Lastest Craft Miracle:
The Beauty Bag from Bend the Rules Sewing
I attempted making this bag last fall and failed miserably (I blame the crappy fabric I used)! This time was a great crafting feat. I finished it in two hours and with little frustration...truly a rewarding afternoon project.
Things I changed about the pattern (it is from Bend the Rules Sewing)
Handles: changed the length from 22" to 24", created 1.5" wide bias tape handles, rather than sewing a two-toned handle. I also moved the handle position from right over the pleat to just inside the pleat
Interfacing: I used a cotton interfacing on the outside fabric (pleats and all) instead of the recommended flannel lining
And, if I ever make this pattern again, I will definitely remember to add a magnetic snap closure!
Fabric: linen-esque khaki fabric from IKEA, tree print from Japan
Something I still don't understand: I had the hardest time doing the final top stitch because the part where the pleats are folded in together has about 12 layers of fabric (three layers from the front pleat and three layers from the back pleat sewn together to attach the outside and lining and then and folded over for the top stitching to create 12 layers)...how is this supposed to lay flat? I have examined lots of bags in the flickr pool, and none look as bulky as mine. What did I do wrong?
weeHomes - We'd love to build one of these some day on a nice patch of property in the woods with enough sunny space for a large vegetable garden. We can dream, right?!
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