There weren’t many details to finish it off. Let me show you how I did it …
I sewed in my D-rings for my strap between my two bag pouches. I thought having my D-rings close and snug would be a better look. Later I found out that patterns call for the D-ring tabs to be 1 to 1 1/2 inches clear to make it easier to finish off the bag opening – oops! Live and Learn!
I sewed in my zippers, squeezing my presser foot in between my zipper teeth and the D-ring. There wasn’t much room to spare, but I made it. Next time I’ll make the D-ring tabs longer so there is more room!
Not bad! I’m happy I found metal zippers with a cute zipper pull.
Zippers and D-rings look fine. I pinned in the bag linings so I could hand sew them in. I wasn’t going to run my presser foot in that narrow space again, possibly making a mess of my stitching.
Next, the bag strap. Of course, I couldn’t find a long enough piece in my remnant, so I joined two lengths together, just like joining bias tape.
I pressed a centre fold in my strap, and pressed the two long edges into the centre fold. After sewing on the Thermolam, I refolded the strap, pressed it and topstitched it along both edges. Notice the 1 inch at the end without Thermolam? I was told it helps with attaching the strap neatly. We shall see …
Strap finished and run through the slider. I pressed under the end where the Thermolan stops and also at the end of the strap.
Straps attached to the D-rings. Linings were hand sewn in. I noticed a long thread hanging off one of the straps that had to be knotted and cut and then checked the whole bag for more threads.
What can I say? I have to have the perfect Zippered Crossbody bag! Thanks for the inspiration Sallie Tomato! I think next time I’ll follow your pattern more and see how a one pouch bag works for me!
But in the meantime, I have a couple of dresses to sew – gotta use up that stash! What are you planning on sewing next?
STASHBUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? None, sewn with remnants, so still 145 meters remaining! Lots of remnants gone though!