SewTogether Bag – Cutting the Pieces

SewTogetherBag.Pieces2Cutting and interfacing your pattern pieces is the last thing to do in preparation for our meeting next week (August 15th).  See this post for meeting and pattern details.   Interfacing fabrics There are two methods of interfacing your fabric pieces.  Often I will calculate the size of fabric needed to cut all pieces.  I will then interface first and cut the fused fabric.  I find it very convenient and fast.  The downside is the interface extends to the edge of cut pieces and the bulk may build up in the seam allowance. In this bag, I know I don’t want to fight with bulk in the seam allowance and choose option two.  Option two is cutting the interfacing smaller than the pattern pieces, but just large enough to get caught in the seam.  I cut all of my interfacing almost 1/2″ smaller so that when centered the edges are on the 1/4″ seam line.  When ironing the interfacing, I don’t meticulously measure the placement, but just eyeball and center the interfacing. Side Piece Pattern There have been questions regarding the side piece pattern.  Be sure you print that page at 100% or ‘no scaling’ depending how your printer is set up.  The bottom edge (on the fold line) should measure 4″.  Double check your measurement to be sure that is cut to size. SewTogetherBag.PiecesZippersBinding andZippers Iron your binding and have it ready to apply to bag.  I don’t cut my binding to size at this point just so that I have some wriggle room.  But I’m sure you will be good if you choose to cut as indicated on pattern. Be sure you have the appropriate zippers for this project. Notions You will need the typical sewing notions for this bag:  Thread scissors, pins, binder clips, thread, and needles (90/14 or denim needle would be good).  Be sure to bring your zipper foot!  If you secure your binding by hand, you will need hand needle. If you have any questions, let me know.  See you Saturday! Ramona


More on the SewTogether Bag and August Meeting


Patern: SewTogether Bag by Sew Demented Constructed by: Ramona Putnam

If you’re joining us for our August 15th meeting and sewing with us , I wanted to share some of my prep stages with you.  You can see original post here.  I’ll write at least one more post this week regarding cutting fabrics and notions.

If you are piecing and/or quilting the exterior of the bag, you will definitely want to get an early start on your preparations.  I have taken my scrap box and pieced a couple together as shown here.  Just to clarify, these are exteriors for two separate bags.  You will only need one exterior for Saturday.

SewtogetherBag.Exterior1.1I made sure my scrappy ‘fabric’ was at least 10.5 x 14 to allow for ‘shrinkage’ caused during quilting.   For these I am using Quilter’s Dream Deluxe Cotton, which is an high loft, almost stiff, cotton.

My intention is to create an exterior with more shape and structure than my original make of this pattern (shown above.)


Here are the exteriors cut down to size according to pattern.

The pattern calls for lightweight interfacing for the lining.  I’m going to step that up a little and use mid-weight interfacing.  As I said in my previous post, in the past I’ve used shape flex which is also a good, but slightly more expensive, option.  It feels and acts more like fabric.

So that’s it today.  Hopefully you have decided on your fabrics, made sure you have the pattern and notions, and are ready to cut fabric.  If we come to the meeting with everything ready to sew, I believe we will be able to get this bag constructed before we leave.   If you have any questions, please let me know.

I’m looking forward to sewing with you!  See you Saturday.