Monday, March 1, 2010

a little bag for me

Well I have finally finished this cute little bag from the book "Sew!" by Cath Kidston. I bought the book a few months ago and thought it was pretty cool that it came with the fabric, buttons and even the label for the bag.  After many, many mistakes and lots of unpicking I finally finished it tonight and am pretty darn proud of it! I had to admit defeat over making a 'rouleau' tube to fasten the button on the front of the bag and just sewed a button hole instead though. I also learnt the hard way that I need to remember to start in the middle of the button hole when using the quik un-pick to open the button hole...I used a bit too much force from the bottom and made a big rip right up the strap!
I learnt how to box the corners of the bag (also called a t-junction) like this.
Right, onto the next project... well not tonight but sewing is so addictive isn't it.  That feeling you get when you turn your project right side out and see it all finished is just magic!
Megan

12 comments:

Meeks said...

Well done Megan! It looks great! You must feel chuffed with yourself!

Jennie said...

Looks brilliant! Love it!
If you put a pin across the end of the buttonhole, you don't have to worry about cutting through it!

Megan said...

oh thats a good tip thanks jennie!

Sarah said...

I'm just making my bag at the moment too! I need some matching thread so have to wait until I buy some to do the topstitching. I didn't really like the stiffness of the fabric. I threw the little rouleau tube away too! Stupid thing was far too stiff and thick to ever get through if you ask me. I have used a pale pink length of cord from someone's shorts. It's a lot smaller than I though it was going to be so I might give it to one of my girls. Lovely book to look through isn't it?

Jen said...

wonderful I really like the material you used :)

Megan said...

I'm so glad you said that Sarah about the rouleau- i couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get it through! I have put some cord on my shopping list as I would much rather have used that than a buttonhole. It is a lovely book to get ideas from but I found some of the instructions so tricky..I'm still at the stage of needing photo's or pictures for each part!

sewfunky said...

Looking good! :) Love Cath Kidston stuff!

Cotton Kiwi said...

Glad you thought that about the book too Megan. Half the instructions don't make any sense to me whatesoever and seem to make easy things very difficult. I haven't attempted the bag yet but might have a go on Friday and will let you know my thoughts about the rouleau thingy.

Megan said...

good luck with the rouleau sarah! I can see how the instructions would work with a lighter fabric but with this bag fabric i'm really not sure how it would work!
I wore the bag out to the movies last night and felt like showing it off to everyone, it is little but very cute!

Cotton Kiwi said...

Hi Megan
Just finished the bag. The rouleau instructions are incredibly silly for that fabric. I took photos when I did mine and I'll post them later. If you make another one with heavy fabric, just press the long edges of your strip into the centre and then fold it in half lenghtwise. Stitch close to the edge along the long edge and then you don't have to worry about turning it out the right way.

littleminx said...

Hi Megan, the bag looks just fantastic, and that's a beautiful fabric. You should be proud! I was just going to say what Cotton Kiwi has said, I iron my rouleau's so that it is folded into itself and then just stich close to the edge on each side - no one would know the difference, just as effectice.

Aidy said...

I have just come across your blog and well done you with everything you have made! This Cath Kidston bag caught my eye as I have just purchased a shoulder bag from her shop (I keep sneaking back for bits and pieces too!)and who would know the difference. I sent a friend one of her books as she is about to embark on a sewing journey. Will keep checking on your blog to see what other goodies you are making.
Your talent is just fantastic.

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