Perhaps you read last week about my trashed (store-bought) Tote bag and the start of my journey to replace it? If you missed it, you can read Part I here!
I’ve been busy this week, learned a lot, and ended up with a great Tote bag – despite the “help” offered to me by My Feline Family Members!
I finished off my lining by measuring and sewing in the corners.
I sewed in my zipper flaps.
Ironing the outer layer.
Adding a light fusible interfacing.
Adding a layer of Pelton Peltex – a FIRM fusible stabilizer – and a layer of Pelton Fusible Fleece – medium weight fleece. LESSON LEARNED #1: Do not cut the Peltex right to the edge of the fabric or you will suffer dearly trying to sew your seams up! LESSON LEARNED #2: Peltex is FIRM! I read “somewhere” that the Peltex would keep your bag firm and a layer of Fusible Fleece would give your bag a cushioned look. I used both and all I ended up with is a FIRM bag, which isn’t bad, but what was the point of the Fusible Fleece then? Another suggestion is to fuse the Peltex to the lining layer and the Fusible Fleece to the outer layer for a firm, but cushioned bag – haven’t tried that yet!
When sewing both outer layers together, my Rocketeer didn’t have any trouble sewing through the layers, just as long as it didn’t have to sew through the Peltex! Again, sewing the corners gave my bag the “boxy” look!
The inside reveal.
The outside reveal.
How’s that? What do you think? I think I need another one!!!
LOL! “THE CATS IN THE BAG!!!”
Have any of my fellow sewists tried Peltex (or another FIRM stabilizer) yet? Perhaps I should use it for a different project, like a wallet?
STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? Still 138.5 remaining. This project is being made with repurposed fabrics and notions.