A quick finish to report for my Q2 Finishes
On the Windy Side.
Here's my pile of fabric. This was a learning project,
too, because the Kate Spain fabric on the bottom is
a laminated cotton. I had never sewn with it, and
when I got a little less than a yard of it on clearance,
it was a chance to try without a big investment.
Bag construction is pretty basic to most, but a
few people have recently asked how to box out
the bottom. I'll show you how to to get an even
box, which doesn't always happen when
I just eyeball it.
Once the sides are sewn, mark the same
distance to the top and side of a lower corner.
Here I've used 3" each way.
Turn the bag so the side and bottom seam are
on top of each other. If you haven't sewn a bottom
seam, which I prefer, use your ruler to square it up
like shown. You align the side seam with a vertical
mark on your ruler, and match the dots on each
side of the bottom. Pin, and draw your line.
It should look like this. If I was doing a small bag,
I would cut this excess off because it would just
add bulk. I tend to keep it on a large bag, and
just fold it under to the bottom. It adds stability
to the corner, and an additional layer should
the bag start to wear through.
Next I made the liner for the bag with the same
construction process. I used the same
measurements for width exactly, but added about
4" for a fold over band. The width got me into a
pickle, and I'll show you why in a bit. I've found if
I cut my liner width about 1/2" smaller, it fits better
at the end. Think of nesting bowls.
Here is where I started to learn my lesson about
laminated fabrics. They are not smooth like
regular cotton. It wasn't as much of a problem
catching on the machine surface or presser foot
I could see, but was very apparent in the stitching
in the handle below.
I saw no other way around my handle problem,
so I used a little more contrast fabric to cover
my laminated fabric. The laminate added weight
inside instead of strapping, and I could sew it all together.
This handle had to be ripped out, and notice the
fabric didn't 'recover'. The stitching holes were
still visible even after I misted the fabric, and
lightly pressed from the WRONG side. Do
not iron laminated fabric from the right side!
It will ruin your fabric and your iron.
The next dilemma was how to sew the handles
onto the bag with the laminate on the bottom. I grabbed
a scrap, and positioned it under the laminate so things
would slide on the bottom as I sewed at the top.
Here's the view from the top side. At this point, the
lining was still free of the bag. I wanted the handle
seams hidden on the inside so it looked polished.
First stitching, sew with the handles facing down
toward the inside of the bag. (The white is the liner.)
Fold the handles up covering the raw seam,
and stitch all around for security.
This is what I had so far. The lining was pinned
at the side, and sewn down at the patches only.
I was excited to be so nearly finished. My daughter
stopped in for a look, and asked if this bag was
staying with us. Please? I knew it was a hit then.
I brought the excess liner over the top to cover
my orange patches, and did a quick pin around.
It puckered. A lot! I repinned. It still puckered.
So, I did a quick fix by taking in my liner seams by
about 1/4" on each side, and not too far down.
That was all it needed. I pinned the liner in place where
I knew the pin holes would notshow on the finished
piece, and sewed. Then I went back and sewed the
handlesall the way to the top edge, and finished
with an edge stitch around the top.
This is a bit of a less structured bag without interfacing,
but the laminate would not have withstood the heat to
bond, and I'm not a lover of sewn-in interfacing. It's
proven to be a workhorse so far while loaded.
One thing I've been toting around is a new book called
Little Quilts. Lisa in Port Hope posted her sweet mini
from it on the Pet Project Show a few weeks ago, and I
had to hunt it down. So many neat ideas here!
Trying new things is fun for me. I'm not afraid of
change, but sometimes it takes getting used to. There's
a new look to the blog, as I'm sure you've noticed. I'll
give a little tutorial on some of the features the next
time we talk. For today, notice these fancy-shmancy
buttons below. This is where you can find all the ways
to follow Pink Doxies in one hexie-spot. If you don't
know what they all are, just click. They don't bite
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
Linking up with~
Q2 Finishes on the Windy Side
Sew Fresh Quilts