Hey everyone! Thanks for joining us again for our last part of our Multitasker sewalong. We are in the homestretch and our bags are almost finished!
Last week we left off with Step 15, where we finished the “box corner” of our bags. We now have our interior and exteriors all prepared and sewn, and the next step is to sew them together. We will make sure our exterior is right side out, with our corners pushed out nicely, and we will insert it inside of the lining which is inside out. We will now make sure our edges are matched up and we can pin our pieces together. I found that if there were any parts that weren’t lined up perfectly, I’d just make sure my front center panels were lined up and that extra slack in my fabric would be made up on my pocket panels – because our pocket panels will be rouched when our bag is finished and the straps are in place!!
In the picture above you can see our next step. We will take our two Floor Insert interfacing pieces and sew them together. I opted to get the single sided Pellon Peltex utlra firm instead of the double sided, so in this step I made sure I sewed the fusible sides out, so both sides are fusible and it acted like the double fusible!
This next step can feel like a little juggling act, we need to place our floor insert into the wrong side of our exterior piece. Make sure it is in nice and snug and if you need to, feel free to use any pins you need (just make sure you pin only to the exterior and not the lining!)
We will now maneuver the bag so the lining is inside, the exterior is out, and the floor insert is inbetween. We’ll do this by flipping our bag right side out through the opening of the lining. Once we’ve done this we will stitch up our hole in our lining, and set our floor lining in by ironing/fusing it to both our lining and exterior.
Now that our lining is secured, we will topstitch the exterior and lining together from pocket to pocket, sewing only our center panels and not our pockets! Once we’ve done that we will fold down the tops of our pocket panels to create the pocketing for our straps. The diagram picture in Step 24, was a little funny to me, the V-shaped line of one of the creases didn’t really seem to make any sense, so I did what was written and what did make sense, and just fold down the tops, as you can see below. And then I pinned.
STRAP TIME, WE ARE AT THE FINISHING LINEEEEE!!
Okay folks, we are almost finished. We now will take our strap pieces and sew them together, wrong sides facing eachother. Once we’ve sewn up both straps, we will flip them inside out! If you have a Loop Turner then this part will be very easy – I did not have a loop turner, and this step took me a few minutes of struggle!! Once I flipped the straps right sides out, I then ironed and topstitched them.
Now that our straps are finished we are going to secure them to our bag. We will be sewing the strap ends to the center of the underside of our pressed pocket panel tab.
This part confused me!!! I didn’t read the directions right and I sewed both the ends of the same strap to the bag, instead of sewing one end from each strap down! This was a funny seamripper alert!!
Once we have sewn down the straps to the bag, we will now fold the pocket panel tab down over our straps and topstich this down. And we will do this to both sides, and our straps will be fixed into our bag.
In this step, I realized my straps seemed to bit just a tad bit wider than what I had given myself room to sew down. So as you can see in the picture above, I had to just fold the actual strap pieces down a little to give enough room to sew down the pocket panel tab nicely.
Now that we have done this….. WE ARE FINISHED OUR ANNA MARIA HORNER MULTITASKER TOTE!!!! YAYY!!!
We are so happy that we could do this Sew Along together, and we hope that it was helpful and everyone had a great time sewing this bag. We look foreward to seeing the images you submit to us! And stay tuned to see who the LUCKY WINNER will be. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family to vote for your tote!
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