Was missing sewing costumes, youngest being 20, and saw this remnant at Joann's and knew I had to do something with it. I used pattern M 3136. I think it came out cute. I was able to find a home for it pretty quickly. Hopefully it will be filled with special treasures that need to be carried around!
October is known for pumpkins, costumes and trick-or-treating. But it is also a time to reflect on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are few among us who are fortunate enough not to have been touched by this cancer, either personally, or knowing someone who has been diagnosed. Early detection and action is key to helping win the Battle. Take time this month to give support and prayer for all those who have fought the Battle, are in the trenches now and for those who are just starting their Fight. and lovingly remember those that are no longer with us.
(Crossbody purse based on "2 Zip Hipster" found http://www.dogundermydesk.com/store/patterns/two-zip-hipster-pdf-pattern/
I had wanted to finish my purse before Mom and Dad left. Almost got it done. Don't look too closely, the lining is still at the sewing machine waiting to be put in. Dad wouldn't wait. How could he understand? Oh well, I got the picture, and finished it by that evening. When they get back in May, we'll have fun shopping with our matching purses (let's just hope no one thinks we're off our rockers).
Shown here is the outer shell and the lining (on the right). I still need to add the recessed zipper unit and the top trim.
I cut 2" X 12" in the outer fabric. I added 1" of the contrast to each end, sewn with a 1/4" seam. Turn over about a 1/4" at each end.. Sew2 of these, RST on either side of the zipper.Turn out and press. Top stitch along the zipper and the ends (giving you finish ends). Again you might have to adjust the measurements. You wnat the finished facing to measure about 12" long on 16" zipper. I use zipper by the yard. #5. Make tabs to cover the ends and sew them on being careful going over the coils.
Using a 1/2" Sew the front and back top lining trim to the 2" side gusset pieces that you had cut off earlier. Press out the seams
Open the zipper and pin it face up to the top of the lining. then layer RST the top trim unit with the lining unit, matching seams and centers. Sew it together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn the top trim up and press seams.
Using a 4"X 4" square make a tab for the side stap rings. Fold in half WST Then fold in the edges into the center leaving 1" wide by 4". Topstitch along the long edges. Loop through the ring. Sew the ends together and onto the ends of the purse (1/4" seam).
With RST sew the lining and outer shell together along the top, leaving 6" opening to turn the bag right side out.
Once turned out, iron the top trim and hand sew the turning hole closed. Decide the length you want your strap to be. I decided to make an adjustable strap. I used a piece of contrast that was about 30" X4". Fold as you did for the stap tabs (in half WST then the edges the center). Topstitch each side. I sewed the one end to the adjustable slider (the middle bar). then, slid it through the one strap ring, fed it through the slide and then down to the other strap ring turning over the end of the strap and sewing it down.
You're finished !!!
Material used:Kaleidoscope Wild by Premier Print (purchased from www.warehousefabrics.com). 7oz cotton duck cloth. The Blue was a duck cloth from Joann's when it was on sale. I did not use any stiffening interfacing since the two layers of duck cloth does have some body to it. I did wash the fabric before starting since it was all cotton. Of course then I had to iron it as well-Sewing is the only time I take my iron out. My husband has to iron his own shirts.
After cutting the main pieces out (wasn't sure if I was going to put the gussets in, so that was part of the evolution), I started on the pockets for the outer bag (piece "B"). I measured down about 1 1/2" from the top of the printed piece to insert my zippered pocket.(see footnote for tutorials for this). Once the zippered pocket is installed, match up the two pocket pieces RST and sew the top (more narrow) edges with a 1/4" seam. Iron the seam open and fold bringing the wrong sides together, right sides are facing out.Top stitch . I only put the zippered pocket in one of the outer pockets. That was on the front of the bag. It is a more shallow pocket, maybe useful for keys or change. My mom had one in her current purse, so I gave her one again
Next I installed the zipper pocket on the main body piece "A". This zippered pocket I made as deep as the bag(The second bag's pocket wasn't as deep). Measure down 1 1/2" and do the same as the other zippered pocket (refer to the tutorials again). I did put a zippered pocket on both the front and the back. i love pockets!
I then attached the assembled pocket pieces "B" to the main body piece "A". I wanted to divide the pocket piece into 3 sections, so I sewed it onto the main body by sewing a line on either side of the installed zippered pocket. You don't want to sew into the body of the zippered pocket. Since my main body zippered pocket was so deep I had to fold it up out of the way, even pinned it up so as not to catch it. Repeat for the back main body and pocket unit pieces..
Now sew the top trim (Piece "C") to each main body (Piece "A") RST 1/4" seam , press the seams open.
Oringinally, I sewed the front and back RST and boxed the bottom 2 ", but didn't like that so, the seam ripper made an appearance and I decided to install the gussets.
I used 1/2" seams for sewing the gussets and attaching the front and back.
Sew the side Gussets RST to the Bottom Gusset matching the 4" ends. Press the seams open.
Pin the sewn gusset unit to the front of the bag RST matching the bottom corners. The side gusset might be a little higher (1/2" ish) than the main body because of the seam of the trim. you can just cut off the extra. I also use the quilting clips or binder clips instead of pins doing this part. After you pin and make sure it lines up on the corners and ends, slowly and carefully sew (1/2" seam allowance) around the to attach. You;ll be sewing through several layers so take it slowly. A walking foot might be helpful. Do the same for attaching the back to the gusset. When you're done you will have the basic shell of the purse.
The construction of the lining is basically the same. First do the pocket pieces "B" ( I did not put any zippers in these, instead I put credit card sized slip pockets on them. Add zippered pockets to the main body pieces "A" . Sew pocket pieces onto the lining main body pieces "A". you do not put the top trim pieces on at this time. After cutting off the top 2" of the lining side gusset pieces--they should be 10" high matching the main body piece , sew the lining side gusset pieces to the lining bottom gusset matching up the 4" sides (same as the outer shell). Again, pin or clip the gusset unit to the lining front matching up the corners and tops (it should match up this time) Sew slowly and carefully with a 1/2" seam.Corners will be difficult. Attach the lining back to the lining gussets again taking it slow.
Almost done !!!
Next post will be putting the outer shell together with the lining and the recessed zipper.
Happy Sewing !
*You can do a search for a tutorial on zippered pockets. here is one http://www.vanillajoy.com/easy-zippered-pocket-tutorial.html or this one http://www.sewmamasew.com/2007/07/tutorial-zippered-and-slip-pocket-tutorial/ Also there are youtube ones such as this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X_CyR7dgwc. There are so many out there.After you do this a few times it becomes much easier.
Blessed with being an at home mom of 4 for the past 24 years. I'm starting a new chapter of life as a part-time empty nester as the youngest is off to college. Spending more time creating and sewing.