. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Birdie bag tutorial

Rabbit wallpaper bag

Last year, when I created this bag, I mentioned writing the free tutorial. So finally, here it is. You can see all pictures in bigger format here in my flickr album.

bag tutorial
First of all, I must say that there are 2 different (in size) fabric templates for this bag available @ Spoonflower.

 bag template ( choose 1 yard in canvas-cotton fabric ) The first and original one  like on the pictures to follow, is created to fit best the linen cotton canvas that is 54x36" and the actual finished size of the bag will be approx. 16x12". Linen cotton canvas and cotton twill are the best fabric options for bag sewing and you don't need any other additional interfacing fabric.




woodland handle cut and sew bagThe second one is created to fit best the regular Kona cotton fabric(or any other fabric can be used) that is 42x36" and the actual bag is 15x11" and the additional long handle is missing. Also, adding some interfacing fabric is highly recommended with this lighter fabric choice/option.

Needed supply:
1. printed fabric template (ordered through Spoonflower)
2. sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins
3. two buttons for closure 
----- 
4. optional (especially for the Kona cotton option bag): fusible interfacing fabric to obtain the more durable bag.....you can even use the piece(cut in the long stripe) of some light interlining for the handles to obtain the straps that would be padded and therefore would provide more comfortable and durable wear
5. needed for larger bag for additional handle: 2 metal rings and 2 Swivel clasp snap clips

bag tutorial1

Template pieces includes:
1. bag body
2. bag lining
3. inside pocket (allowing you to make one large pocket or 2 smaller pockets)
4. flap (with different designs on both sides)
5. handles

 Instructions:

1. cut all pieces on the outer lines and use the shapes of the pieces if you need to cut the interfacing
bag tutorial pieces

2. on the dashed lines within the bag's body stitch the ribbon or other embellishment: there are many options to mix, match and combine, so be creative here:)
bag tutorial deciding the ribbons bag tutorial versions bag tutorial ribbons

3-4. stitch the pocket: you can use the whole piece number 3 for one big pocket or you can cut it and make 2 smaller pockets to be sewn into the lining, after the embellishing line

bag tutorial making the pocket2 bag tutorial pocket

5. use the small triangular parts on the bag’s body and lining(on the bottom line) to create darts

bag tutorial fll bag tutorial f

You can do the darts 2 ways: visible (like I did on this bag)-that little triangular folded shape is visible outside or in classical - "invisible" way (triangles are made on the inside) -like shown on the following picture.
There is even another version of making darts on each corner separately before sewing one side of the bag to the another. That's the method I prefer, but is a bit more complicated for the beginners-as they have to match nicely.
Here is one example how;)

rabbit wallpaper original fabric

6. don’t forget to snip the corners and clip the curves



7. make the handles- the fabric pieces number 5 : there are a few ways to create the handles, (where the inserts will be smaller or bigger-also depending on size of the material available), but the easiest way is to fold them in half lengthwise and iron it, then open and press both sides toward the center crease, press center crease close again and stitch

 bag tutorial thinner version of handles bag tutorial fold the handle

If using the larger bag version, you will need to create also one large handle that will be attached and taken away easily with some rings and snaps

bag tutorial prep metal parts

You'll need to make some small fabric straps and to pull through the snap clip on one end and the ring at the other. The second ring and clip will have to be inserted in the both sides of bag's body in the steps 10-11

bag tutorial metal parts beg bag tutorial flap metal
 bag tutorial flap ins bag tutorial handle bag tutorial long handle

bag tutorial parts
8. using the pieces for flap (cut it on the central dashed line) create the flap by sewing the both pieces on the top of each other, right sides together, leaving the dashed line open as gap to turn. Make the button hole and sew the finished gap on the center of the outer side of the body bag on the center of the outer side of the body bag, placing the front and back pieces on the top of each other, right sides together

 bag tutorial buttton holejpg bag tutorial button hole

9. sew the buttons (being help with the other body part with the sewn flap, making sure it would be closed correctly) and sew the handles on both outer body parts

bag tutorial buttons bag tutorial main sides

10-11. sew all around body to body parts and lining to lining parts right sides together,leaving the bottom gap open on the inner lining part of the bag that will allow turning bag inside out

bag tutorial metal side bag tutorial metal side 2 bag tutorial 2 parts inn bag tutorial inside d bag tutorial inner side

12. place lining part inside of the body part of the bag(right sides together) and stitch all around the top

 bag tutorial 2 parts bag tutorial i3
bag tutorial double bag tutorial doubl

13. turn the bag inside out through the lining's gap and hand stitch the opening gap closed and press the seam around the top line of the bag and do the top stitching(for security reasons)

bag tutorial out
bag tutorial fin
bag detail
Rabbit wallpaper bag
Rabbit wallpaper bag inside

Rabbit wallpaper bag

Done:)
Please, let me know if you find any mistakes and non-senses things.
Enjoy, Katarina

3 comments:

nic said...

i am in love. you dream up the most gorgeous stuff, katarina! nice work on the tutorial--i know how long it takes to photograph and write up all these steps. thanks for doing this for us!

London Florist said...

wow it's nice blog that contain good info about flowers.

Katarina said...

Thank you so much dear Nic, it is difficult, especially to write all the explanations in English, but it's keeping me in stitches;)))xxx