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Get Ready! Get Set! Let’s sew!! Let’s get this sew along started!

First, we’ll start with a little inspiration to get the ball rolling for you if you haven’t chosen your fabrics yet. Don’t forget you can get a 10% discount on all your supplies if you sign up for the sew along. Submit your photos by March 29th to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to Hart’s Fabric!

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We are doing things a little differently for this sew-along! We are going to walk you through this pattern using detailed pictures and re-worded instructions so if you come across a difficult part of the pattern, hopefully our supplemented instructions will get you through it. If you have any questions or get stuck on any part of the bag, feel free to leave a comment here or ask us in tje store for help!

Now let get started with this bag!

In case it helps, here’s a photo of how I layed out my fabric and pattern. For the lining I re-traced the pattern on folded paper so I could open it up all the way. I always recomend using a rotary cutter and board for cutting projects out. It allows you to use less pins amd cut out much faster. Bags are the perfect project because the fabric fits well on a matt.

Pattern-Layout

 

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The first step in the construction process is to sew the lining. The two seams are the center front seams, not sides seams as usual. First sew one of the center seams (doesn’t matter which one as pictured above left.)

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Next, prepare the inner pocket. Using half-inch seam allowance fold under the four courners and top-stitch. Then attatch the extra little tab (I feel this is optional). I re-inforced this tab by sewing over it a few times.

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 Pin the pocket in place on your bag and stitch it down. As you can see in the picture the end result has three lines of stitching along three edges and one line accross the top. I wanted to make my phone fit well in the inner pocket so I used it to mark the sew line. Using a square edge I drew a line with chalk and then top stitched the pocket.

Once you are done with your pocket, sew the bottom seam.

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Fold the bottom of the bag so the seams line up. This allows you to accurately sew the corners. Then use a straight edge to mark where you will sew.

 

That’s it for the lining for now! Any questions so far? Let us know and keep an eye out for next weeks post where we will assemble the majority of the outside.