Got onto some sewing! This time it was another bag. It's by Anna of Noodlehead! She makes amazing patterns and this one is truly special. It's the Sidekick tote! Anna has herself double fans (twins)! :)
I am in love with this pattern. I know it looks complicated to some, but it's pretty simple. Some details:
1.) Got lazy and didn't make the handle - Brought cotton webbing
2.) Added 1" to pocket pattern
3.) Added zipper pocket
4.) Added elastic (gathered) pocket and added bias tape to it
5.) Didn't use interfacing, used a heavier weight cotton for the outside, saved cotton print for pockets
6.) Added a key clasp, not fishing for keys.
7.) Top-stitched the edge of the pocket flap for prettyness.
Elastic pocket tutorial: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2011/12/tutorial-gathered-pocket.html
Handle tutorial (in case you needed more info): http://nicolemdesign.blogspot.com/2008/08/adjustable-strap-tutorial.html?m=1
Zipper pocket tutorial: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2007/07/tutorial-zippered-and-slip-pocket-tutorial/
All the "hardware" is purchased from etsy.com! I used 1.5" cotton webbing along with 1.5" adjustable handle hardware. Along with the key clasps too.
I adore this pattern, a lot. I highly recommend it and don't fear the
zipper, the way it is used in this bag makes it so easy! The instructions are pretty clear and I love the print-at-home pdf pattern. I don't like having to re-size patterns. I made the large size and I love it. I can see myself making another bag with this pattern, it was A LOT of fun, especially making the pockets and seeing how the zipper is attached to the bag. Just buy it! You won't regret it and you can use whatever materials you have! This would make a great pattern to use thrifted fabrics.
Since I didn't
use interfacing, this bag is incredibly light in weight and has a
"saggy" look which my sister demanded for! My problem with interfacing
is that it incredibly adds a lot of weight to a bag in my opinion, and
makes it stiff from my experience. So instead I used a heavier weight cotton.
Regarding the handle details, quite honestly I often keep the bag at my shoulder not over the body style like messenger bags are. I'm self-conscious about the strap pressing against my chest..and perhaps revealing a bit too much "boobage"? But it was really cool learning how to make the strap! The cotton webbing is a bit too thick...so I suggest polypropylene webbing.
Some funny notes:
a.) I broke a Clover seam ripper :( I don't want to go into details, but it left me a little upset. I am searching for a new one, so if anybody has recommendations, I'd appreciate it! I love Clover products.
b.) After making these bags, I think I am addicted to double fold bias tape now. I want to put it on everything like pillows and pincushions now.
I was bidding on eBay for some vintage lots of bias tape, but have been outbidded so many times! I was thinking of just getting half yard cuts of solids and making my own. But, the convenience of buying bias tapes (especially vintage) is they come in so many cool colors and saves time. Also buying vintage is cheaper than buying new ;D
Recommendations on bias tape sources?
Front view! The one on the left is mine and the one on the right belongs to my sister.
I added an elastic (or gathered pocket) to the back. Not totally necessary but cool for small things like snacks or a water bottle.
Since I didn't use interfacing, cutting went quickly! Though I pressed and pressed and pressed like crazy, me and my iron were best friends! I cannot imagine sewing without an iron, I'd go insane.
When adding the bias tape for the first time on the lining side, use the "narrower" or skinnier part of the bias tape, so when you flip it over to top-stitch, that it the correct way. This was my first time attaching double fold bias tape *correctly* and it turned out beautifully. I love bias tape a lot now!
I top-stitched the edge of the pocket flap before attaching it to the exterior of the bag, just to keep it pretty and stuff!
The zipper is one of my favorite parts, one the things that irritate me about zippers is the complication of their ends, sometimes they end up looking funny in a project, sometimes they look great. By installing the zipper following pattern instructions, it's so easy, no need to worry about zipper ends!
I used a sports zipper (or molded plastic zipper), which kind of complicates things. You can't sew over the teeth as you would a regular zipper. So I had to hand sew on the cute little zipper end tab with embroidery floss.
Making the handles. I used an extra tutorial (stated above), I over-think simple things, egh!
I do love sport zippers (molded plastic zippers) because they open and close VERY easily. So if you were to make this for someone with arthritis, fantastic! See how wide the bag is when open? Lovely! I also added a zipper pocket and a key clasp.
When I was finished with this bag first, I was surprised at how smaller it in in comparison to the Go Anywhere Bag (behind it). It's a great size to carry the essentials and a few other extras. It's super light and I can see everything in the bag.
Funny shot of my serger! It's getting some use :) It's a Janome 204D.
My next posts will be about a cat-litter mat (how odd!) and maybe an emery pincushion :) And dang it, need to finish that hourglass quilt!
Any-who, thanks for clicking by and reading my review ;D