I’ve finally made the bag. This is actually my test version. I have some Enchino Linen that I’m really thinking about using for another, but wanted to be sure I didn’t have any issues before cutting into it.
In this version, I’ve used an upholstery weight fabric lined and trimmed with 100% cotton fabric from the Parisville line by Tula Pink. I chose not to interface because I thought the weight of the main fabric backed with batting and lining would give the bag plenty of body. I would definitely rethink that if I were to start over. It has the feel of a carpet bag and I would like more body that would encourage the bag to stand up.
Jeeum Quilts is Korean I believe, and I get the sense this has been translated into English (rather than originally written in English.) There are a couple spots in the instructions that aren’t totally clear. On the most part, I could reason through. One major problem I had was on the side binding. The pattern was not clear on the size binding to use and the application instructions were not clear. I ended up making up my own. I used the same size binding as on the top edge of the bag and laid it over the raw edge of the seam allowance. I threaded the hook onto the binding strip end that extends past the top and attached that end to the inside lining.
I also found Elizabeth’s blog post that talked about taking a class for this bag. Seeing what they had done on that side seam helped a lot in deciding how to tackle that. Elizabeth was gracious enough to share with me how she applied the binding on her purse.
The trim strips are only as long as the sides, plus about 5 inches, to take them along the seam, then over the top of the zipper and down the inside a bit–maybe 16″ that is visible with another 3″ sewn into the boxed corner–maybe 19-20″ in total in length, and about 1 1/2″ in width? They are not bias, but instead cut on the straight of grain.The seam is sewn with the lining sides together, so all the raw edged seam allowances end up on the outside of the bag. I have a photo on my blog, and if you look carefully at the middle of the three photos, where I’m talking about the side strip, you can see the seam allowances. Basically you pin the strip down, top stitch it into place on both sides in order to cover the raw edges of the side seam. (Elizabeth of Occasional Piece)
Other than that, the bag went together really well. I can definitely see me making more in the future. I didn’t put pockets inside as I normally do. I plan to make some small zipper bags to keep things separated in this bag.
Are you wondering what size this bag is?? Take a look at what I had inside the bag to make it stand up for photos. These Harry Potter books are pretty darn thick. I think it’s safe to say the bag is pretty roomy!
The bag bottom and handles were made from leather I picked up at Tandy for a bag class by Don Morin. I still haven’t made a bag from that Craftsy class! Still on my to do list though. I did use some of his tips in this bag though. The handles are made with many of the tips Don taught.
This is one of my projects this Labor Day weekend. I have been so busy and still have so much to do.
So, did you sew this weekend or hang out with family and friends? Either way, I hope you are blessed.