides. But……..remember to leave that space open at the bottom. And leave the top open. If you sew the lining closed at the top your bag will be useless. Just sayin!!! lolol
Next we will box our corners. Just like we did for the bag front. Pinch your corners and then lay it flat. Mark 2 inches across and sew on that line.
Then cut it off. Yes that is my bag because I forgot to snap a pic of the lining when I cut it off.
So let’s do handles. We need two. Cut your orange fabric 4 inches wide. That’s what I cut mine. And it works because of the belting we are using inside for stability. No wimpy limp handles on this bag either. Everything will be standing tall.
As you an see above I folded one side of my handle over about a 1/4″. Then fold the other one over about and inch.
Now we want to slip that piece of belting I gave you in your kits right inside there. Well half of it. The other half goes inside the other handle. Can you see it in there? But it right up against the one side.
Now your going to fold it one more time. This is what mine measured when I was done. It may end up smaller or bigger for you. But just make sure that your belting inside is snug and not much room to move around in there.
Ok do it again, we need two.
Let’s sew them down so nothing moves around. I sew close to the edge on both sides. You can go across the bottom too. Or not, it’s up to you. That will be covered up.
This is what you should have now. Only yours is not with the orange button nor that lining. This was the small bag I did second. But you get the idea. And yours should have rick rack on both sides if you got the kit.
Let’s sew those handles to our bag front and back. Make sure you measure both sides and they are equally spaced apart. I did mine about 2 1/2″. You might want your handles closer together or further apart. Remember, you can do this bag so many different ways. Now sew across the top of your handles. Do this on your bag front and your bag back.
This is what everyone should have now. A lining and a bag . Notice how everything is standing tall? Yeaaaaa baby!!!
Slip that bag inside your lining. Make sure your handles are lying flat in there and not all tangled up. Pin all around the top. The bag in the back is actually the one we are “making” Only this is my smaller version we are looking at. Now sew all around your bag. Remember that lining is open at the bottom so don’t worry. We can still turn it right side out.
Ok, going to a new post for the last steps. I’m outta room here. See you on the other side.