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Bag sewing: Tips and techniques

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3 methods for boxing corners on bags. Take a look at some of the bags you own. If you are a typical woman, you probably own more than 3, maybe even more than 10. Bags can be made for all types of purposes, styles and occasions, but generally they are all designed to do the same thing – carry things. To fulfill their basic function, they will usually have common features such as straps or handles, zips or closures, and pockets.

They can be flat like a simple tote bag designed to carry a few light items and perhaps roll or fold up flat, or can be designed where their size and shape fit a certain function, such as the Easy Cosmetics Bag you see here. One common feature that most bags will have is some kind of volume. The volume at the bottom in a bag with boxed corners can be created 3 different ways. I suppose you could call these: Cut and sewSew and cutFold and sew So now you have a few ideas for how you can create some shape and volume to a basic bag. Make It Yours Clutch Bag Pattern Expanding Nautical Tote Bag. Sew the perfect slip pocket for your bag. I’m taking the Design Your Own Handbag Class on Craftsy at the moment and am picking up lots of tips about how to sew bags as well as how to design them.

One easy way to adapt any bag pattern is to add your own pockets to the design, and the slip pocket is the easiest way to add some extra storage and organisation space inside your bag. What is a slip pocket? A slip pocket is a basic open pocket, usually on the inside of a bag, where you can simply ‘slip’ something in easily. It has no buttons, zips or closures and is the easiest pocket to sew. It will be sewn onto the lining piece before the bag lining is assembled. Let’s look at how we can make one. What makes the perfect slip pocket What features might we be looking for? Where is is going to be? What should it be made of? How to sew a simple slip pocket Start with a piece of fabric twice the size of your finished pocket, plus a little extra for your seam allowances.

Advanced pockets Share this with your friends: How to sew a recessed zipper on a bag. I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are left open, and that’s just fine. With these examples of the Expanding Nautical Tote Bag and the Turning Japanese Purse, in each case simply holding the handles keeps the bag closed. The Zipper Top Tote bag as a zipper right across the top and isn’t very deep. You can pretty much add this to the top of any bag which has a lining, so even if the pattern doesn’t call for it, you can split the lining and add in the recessed zipper.

Here’s how to sew a recessed zipper on a bag In the video I show how to sew the recessed zipper and then add it to a simple tote bag. And here’s what it looks like – pretty easy and it gives a very nice result. Step by step (See all these steps demonstrated in the video.) Fold the fabric right sides out and push out the corners. How to install bag feet - 2 styles.

I’m always looking for ways to make my homemade bags looks more professional and although it does increase the cost, adding hardware such as clasps, feet, grommets, sliders, straps, rivets, studs and handles really does make them look great. Today I’m looking at a couple of examples of bag feet and how we can easily install them. Both of these examples came from Pacific Trimming. There is one you are probably more familiar with, the flattened cone shaped ones with the long prongs, and another that you don’t see as often but are actually very versatile, these dome shaped ones with a screw fitting. Let’s have a look at how we can use them. How to install Bag Feet – Do you have a ‘firm bottom’ ? Firstly, in order to install the bag feet, you need a bag with something in the bottom other than just fabric. This usually makes a flat and reasonably stiff bottom to the bag, makes it more hard-wearing and gives the feet something to go through, other than just the fabric.

Options: The screw in studs. How To Sew An Inner Zipper Pocket. I have tried several ways to sew in internal zipper pockets. I need one in every bag and I want at least one to be in every bag I make for my shop. They are so nifty, especially when you carry as much crap in your purse as I do and your cell phone rings. Anyways, it used to take me hours to make these. Just to get the damn small zipper in frustrated me to no end. You need: a zipper (obviously ^^).fabric you want to use as your bags lining.fusible interfacing (Vlieseline).sewing machine, thread, scissors, the usual sewing utensils. The first step is optional. Measure your zipper and mark where to sew it in. Cut where you just marked your fabric. Fold over and press So, now I could serge the raw edges with a zig zag (or even take it to the serger) but, urgs, such tiny openings are a pain in the ass to serge.

Add another strip of fusible interfacing to the other side. Now we need two rectangle pieces of fabric that will become the insides of our pocket. It should look like this now. Fusible Interfacing. More about interfacing: Woven vs. Non-Woven More about interfacing: Sew-in Interfacing What is fusible interfacing? Fusible interfacing has glue on one (or sometimes both) sides that is activated with a hot iron and allows to adhere directly to the fabric.

The glue side is either shiny or bumpy. See the glue dots? How do I fuse it? Why use fusible interfacing? I use fusible interfacing on almost every project, usually inside and out. If I need more thickness than just two layers of fusible (outside and lining) I will typically add batting, fleece or sew-in interfacing. Which interfacing should I choose? Common Types of Fusible interfacing Non-woven fusible interfacing – This is the paper kind of interfacing, rather than the fabric (woven) kind. Woven Fusible Interfacing, like Pellon SF101 – This is my favorite, and ends up backing nearly every piece of quilting cotton in my bags! Fusible Tricot – This is a fusible for knits. That’s it for now! How To Sew A Circular Bottom Neatly. Round bottom is a nice feature not only for bag bottom but also for a cylindrical pouches and bags. Here is how! Step 1. Make a card board template for a half circle.

Make sure that you do this very neatly. Fold the fabric in half, secure it with pins. Draw the half circle with the fold as the diameter. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Here is what I made earlier! ! Useful Techniques For Bag Making. Adding A Hard Bottom To Your Bags. I love a hard bottom on a bag...I think it adds a touch of polish not to mention helps it be more stable and durable.

This tutorial is how I add a hard bottom to a simple tote bag. I have been doing it this way for awhile and I think its one of the simplest ways out there. For this tutorial I am assuming that you know how to make a simple bag. While this tutorial is easy to follow you do need to know how to make a basic bag to follow along. If you do not know how to make a basic bag Creative Little Daisy has a great tutorial on one. If you follow a basic bag pattern for a square know that you need to cut a square out of the corners of your bag front and back like the picture below....for this bag I used a 2 inch square Line up your front and back pieces and sew across the bottom.

Open up the pieces and iron flat Measure the front part of the notch and the long side part of the notch Cut a piece of interfacing the same as your measurements.Tip!! Sew across the bottom! ♥ Christina.