Monday, 24 June 2013

Finally! A finished bag..

Well, it's finished.. although not finished very well.  As mentioned in my last post I started working on a pattern I bought from Michelle Patterns (formally Keyka Lou Patterns).

The pattern has directions for retangular cut out handles. I used metal eyelet handles. I've had them in my stash and it's about time I used them. I also used a firm paper as a backing to the handles instead of interfacing.

I made a few modifications to the bag.. and I actually didn't follow the assembly instructions at all.  Mostly because of the use of the metal on the handles and the paper backing which I didnt want to turn inside out

I used a white faux leather for the handles. The blue is some sort of home decor or outdoor fabric I got on sale at my local fabric store. I didnt use any interfacing.
I had a few problems putting the bag together.I didn't use the "sew lining to exterior inside out and turn through hole" method since I didn't want the handles to get wrinkled. I'm having a hard time explaining how I did it but in the end I couldn't sew right to the corners of the white handles as it was too thick.  You can see the little gap in the photo below.

The opening of the bag is quite small.. I had a tough time sewing the handles on. Silly me didnt think that I could remove the metal eyelets which would have made the handles more flexible to sew around the opening.  I actually sewed the opening shut trying to finish the bag!  And the white is a faux leather so unfortunately the holes from the unpicked stiches can be seen. 
The pattern call for two pleasts on the bottom sides of the bag.  My fabric was a bit stiff and the pleats looked funny so I omitted those for a single centre pleat on the bottom.
Overall I like the idea of this bag even though I didn't execute it very well.. It's cute but I would change a few things if I were to do it again in order to get a nicer finish..
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  1. I love your bag. On the handles where you say you couldn't sew to the corner because of the thickness, you could punch holes with something sharp all around the handle and do a decorative running stitch. Maybe with thread to match the fabric. It' would hold your handle pieces together better.

  2. This bag is very cute. Maybe you should write a pattern,using your own methods.That would be a wonderful share.

  3. Beautiful! I love the idea of Maria about punching holes and using a decorative stitch to hold the handles together.
    Nisa thank you for sharing your bag with us.
    You did a nice job!
    Marisa from

  4. Despite the problems you had, it's a great little bag!!! Looks like it would make a good evening purse.

    1. Hi Nerissa, I've featured your bag today...


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