I have to have the perfect Zippered Crossbody bag … (Part 1)

I used to buy more bags than clothes.  Every time I walked past a bag shop I would stop in.  After “just stopping in” a few days in a row, I’d finally buy what I had been looking at.  Now that I think about it, I pretty much always bought bags with the same “insides” but with a different style outside.  

I haven’t bought a handbag for myself, I think, since I started my RTW fast in January 2015.  I not only broke the clothes shopping habit, I also broke the bag buying habit!

I have been scouting around for a me-made replacement.  I bought this pattern from Sallie Tomato.  Although I haven’t tried the pattern yet, I love the look of it!  It looks almost exactly like what I usually bought.  One zippered pocket each for my bus pass, my keys, my wallet and phone, and one big enough for my iPad.  Oops!  It’s missing the space for my iPad.  

No problem!  I’ll just figure out a way to add another pouch on the backside of this Sallie Tomato bag … um … hopefully!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

To be on the safe side I cut out 12″ squares of my exterior fabrics and my lining, 8 squares total.  Then there were the 4 squares of fusible Shape Flex for the lining pieces and the 4 squares of fusible Thermolan for the exterior pieces.  I used fabric remnants, so I didn’t decrease my fabric stash any.  😦 Good thing though – if it doesn’t work out it’s no loss!  🙂

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

The Thermolan didn’t fuse again – do I need a new iron? do I need to be more patient and press it more? – so I basted it on to all my exterior pieces.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I cut every one of my exterior pieces into the planned uniform strips.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

 

This is the exterior backside of my bag…

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

with topstitching.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Next day I came back to prepare my zippers to find my tension messed up.  I could clearly see that one, or both, of the cats had been playing with the upper threading of my machine.  An easy fix … after rethreading my machine and ripping this out!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

It was easy to sew these zippers in and add the topstitching.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

The pocket linings were sewn onto the seam allowances left by the zippers.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Now the exterior front of my bag is complete with zipper pockets.  Thank you Sallie Tomato for the inspiration and explanation!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I just need to finish off a bit of topstitching and sew in the bottom corners of all the pieces and these pieces are finished.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Bottom corners sewn in on all pieces, exterior and lining.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Now for some fun with the interior zipper pocket.  I chalked in where the opening was to be and sewed it to mark and reinforce it.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I pinned the pocket lining on the right side of the interior lining on the back piece where I wanted the zipper pocket to be.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Sewed it following my previous stitching line and cut the opening carefully.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I pushed the lining through the opening and pressed it flat.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Wonder tape helped me place the zipper under the opening in my lining piece.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Zipper and pocket lining sewed in … and a label!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Before I sew together my two bag pouches I better sew the middle pieces of both pouches together, and what better way than to sew a pocket shape?

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Next, with a lot of patience and manipulation, the fronts and backs of all the exterior bag pieces are sewn together (which is a bit tricky considering that two of the pieces are already sewn together).  The same is done with the lining pieces.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

This is what I have so far …

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Then I went to the dentist for two fillings and lost my sewing mojo.  Time for a break!  But hang tight – I’ll be back with the “Big Finish!” next post!

Happy Sewing! 

 

STASHBUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT?  None, sewn with remnants, so still 145 meters remaining!  (I think, after this bag is completed, it will be time to make some dresses!)

 

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20 thoughts on “I have to have the perfect Zippered Crossbody bag … (Part 1)

  1. Sue in MN says:

    Wonderful explanation & photos. When making bags I have abandoned fusible interfacing in favor of… automotive headliner from the upholstery department. This is a lightweight foam fused to a synthetic knit – usually a lightly brushed fiber. It is completely stable, easy to sew or quilt, doesn’t shrink when washed, and allows the bags to stand up beautifully. Baste to fabric by machine or with temporary basting spray. When purchased on sale or with a coupon, price is less than any heavy good quality stiffener I have found. And I totally agree about basting tape – I have introduced MANY people to its use, and buy a dozen or more spools at a time through the mail.

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  2. It’s looking good. Strangely, I’d never thought of cats altering machine tension (I guess you can tell I don’t have a cat and haven’t had since I started sewing). One of the others in class is a bag sewer and it’s inspiring watching her and a lot of us have tried things we might’nt otherwise have done.

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  3. Rose says:

    You are really going to have to teach those cats to sew if they are so interested in your machines. Great looking bags guess I know where to turn when I need a new bag….says the sister with all the lovely dresses 😊😊

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  4. jvandervlugt says:

    Ok being an artist I was intrigued by your sketch and notes on the side. I do something similar. What you’ve done so far looks amazing. Are you going to have options of different sizes? I’m very very interested in seeing the finished product.

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    • Thanks! I am thinking the next one I make, a few projects down the road, will be smaller. I want something small, but something big enough to hold my stuff – so there is going to be a bit of experimenting…. Besides then I can have a bunch of bags in different colours and sizes, just like the old days! 🙂

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  5. I love the fact that your cats play with the tension on your machines! This is a timely post as Mark and I have been designing me a cross body bag that will do all the things that you describe. I’m making mine out of leather so am going to have to practice first to make sure I get it right. I’m now wondering whether I should invest in this pattern…?

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    • Yes, my cats are snoopy and love thread! Well this pattern is a simple one compared to what you could do. But I haven’t seen many patterns like this one. Actually this is the only one I have seen so if anyone knows of any others, I would like to see them. I basically made two of this pattern and sewed them together to get my two pouches. Working with leather is going to be quite the experience!

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