Friday, October 22, 2010

The Grandview Bag Tutorial Part 2 - el fin

I know on Wednesday I said I'd have this up "tomorrow", but it's still technically Thursday SOME places, right? That counts.

Ok, so when we left off, we had finished the first pleat and first ruffle. Lets keep going.

Grab your next strip. While lifting the ruffle away from the bag, pin your strip at the top left edge of the main body piece, and begin pleating. Continue this pleating until you reach the other side of the bag.You want to pin your pleats so the finished edge will be hidden by the ruffle just above it.

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You can pin these pleats directly to the body of the bag, as we are going to sew them down from the top, rather than from underneath like the previous pleat. Once you've pleated all the way around, topstitch the pleats to your bag.

TIP: Stitch in the direction that your pleats are pointing so that your presser foot is flattening the pleats rather than lifting them. This may seem obvious, but it's easy to forget!

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Now, stitch down the bottom of the pleat.

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Now your bag should look something like this:

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Ok, we're almost done with the embellishment! Grab that last strip of fabric and ruffle it the same way you did the other ruffle. Pin it to the bag so that it covers the bottom finished edge of the pleat above it.

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Stitch in place, following the gathering stitch down the center.

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YAY! The front of your bag is done! From here on out, it is pretty basic bag construction. If you want pictures, or if it doesn't make sense, let me know, but I'm just going to outline the rest of the process.

1. With right sides together, stitch the outer body pieces together with a 3/8 inch seam allowance along the bottom curve. TIP: When I construct bags that don't have a flat bottom (so, the weight of the bag contents will be on the seam), I sometimes put a strip of fusible interfacing OVER the seam inside the bag. This just gives that seam extra reinforcement. Totally optional step.

2. Grab your lining pieces. If you want a pocket, make it and attach it to the lining body. Now is also the time to install your magnetic snap if you want one. Craft Apple has a great tutorial for installing the snap.

3. Sew the lining pieces together with right sides facing, being sure to leave AT LEAST 3 or 4 inches for turning the bag right side out.

4. Grab your strap that you made earlier and make a "strap sandwich". Place the outer body of your bag inside the lining with right sides facing. Pin the strap to the side seams of the bag, and make sure it is INSIDE the bag. SOMEONE here may have accidentally sewed a strap so that it ended up inside the lining once or twice without noticing it. So, don't be me.

5. Sew all the way around the top of your bag witha 3/8 inch seam allowance. MAKE SURE THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BODY OF YOUR BAG FACES YOUR BOBBIN. Huh? Did that make sense to you? If not, leave a comment and I'll try to explain better. Basically, you want to have the flatest surface possible to sew your main bag and lining together, and if the poofy part is facing down, toward the bobbin, it is really bumpy sewing. So you want your ruffles facing UP when you sew. Make sense?

Also, I found it helpful to use my narrowest presser foot while sewing the outer bag to the lining. You want to be able to sew as close to that top pleat as you can WITHOUT SEWING OVER IT. I found a zipper foot worked best, but you can use whatever you've got on hand.

6. Turn your bag right side out and stitch your lining shut, either by hand or by machine.

7. Press the heck out of the top edge of your bag. I don't topstitch this bag around the top. I just didn't like the way it looked when I tried it. You should feel free to do so though if you like. If you were going to topstitch, I would go from underneath one ruffle all the way around the back and stop underneath the other side of the ruffle - no topstitching over the ruffles and pleats.

8. Post pictures of your bag in the flickr group. This step is mandatory.

You should have something that looks like this:



If any part of this is confusing or needs further explanation, just let me know! I'm happy to give more instruction. Also, it's 1:30 in the morning, so I'm not entirely sure that everything I've written is crystal clear. If it's not, leave a comment or send me an email.

Happy bag-making!

42 comments:

  1. Amazing! You made it look so simple :) Thanks

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  2. Super , Super CUTE!! Fabulous job and did I say REALLY, REALLY C-U-T-E!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Love this purse!! Hopefully I'll get the nerve to try it sometime soon! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  4. YEA! I'll for sure make a post about this today or tomorow to let people know you are finished with the tutorial! Thanks for doing one--it looks fabulous. LOVE the velvet fabric--I think that just made the bag that much better.

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  5. Yes the tutorial is up thank you so much for making one i can wait to try it!

    I am hosting Sew Crafty Saturday a link up party over at Sew Chic and Unique i would love it if you linked this

    Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique

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  6. Ohhhhh I love this so much! I love the fabric you used as the lining. This is going on my to-do list. :)

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  7. I have one question. Do you think this bag would work with different fabric types? My sister wants a printed bag, and I have a black and white cotton picked out, but I'm not sure it would work. Let me know what you think! (my email's attached to my profile!) :) Thanks!

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  8. This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  9. This is beautiful. Maybe I can convince my sister to sew it for me!!

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  10. Thanks for posting this!!! My 10 year old step daughter and I love to sew together, this will be a perfect project for us! Thank you!

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  11. I will be making one of these in the near future!

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  12. thanks for linking to my saturday soiree! i'm featuring this tomorrow! i love it :)

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  13. I just made your bag last week. I am loving it. Thanks so much for the pattern. I posted a picture on flickr. I haven't ever done it before so I hope I did it right. Thanks again.

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  14. Part 2 end pictures? I am new, and I don't want to mess it up. These would make great Christmas gifts... Let me know and THANK YOU for the free pattern!

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  15. Hi Emily! I just found your blog and it is awesome! I am one of those bitter peoples with no serger! hehe. But, I love this purse so much that I might give it a try anyways hehe. Thanks so much for sharing it. I'll be following you. :D

    ~ www.billiemonster.com ~

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  16. Amazing! I see these bags for $198 and...sad face!

    Can't wait to curse my way through one!

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  17. This is so beautiful! And it looks "designer." I have a pattern for a hobo bag with a zipper on top (I need a zipper because I'm clumsy and I'd spill everything in my purse if I didn't have a zipper!) but I'd love to do this embellishment on the front!

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  18. HOLY CRAP I LOVE RUFFLES! I have 3 boys too, maybe it makes us like the girly stuff that much more. Anyhow great job on this purse. I love the colors. Maybe I'll attempt one once my slipcovers slow down for the holiday season.

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  19. I just finished! Yay! The instructions were great. The only thing I did differently was pleat and sew as I went. I still need to attach the strap because I'm sewing it on top and making it adjustable and haven't quite figured it out. Will post pictures on flikr soon! Thanks again!

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  20. I saw a picture of the bag from my friend's blog (customslipcoversbyshelley.blogspot.com) and fell in love! I just made one at 60% the size 'cause I wanted a smaller bag with the same awesome look. I posted the pictures on the flickr page. I love it! I did it out of gray corduroy and couldn't be happier. I've never, ever made a purse with a lining before and this tutorial was awesome. Thank you for all the tips and tricks. I loved the tip about how to sew the strap in, and LOVED that you had messed it up a few times. It made me feel like I could do it too. Thanks so much the free pattern. You are talented. :)

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  21. I made one! Now... about posting a picture, how do I do that?

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  22. Really difficult once I get to sewing the lining to the bag. I'm going to look for other tutorials on how to do this. I've already done and undone it twice. Arg.

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  23. so excited to try this! I was looking for fashionable, modern bag to make for my friend's birthday and this is just right!!

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  24. i don't quite get the pattern pieces some help with that would be great (:

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  25. Oh my goodness! You're just wonderful!

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  26. LOVE the bag!! I made one from my husband's ACUs for my niece.

    ( http://outside-comfort.blogspot.com/2012/02/time-new-concept.html )

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  27. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to document the process and write out a tutorial. I'm so grateful. I saw this on pinterest and had to make it immediately. I had this suede from a skirt I bought from goodwill. Yay, no serging! I got a serger this year, but for many years felt just how you described. Anyway, this bag cost me 85 cents! http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/joelrenee/Jolennspurse.jpg

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  28. Thanks for this nice tutorial
    http://gwadabrode.canalblog.com/

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  29. I really don't understand the strap sandwich/lining part. I guess I'll have to wait for mom (seamstress extraordinaire) to come here so I can finish. But what I have so far looks GREAT! :D

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  30. That is one lovely bag!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial:):) So excited to try it:)

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  31. I cannot sew, but would love to buy the one you have pictured! Any way that's possible?! ;)
    blondie76rs@aol.com

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  32. Love it and wanna make it...but I can only find Part 2 of the tute. Where can I find the beginning and pattern? Thanks!

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  33. Where is Part l???

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  34. Came here to get this part of the tutorial and seen the giveaway! Oh I would love to win! KMFX!

    Sommer (Alana Jones on FB when logged into RC)

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  35. Oh I cant wait to make one of these! Ive been wanting a really cute purse to sew and whatnot. I just have to wait till I can find a bobbin case for my machine as the lady who gave it to me is missing it

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  36. Ok, I'm clueless when it comes to the strap sandwich part. Can you explain in more detail? I don't have any idea how to attach the strap and finish the bag.

    Thanks!

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  37. Where is this flickr group? I just finished my bag! (PS, your bag is way cuter than the $600 anthro bag. Just say'n)

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