Added Aug 14, 2008
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I made this bag using Burda’s ‘Diana 8235A’ pattern. I was not able to get the sewing dirrections, but I did get the pattern printed off, so I just ‘guessed’. (This bag is reversable.)
Both blue fabrics are corduroy and the yellow/blue/white fabric is a ‘home decor’ fabric. I cut out one of each pattern piece from white flannel and used it to make it a ‘stiffer’, ‘firmer’, sturdier bag, by sewing it in like… an interfacing.
… Burda Style for the pattern… I did the sewing… I used fabric from my ‘stash’…
I did not get the instructions on how to make this bag when I printed out the pattern. This is what I did.
Start with the HANDLE… with right sides together, sew down the long length of both edges/sides, then turn right side out (big safety pin is what I use).
I toped stitched (sewed) down both long edges of the handle.
Next, the FLAP… right sides together, sew down the side, botom, and up the other side.
Clip curves, then turn right side out.
(I toped stitched side, bottom, and side.)
You are going to need to make the ‘tucks’ on the next 4 pieces (the front and back of the ‘outside’ of the bag, and the front and back of the ‘inside’ of the bag). Pinch and pin the marks together to make a triangle (sometimes it’s good to pin, then turn and look at the right side of the fabric to see if it looks correct). MAKE SURE that you sew the tucks/pleats starting from the edge of the fabric and sewing towards the point (or it will/may ‘munch’ the point (fabric) down into the bottom of of your machine where the bobin is).
Next, sew down side, bottom, and side of the ‘outside’ of bag (front and back), right sides together.
For the ‘inside’ of the bag, you will sew it like you did for the outside, EXCEPT, be sure to leave an opening in the bottom (maybe around… 5 inches? ‘big’). This will allow for turning the bag ‘right sides out’ after sewing all the pieces together.
Okay, all your pieces are ‘ready’ now. You are going to want to check, and double check… and maybe even check again… to MAKE SURE that the correct flap side goes with the correct side of the bag.
Have your ‘outside’ front-and-back piece wrong side out. Then, pin your handle ends to the right side of the bag (making sure to not have a twist in the handle)… (you may want to baste the handle in).
Next, pin the flap to the ‘back side’ of the bag, with ‘right sides together (the ’outside’ fabrics together/touching).
Now, with the ‘inside’ front-and-back piece ’right side out, pin that down into the bag, making sure to have backs to backs, and fronts to fronts.
Sew all thiknesses together around the ‘top’ (I sew around it at least twice, having my second stitching 1/4 inch in the seam allowance fron the 1st stitching).
Turn bag right sides out through the opening that you left in the bottom of the ‘inside’ part of the bag.
Now push the ‘inside’ down in to the bag.
Then ‘top stitch’ around the top of the bag making sure to have the flap and handle up and out of the way.
Slip stitch opening closed, and your done!
I’m hoping that this is a little helpful. I do best when I see things, not read them.
Oh, a tip that I use a lot…
When I cut out a pattern piece, I’ll write on a scrap of muslin (or other light fabric) “front”, “back”, “inside back”….. with a pen.
Then I safety-pin the scrap fabric note to the right side of the pattern piece (in the middle).
I’ll leave these ‘notes’ on for as long as I can, with out them being in the way of the sewing or have them lost in the ‘inside’ of the finished project.
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