Step 2- Lift flap and lay washer where other snap will go. Mark cutting lines in washer. Cut through both layers of front pocket.
Step 4- Snap is DONE!!! Whew-Hew!!
Step 5- Pinning Straps onto bag. On the front of your bag, measure 1 and 1/2″ from edges of front pocket. Pin the strap in place. If you didn’t use D-rings pin the end of the strap to the bag.
Don’t get confused here. You are pinning opposite ends of the same strap to the sides of front pocket.
(in the picture below it looks like I pinned them different distances….it’s a trick. They are both 1 and 1/2″ from pocket edge) Step 6- Flip your bag over to the back side. Center your snap flap with the snap facing up, and pin into place.
Step 8-***Optional*** Stitch around the top of your bag, at 1/2″, to hold everything in place. Then you can take out all of the pins.
Step 9- Lining the bag. Put your the outside of your bag (right side out) into your lining (right side in).
Step 10- Make sure that your inside pocket is in the back, and the blank lining piece is in the front.
Step 11- leave an opening, about 6″, on one of the ends of the bag. Then stitch around the top of the bags at 1/2″. leaving the opening open.
***Tips for sewing through layers:
When you come to a thick part go very slowly. If it is VERY thick, then sew right to the edge of the thickness, lift your presser foot and take one or two stitches rotating the wheel by hand. Lower your foot, and sew very slowly. I usually break at least 1 needle because I’m not paying attention, and I go too fast.
(My pictures might get confusing here because I lined the outside of this bag with fusible fleece. )
Step 12- Birth your bag. Pull your bag, and lining out through the hole that you left.
Step 13- Tuck the bag lining into the bag. Keep working it around until it looks like a bag above the!
Step 14- Iron the heck out of the bag!! Roll the lining of the bag up about 1/4″ above the seam, and press it. (see pic below) You will be able to see the lining peaking above the top of the bag.
Step 15- Press opening edges so that they match up with the top edge of the bag. Pin it closed.
Step 16- Top stitch around the top of the bag right below seam line. Stitch the opening closed.
say “Hi” to your new
Isn’t she sweet?
She even looks good in snow!!
Now, go stuff her full of all of your sunshine necessities….
ps. don’t forget to post your pics on the Gracie Lou’s Flickr group!!
Step 2-Press curve really well. Make sure that your whole front piece lies flat.
Step 3– Topstitch curves ta 1/8″ and 1/4″.
Step 4- Take your Lining “B” piece and lay it face up. Place your completed “Front Pocket” piece on top of it.
Step 5– lay remaining bag body piece “B”, face down, on top of this. PIN everything in place.Step 6- Stitch sides and bottom at 1/2″.
Step 7– Cut corners away 3 and 1/2 inch from edges.
Repeating the same steps you took with the lining. (steps 7-10)
Step 8- Get ready to make your square bottom by matching seam allowances. before you do this make sure that when you open the corner to match the seam allowance, that you have opened it between the 2 outside fabrics (not the lining fabric).
Step 9- Sew across corner at 1/2″. Press all seams flat against the bag.
Step 10- get your completed bag lining and press side seams flat against the bag. If you feel adventurous, topstitch the seam to the bag. It is a littls tricky…….but it makes the seam allowance lay so much flatter!
That is all for today! Tomorrow we will be putting the whole bag together!!
This has been so much fun for me. I really appreciate you all for playing along! Big Hug!!
**Step 1– Lay 4″ x 12″ (d-ring strap) piece, wrong side up, on your ironing board. Fold long edges over 1/2″ and press them in place.
**Step 6– Sew across the strips as close to the D-ring as your presser foot will let you.
**Step 7- put your d-rings aside for now.
Step 8– Line up you Strap pieces with an accent piece in the middle. Sew them together with 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams flat.
Step 9– Take straps to the ironing board. Lay them interfacing side up. Fold long edges in 1/2″, and press.
Step 10– Fold entire strap in half, matching folded edges, and press.
Step 12– Zig-Zag ends of straps to finish the edges. Trim all stray threads.
Step 5- Put the snap inside the flap, and thread the posts through the slits.
Step 2- Fold top edge over one more fold, and press.
Step 3- Take one of your Lining “A” pieces and lay it right side up. Place your pocket on the lining, about four inches from the top edge. You can either center it with the ruler, or eyeball it. Pin the pocket in place.
Step 4– Stitch the pocket in place. I topstitch, at 1/8″ and 1/4″, around all 3 edges. Make sure to back track a couple of times at the top to secure the pocket.
Step 5- OPTIONAL- I divided the big pocket into to smaller pockets by sewing a seam down the center.
Yeah!! Pockets on!! Isn’t it cute?? Of course it is.
***If you want to add more pockets to the inside of your purse now is the time to do it, before you go to step 6.
Step 6- Stack your other Interfaced lining piece “A” on top of your pocketed piece with the right sides of the fabric together. Sew sides and bottom with 1/2″ seam allowance.
****Before you sew make sure that the opening of you pocket is facing the top of your lining.***(Yes! I have had MANY upside down pockets because I didn’t check.)
Step 7- Place your sewn lining on your cutting board. We are going to cut the bottom corners out.
Measure up 3 and 1/2″ and over 3 and 1/2″ from the edge. Mark this angle with a pencil. Do this to both bottom corners.
Step 8– Cut on the lines, and remove the corner pieces.
Step 9- Open the corners and fold them so that the seam allowances meet. I know that this may not make sence…..so hopefully the picture will clear it up.
Step 10– Pin in place. It helps if you fold the seam allowances in opposite directions. Sew across opening with 1/2″ seam allowance.
Now do it again with the other corner, and you are done for today!
Are We Having Fun Yet??