Last week, I spent a few days making new versions of my Large Tote and Satchel (pattern HERE). I used Kristen Doran's divine panel print "Winter Nest" for this one and went to town with antique brass coloured fittings.
I squeezed the body of a bag out of the teensiest piece of Echino scooter fabric and used webbing for the strap. The adjustable strap goes from one side of the bag to the other.Saturday was another very full day of bag-making in my studio. Lots of fabric, lots of sewing, lots of cups of tea.... I gave lots of tips on ways to use interfacing, reduce bulk in seams, turn out sharp corners and create smooth lines and edges. I taught people to insert magnetic snaps and twist locks. I taught a few people to overcome zipper-phobia. I taught the girls a few tricks about making nice, neat straps with rings. I even gave a good example of why everyone should follow my advice to separate the lining pattern from the outside bag pattern before cutting any fabric, lest (in a moment of lapsed concentration) the wrong piece be cut.
Anyone can make this mistake - even experts. This bag - like myself - was made a little shorter than most.
("Wren" fabric by Ink & Spindle, teamed with denim and microsuede. Apart frpm being a facing's depth shorter than it ought to be, the bag looks lovely).
I've scheduled another Bag in a Day workshop for 5th November. I'll be underlining the section on "cutting" on the notes....