September 10, 2012

the Zig Zag Bag

When I was at Hobby Lobby the other day I saw that they now have canvas chevron there.  I purchased a yard of gray and a 1/4 yard of red with the intent to make a bag for my church stuff.  (My Granny Chic Tote has served me well, but it's so big that I knock people out in the hallways :)  

Here's how it came out.

This tutorial will be rather brief in pictures, but if you have questions about any of the terms or instructions, you can reference the Tohoku Tote.  (It has really detailed instructions and the concepts are the same.)

I wanted the bag to be just big enough for a binder and a few folders.  I picked a bright cheery fabric for the inside as well.

I started by cutting two pieces each of the gray chevron, sewable interfacing, and the interior fabric all this exact shape.  The measurements are included on the picture.

I wanted to sew the pocket on before sewing the bag together, because it's a whole lot easier.  I laid the red chevron accross the front of the bag so that the chevron would line up correctly.  Then I cut a large rectangle centered in the middle of the bag for a pocket.

To sew the pocket I cut another piece to match it, placed them right sides together, sewed along the edges (but leaving an opening), and clipped the corners.  I inverted it, pressed it, sewed across the opening, and then sewed it onto the bag.  I sewed it slowly, trying my best to have the chevron line up.

I lined up the exterior of the bag to sew it, placing right sides together and placing the sewable interfacing on the top and bottom.  I had only used the fusible interfacing before, but I really liked the sewable interfacing this time around.  It's a little cheaper and I felt that if I was going to pin the layers together to sew them anyway, I didn't need fusible stuff.  My interfacing was pretty stiff, but I prefer that for bags.

I boxed the corners of the bag about two inches up.  (Once again, if you don't know what I mean you can see the Tohoku Tote tutorial for more info on that.)

I sewed the interior pieces together the exact same way (boxing the corners as well, but not using more interfacing).  I inverted the exterior and then put the interior inside.  I used double-sided bias tape to go around the top of the bag (just like I did on the Granny Chic Tote.)  I'm not a pinner.  I just hold the bias tape on and sew along.  There is a more "proper" way to sew it on, but this works for me and it's faster.

Lastly, I cut straps.  I tried to center the chevron on the strap.  I outlined them with the bias tape as well, so there was no inverting to do.  I liked how the bias tape added some additional color to the bag.  I folded the bias tape on the corners to look like a nice mitered corner, but once again there is a more proper way to do this.  I took a short cut.

After I sewed on the straps I got some advice from an expert on which buttons to add.  Rex picked the little silver ones.  I stitched them on and called it done.

I'm loving the size and proportions of this bag.  Now no one in the hallways at church will be injured when I walk by.  Whew.

Thanks for reading.

- Do you ever check stuff out at the library for yourself?  I'm watching season 5 of Project Runway when I work out right now.  I sure love that show.  Too bad I only discovered it until season 8 (I think).  We don't have cable, so I'm way behind, but I still love it.  I think it's hilarious when some of them have obvious self-given names like Suede and talk in third person.  

- I thought this entry way idea was pretty fun HERE at East Coast Creative.


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