From here on out you'll notice that some photos are of the hexi design and others are of the blue bag. I've tried to choose the best photos I have.
Make the Handles
I'm most comfortable with 24" handles, and the measurements shown here are those I used. Make your handles a length that suits you. You might measure the length of the handles on your favorite purse to determine the length you like best. You may want them longer or shorter than mine. The width measurements will likely remain the same as above, but cut the length 1" longer than you would like the finished handles to be.
1. Starch and press the handle fabric. Fold one edge over 1/4" and press a sharp crease.
2. Lay the batting on the fabric. Fold the segment with the crease over the top of the batting. It should come almost, but not quite, to the other edge. Press a crease.
4. Top stitch about 1/4" in from both edges. Sew the overlapping edge down first, making sure that you are catching all layers of fabric. Stitch the other side to match.
Set the handles aside..
Assemble the Bag
Note: All seams use 1/2" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
2. Sew the back piece to the side panels. Press seams open.
Sew the bottom of the bag in place.
Be careful that you don't make the mistake I made on the hexi bag. When the bottom was completely sewn in place I turned the bag right side out and discovered that I'd sewn the bottom piece to the top of the bag. Gotta love that seam ripper.
3. Mark a dot 1/2" inch in from both sides on each corner of the bottom of the bag.
5. Sew the other long end of the bottom to the back of the bag in the same way.
6. Sew the short ends of the bag to the side sections. You will have to tug the corners straight and pin in place, then stitch from one dot to the next just like you did on the long sides.
|Stitched all the way around.|
|Before pressing After pressing|
9. Start with the front of the bag. Align the outside edge of the handle with the seam of the pocket and the front side panels.
10. Pin the front handle in place.
Check to make sure that the handle is not twisted. I like to turn the side with the folded edge face up.That will place it on the underside of the handle.
11. To position the back handle, align the seams of the sides and pinch the front and back of the bag together. Place the back handle exactly in line with the front handle and pin.
That's it for today.
|My big Ott light hold the handles up for a photo. A light with many uses. lol|
I hope your bag is coming along beautifully.
The next session will be short. I'll prepare the recessed zipper for installing, but then it will have to wait for the lining.