I'm so excited to get started on the Traverse Bag Sew Along! Now that you've chosen your fabric after hours of agonizing...okay, that's just me, maybe you knew exactly what you wanted and were done in minutes. But, anyway, now that you've chosen your fabric it's time to cut.
You'll need your self-healing mat, rotary cutter, and a straight edge. I used the suggested cutting layouts from the pattern and found them quite helpful. If you're using scraps or fat quarters you will probably have to come up with your own layout.
The exterior, lining, and accent fabrics are pretty straightforward to cut out. Just remember, if your rotary cutter is dull or nicked it will drive you crazy, so you might want to get a new blade.
When I cut interfacing for bags I like to cut all of the pieces 1/4" smaller than called for so that the interfacing is slightly smaller than the piece you are fusing it to. So, for the Lining Main (which is 11" x 14"), I cut the fusible woven interfacing 10 3/4" x 13 3/4", as you can see in the photo.
Finally, don't forget to use the labels that Anna has so helpfully included in the pattern! I've been using post-its for years when I make bags, because once you've cut the pieces it's just a pile of nameless rectangles, so when I saw the pre-made labels I was literally jumping!
Thanks for sewing (or cutting!) along, and I'll be back on Thursday with tips for prepping!