The version we're making is the above, but if you want to make yours patchworky--
--I'll tell you how big to cut your squares so the measurements work out the same.
In this sew-along (which I'll break into manageable parts, posted every other day) you'll learn:
- how to insert a magnetic snap securely
- how to insert grommets
- how to use rings for your purse straps
- how to insert a bag bottom to give your bag some support, and
- how to insert an internal zipper pocket
You're going to need:
- 1/2 yard of focus fabric for the outside panel and the inside pockets (because contrast is fun). If you're making it patchworky, you will need a total of 42 pieces that are 3 inches square, plus some larger pieces to use for the inside pockets. I'm using quilt-weight cotton.
- 1 yard of contrast fabric for the lining, straps, drawstring, and the contrast pieces on the top and bottom of the outside of the bag. Again, I'm using quilt-weight cotton.
- 2/3 yard of 45 inch wide fusible fleece (I use Thermolam Fusible, but use what you can get your mitts on)
- 1 yard of 20 inch wide woven fusible interfacing. If you can only get the craft weight of interfacing that will work OK too--just don't get one that's too heavy. Also--if you're using a heavier weight fabric you can omit this.
- a nine inch zipper to match the lining (or to contrast with it, because that's nifty looking)
- four rings that will hold a 1 1/4 inch strap
- one magnetic snap
- #8 3/8" inch grommets and tools to insert them. I am using a pair of grommet pliers, but the grommet tool that you whack with a hammer works just as well. I don't have that so I won't be able to show you but everything else will apply, and the directions are usually on the package.
- a gridded bag bottom (I use a piece of plastic canvas--you can get a couple bottoms from one piece).
- basic sewing stuff: coordinating thread, scissors, pins, hand sewing needle, something to mark with, seam ripper, ruler
UPDATE #2: What, you want finished measurements too? :) It finishes up at about 12 inches wide, about 10 inches high, and 5 inches deep.
Now, get going! The first set of directions will be up Monday, April 15th. Please join in the fun, and spread the word. See you then! Thought I won't complain if you come back and visit before then :)