Companion Carpet Bag Sew-Along Day 108:00
A big hello from Reece at Happy Okapi! I'm so excited Samantha has asked me over for this Sew-Along. If you've joined me in a Sew-Along before, you're probably familiar with my organization style, but I'll lay it anyway for everyone.
- Day 1 (that's today!) I like to do all the prep work, including fabric selection, gathering of supplies, cutting, and fusing/basting.
- Day 2 Here is where I prefer to get all the fussy work out of the way, like pockets, piping, and zippers if possible.
- Day 3 Final assembly!! We take all our pieces and put them together to make our gorgeous bags!! (The extra exclamation marks are because this is my favourite part, and I get soooo excited about it)
|Handles I made myself (the long, tan-coloured ones) and a pair from a thrift store bag (the shorter blue ones).|
First, you'll need the pattern! If you still need the pattern, head over here to get it, and don't forget to use code CCBAGSAL to save 10%. I only print the pattern pieces and refer to the pattern on my tablet, but do what works for you. For the rectangle pieces, I prefer a rotary cutter and quilting ruler for fast, accurate cuts. Tip: Print 2 each of the pattern pieces (or trace them onto scrap paper) and tape them together instead of cutting on the fold. I find this method allows me to visualize the whole piece I'm about to cut, better than folding. I also find my cuts tend to more accurate this way.
Cutting and Fusing
You may wish to make yourself a cutting chart if you are using multiple fabrics. Here's mine as an example. Then you can just check off or highlight once you've cut them.I like to match up my pocket to the print in the main outer panel. I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but here's mine: I first cut out the main panel, then I place the cut piece over another spot in my fabric where the images match up. Then I trace the bottom of the panel piece, move it out of the way and fit my pocket pattern piece in its place, matching up the bottom from the outline I just marked, then finally, I continue marking around the pattern piece to complete the piece. I hope this picture helps! Note: I've marked the wrong side of my fabric, but since this bag pattern is symmetrical from side to side, it doesn't matter which side you do it from.
Not too shabby, eh?
If you're not keen on matching them up, that's ok too!
For fusing, just follow manufacturers suggestions. If you're using a foam stabilizer, you may wish to quilt your woven to it, in which case, should probably be done before cutting out the pattern pieces. You could also just baste (long stitch-length) along the outer edges of the pieces within the seam allowance.
After the fusing and basting, we're done! Gather up your interfaced and stabilized pieces, along with the hardware and notions, and I'll see you here next week!
Be sure to check my blog for how to make your own vinyl handles, and a quick tutorial on making your own piping.