Friday, November 6, 2015
My First Sew Together Bag
I recently finished my first Sew Together Bag, and I absolutely love it! I have already put it to use holding my hand sewing tools. I purchased the pattern back in May at the HMQS with my birthday money, so this is like a belated birthday present for myself. ;)
I purposely made it to match my Beatle Bag which pattern I also purchased at the HMQS. I love that one holds my sewing machine tools and the other holds my hand sewing tools.
When I mentioned to Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts that I was going to make a Sew Together Bag, she said to be sure to check out the Sewalong at The Quilt Barn. I am so grateful for her advice, because while the pattern was awesome and clever, I couldn't have done it without the extra pictures and tips shared in the Sewalong.
For the outside of the bag, I used some Soft and Stable as the interfacing. While it added thickness (and I cut my binding a little wider), I absolutely love how well it stands up on its own and how the quilting looks around the large Riley Blake Quatrafoil.
The print almost matches up at the top of the bag, which I think is pretty cool.
You may have noticed in the picture above that I accidentally bought an invisible zipper for the outside of the bag. I do not recommend that at all. It would have been so much easier if I had just made another trip to the store and purchased a different zipper.
On the inside of the bag I used some Riley Blake Swiss Dots and a light Kona gray solid.
I used a slightly stiffer interfacing for the pockets and love how they stand up. Another thing I did was purchase zippers for the pockets a little bit extra long. The extra length made it so that I didn't have to keep moving the zipper itself as I sewed it in. I will definitely do that again.
As soon as I finished the bag, I had to fill it up.
It is pretty awesome, and I will definitely be making more of these bags. I know my mom wants one...
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. Check them out to see what others have been making.