Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Clothesline Carry All Part 2 The Lining

Clothesline Carry All  Part 2  

The Lining

    This is part 2 of the tutorial.  As I mentioned yesterday, the lining instructions for this bag are very vague as each bag turns out slightly differently.  Here is how I handled my lining.  Hope this helps you out!

     You will need the following:  Your bag exterior, lining fabric, freezer paper, tape measure & interfacing.

     Turn your bag right side out and place on a piece of freezer paper large enough to fit the base plus a little extra.  Draw around the base of the bag on the non-waxy side of the freezer paper.   I added 1/2" to my drawn line then cut out the "pattern" for the base.

     Next, using a tape measure, measure the top edge of your bag.  (handles are NOT on bag at this time, I am photographing on finished bag).  Measure from the center of one side across the front to the center of the opposite side.  Add 1" for seam allowance to that measurement.

     Measure the height of your bag from the base to the top edge. Add 1" to that number also.

     Finally measure across the width of your base pattern piece.  No need to add the seam allowance as we already added it to that.  You now have the measurements for the front and back pattern pieces.  You may want to rotary cut these pieces.  My bag measured 18.5" w x 9" h x 11" across the base pattern; therefore I cut my lining pieces 19.5" x 10....so where does the 11" base come in?  Once the basic rectangle is cut, you will then taper the top edge (19.5") down to the 11" base size.  My bag is fairly straight up and down so I only had to taper approx 4" from top to bottom.  (divide the taper amount in half so you take and equal amount from each side.)  You definitely need to do this so that the base fits during assembly.  Some bags turn out to be more "fan" shaped so this is the most important step. Cut 2 bag & 1 base piece from pattern.

    Now, as far as interfacing goes....the pattern calls for a heavy duty deco bond.  Because I used a jelly roll (rather than cutting 1.5" or 2" strips as pattern suggests) I had more "backing" fabric behind my rounds.  This made for a very sturdy bag.  If you are using a jelly roll, my suggestion is a lightweight fusible woven interfacing.   Cut out 2 bag & 1 base piece and fuse interfacing to wrong side of lining pieces.

    Before assembling your lining, add pockets if you choose.  I was so excited to be getting done, I forgot all about them.  The pattern has excellent pocket instructions!

  After adding your pockets, sew side seams together, using 1/2" seam allowance.  The add base easing around the curves, clipping if necessary.  

     Turn under top edge about 1/2" and press toward wrong side.  At this point, you will want to drop your lining into the bag to see if you need to turn under more or less at the top edge.  you want the base to sit flat on the bottom and the top edge even with the top of the bag.  Adjust as necessary.  Tuck the handles between the lining and the bag, pin around.  If you are adding a button and strap, tuck the ends of the strap at this time also.

     I kept my machine set to zig zag stitch to top stitch around so that it blended with the exterior stitching.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Correcting a left handed mistake - tutorial

Clothesline Carry-All

Mini-Tutorial & Error Correction!

     Today I would like to share some a-ha moments I had when creating the Clothesline Carry-All tote using the pattern from Indygo Junction.  Many of you may not know that I am left handed...many days I forget it myself as I can rotary cut as well as demo many things right-handed.  Well today was not one of those days.  This past Saturday we had a class on this bag in the shop taught by one of our instructors.  Many times when I am not the instructor, I do not really read the pattern (no surprises there!).

     As the class progressed, I realized I really had to make one of these bags, so I drifted in an out of the classroom thinking I had gotten most of the info and shouldn't really even need the pattern.....NOT!

     Now, I will tell you that I heard Rae mention the phrase "to the right" multiple times.  It did not compute.  This is my mini-tutorial as well as error correction so that you know all is never lost and the end result looks simply fabulous.

     The basic premise of this bag construction is wrapping your strips of fabric around clothesline and zig zag stitching "in the round".  The wrap on this is a little different than the bags and bowls you have seen in the past..you are simply folding the fabric around the cording instead of wrapping around and around (which leaves frayed raggedy edges).  This is a much cleaner and easier version!

So this is where I was when I realized exactly what "to the right" meant.  Can you see the problem yet??  The problem is the fact that as I am turning and adding the clothesline, my work is turning toward the inside of my machine.  This will not work for much longer!  Your first thought would be to simply turn it over and keep going; however, that won't work because the underside of the piece is where all the raw edges live.  What you are looking at becomes the outside of your bag.  The correction came to me at about 2 am (as all great ideas do)...so here goes....

      First cut your clothesline approx. 1" in from the end of the strip.  Fold it over the clothesline and continue sewing, tucking the end of the strip (without the clothesline in it) under the work to finish off)

      Take your next strip, start the clothesline approx 1" down from the edge of the strip.  Fold it over.

     Turn your work to the opposite side of your presser foot, beginning at the other end of the oval.  You don't want to have where you finished and where you started in the same spot...this may throw off the balance of the bag.  Tuck the raw edge to the underside of the bag base and begin your zig zag stitching.  NOW you may continue to work through the pattern as though there were never a problem!

     As the bag progresses, you can now see why it was so important to be working "TO THE RIGHT"!  

      My finished bag and lining shot.  Tomorrow I will go over how to construct the lining.  Every bag turns out slightly different so you need to make your own pattern.  I will go over some of the basic principles.

     Indygo Junction pattern & jelly roll Simply Style by V and Co for Moda.   Love, Love Love!