I told you guys I worked fast!
I’m not sure I made the best choice with the BRIGHT orange fabric, but I wanted to use my piece of Sew Stitchy for the flap (it’s got little stick pins scattered all over it). I was afraid using too many greys would be bland, but I’m thinking I might add a little hexie embellishment or something between the straps to take away some of the orange-ness.
Some thoughts and tips on making the bag:
- I used a combination of Pellon Fusible Fleece and Pellon Decor Bond heavyweight interfacing instead of the Soft & Stable recommended in the pattern. Since my products were fusible, I didn’t have to baste anything, just fuse it, and I’m happy with the crispness and body in the bag.
- In the pattern there is a call for a 6-3/4 x 10ish” for the false bottom – I didn’t see where this piece was used in the construction of the bag since the false bottom is actually made out of a different size cut.
- When sewing the sides of the bag to the front/back piece, I found it easiest to pre-notch the side pieces where the bottom curve is by 1/4″-3/8″ (it’s a 1/2″ seam), and sew with the tear-drop shaped side pieces on the bottom when stitching.
- When finishing the bag by top-stitching the opening, I had skipped stitches over the part with the flap because of all the layers when using a regular universal needle (it was probably time to change the needle anyway). When I switched to a top-stitching needle with a bigger eye, it worked beautifully.
- I used regular magnetic clasps rather than the sew-in kind. I’d suggest altering the placement a bit from the directions if you’re doing the same since they are a bit bigger than the sew-in ones. For the main flap, I’d raise magnet up 1/2″ on the body of the bag (no change to the magnet on the flap itself). For the padded pocket, I’d lower the magnet on the pocket by 1/2″ (keeping the placement on the interior flap the same).