The Big City Bags Sew-a-long. A bag a month for 12 months.
|It is not too late to join us!|
Hmmmm….after Bag #1 it seems possible!
Albeit, not many bags have been sewn around here; I just don’t “feel” like a person that sews bags. What does that mean? I’m not even sure myself.
I can easily list the bags sewn in the last couple of years. It is a short list. A few easy totes, a bucket type bag a while back and recently, a test bag pattern for Deby at SSE and the Colette Cooper Bag. I wasn’t really sure how this bag making endeavor would go. However, motivated by the design of the first bag which I have adored since last January, I plunged in. My goals were to get some general experience making bags, learn how to sew bag details, the use of different weights of interfacing, work with purse hardware and to end up with some nice gifts for some sweet people in my life. After the first bag of 12, it seems pretty likely it can be done! All 12 I mean.
|Very pleased with the end result!|
A list of the good:
This bag sewed up easily and quickly once all the prep work was done.
|I made a mistake and ended up with two layers of stiff stuff. |
A layer of soft and stable AND a layer of fusible fleece.
The bag design had some sweet details that were simple but really added to the finished product such as the accent trim and the bit of piping between the main and accent panels.
|Love the shape of the bag and sweet touches |
such as the accent panels and clippy dodads!
I really LOVE it when metal clippy things and D rings and the such are added to a bag. Instant glam.
The interior of this bag is large. Love that. As soon as my daughter saw the finished product she listed all the reasons why she needed the bag for herself. J
A list of the bad:
|I make copies of the supply list and check them as I get them done.|
|There is a LOT of prep work. It takes a loooooooong time to cut all the pieces.|
At least it takes me a long time. Confession: I find the cutting part of bag making to be very tedious. Is it just me? I really have to break out the “get ‘er done” attitude to get it finished.
I think I may have done something wrong because the lining part did not compute. Mine just sorta hangs there. I actually plan on tacking it in the corners after this post. It is too floppy. The next time I make this bag I will be adding ½ inch seams to the pieces and using French seams to finish. I also am going to layer and cut my lining and main fabric pieces all at the same time.
I ended up with extra bag and interfaced pieces. Wonder where they went? Haven’t a clue.
Some of the directions seemed to be lacking in details and I think I found a couple of omissions or mistakes but, again, this is probably just me. I found myself ignoring the directions a few times in order to get something done.
All in all, the bag was a success and I am quite happy with the end results! Thanks Angela for hosting this SAL! I am looking forward to the February bag.