Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More Remakes of a Canvas Bag

After finishing the last bag, enough red fabric was left to make a second, larger bag. I did a felled seam across the center bottom to seam two pieces of the red fabric together to get a piece large enough for the bag. The felled seam was used because the bottom of the bag had to be able to hold the weight of what ever would be tossed in it and it needed to be neatly finished to give the bag a polished look. Again, the edge stitching foot was used to make the seam beautiful a straight.

Besides working on the red bag, There had also been a donation of fashion fabric, the weight of a light pair of blue jeans. Also in the donation pile was a coordinating old German tablecloth.

I started with the blue bag and I changed the measurements by adding a inch to the width of the bag.

1 - 30"x 20 1/2" Rectangle for the body of the bag
2 - 26" x 4 1/2" rectangles for the handles.
Pocket cut  2 - 8 1/4" x 7"
Here is the final product:
There is enough fabric for a second bag. Next time I am going to line it and change the design again, a little, maybe an embroidery on the pocket too.
Now, back to the final red bag. The blue bag was a nice size, (They are all nice sizes) but I wondered what I would get if the width again was widened by another inch. That would mean to cut:
1 - 30"x 21 1/2" Rectangle for the body of the bag
2 - 26" x 4 1/2" rectangles for the handles.
Pocket cut  2 - 8 1/4" x 7" Turned on its side with only a 1/2" seam allowance.
This is what the final result looks like. Here is side one:
And side 2:
Credits where credits are due:
The embroidery designs on the red bag are from Urban Threads and are part of their Steampunk Carousel collection. The 4.84"wx6.26"h worked beautifully on the bag.
I forgot to mention last blog that the red bag is sewn together using red 12 wt cotton Sulky thread. Love this stuff and it made such a nice looking stitching on the bag. If this is not something you can find, It is very limited here in Europe sold through
Gütermann , try finding the heavier weight Gütermann creative threads. Here is a pack I have for sewing blue jeans. I found it in Germany at a Karstadt.
 These threads are polyester based, but for something like a bag, you really want to use a heavy weight cotton or the polyester or poly mix threads. Lesson learned years ago when I made a bag using quilting cotton.

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