The bag is almost finished!

I have taken the time to sew quite often these past few days, and now the bag actually looks like a bag,ย  but is not yet totally finished – I still need to add buttons and their holes!

But to get this far I had to do a lot of pinning, basting and sewing – and along the way I made a few mistakes, because let’s face it: I am still learning how to sew. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last time I blogged about the bag project I had only cut the fabric and hadn’t done any sewing. That was just step 1 out of 12 – now I will tell you how I made my way through step 2 to 11.

I stay-stitched across the top of the felt bag pieces and flap and the ends of the straps. I had never heard about stay-stitching before so this was a new thing learned. Then I top-stitched a fancy line pattern to the front piece of the bag.

After turning flap right side out, I pressed the seams flat and top-stitched around the edge approx. 6 mm in.

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The pattern has a fancy line pattern that you top-stitch across the front.

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Next the felt bag pieces was sewn together. As always first pin and baste…

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The book tells you to sew the seam twice for strength. This is another sewing tip learned. Then remember to notch the rounded corners after sewing.

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Next turn right sides out and press seamed edges flat. Tadaa.. so far so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then I repeated the steps for the outer felt fabric with the lining fabric.

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The twist is to remember to leave an opening at the bottom so you later can turn it right side out after sewing it together with the outer layer. I did remember to leave an opening, but I forgot to notch the corners. Luckily I remembered at a later stage, so no actual fault was made here.

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Then it was time for the flap. First I ironed on the interfacing to the lining. This was my first time ever ironing on interfacing, so I learned to do something new again!

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More pinning and basting…

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And voila! The flap is sewn together. Here I learned how to do layering: trimming the seam allowance to reduce bulk.

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The I moved on to do the straps…. and I began making mistakes. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Can you see what I did wrong here:

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I didn’t put the right sides together. I actually pinned and basted both straps before noticing. Luckily I hadn’t begun to machine sew before I could correct my mistake.

Here is what it should have looked like:

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Then the book tells you to sew down both edges and then to also sew across one end before turning the straps right-side out.

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And then I made my second mistake! I didn’t read the instructions carefully enough, because if I had, I would have unpicked the end stitching, but to make matters even worse I begun to slip-stitch the other end, and managed to to this very nicely to both straps before realising the error I had made. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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The lesson I learned here was that you only sew the end of the strap to make it easier to turn right-side out. It is just to aid you, so remember to unpick the stitches afterwards, otherwise you will have too much and unnecessary bulk at your seams.

I unpicked both ends of both straps and continued on with step 9 which is to attach straps and flap to the outer layer of the bag. As always: pin, baste and sew.

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Step 10 is to attach the lining. It was here that I noticed that I had forgot to notch the lining around the corners, but better late than never.

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You sew the seam twice for strength and then layer the seam allowance.

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Now the bag actually began to look like a bag, because now I turned the bag right-side out through the gap left in the bottom of the lining.

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And then I got to slip-stitch the gap shut. I really do like to slip-stitch; it feels like I am performing magic each time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And this how far I am with the bag project now. But…. I have just noticed one more mistake! And again it has to do with the straps. I forgot to top-stitch down the edges after turning them right-side out. And now they are already sewn on the bag with lining and all, so I will see if it is possible to do as an afterthought. otherwise I will have to leave it as it is, and none but me and the few that read my blog will be the wiser. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Next and last step to this project is buttons. I have never done buttonholes before, so wish me luck!

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