Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sewing: A Ballet Bag
Actually it can be a cute tote. It just happens that my niece needs a ballet bag.
I bought a cute sewing book on how to make totes. I decided to make her this yummy bag.
Problem with some cute fabric, it needs to be quilted.
Cut out fabric, batting and backing according to pattern specifications. I needed two front and two back panels. Pinned the fabric, batting and muslin backing together. Sewed a freehand crazy loopy pattern on the fabric.
Here it is on the backside. I got better as time went on.
Here is the front of the bottom piece.
Once all the pieces were quilted. I embroidered my niece's name on the top front panel with my embroidery machine.
Next, Sew the bottom panels to the top pieces. Sew one side together. Important to take a minute and press all the seams open. I then top-stitched the side panel on both sides.
The pattern in the book was wrong so I actually had to take this sucker apart once.
Next, add a ribbon embellishment to the bag while you can lay it flat.
Sew the other side and the bottom of the bag. Next, the tricky part. Take the bottom corner and lay the corner like a triangle. Sew 2 1/2 inches in from the point. This will make a flat part of the bag. This is the bag sewn and unlined.
Next, make a pocket for the lining. Then sew one side of the lining together and sew the pocket in place. Sew the lining together, repeat the step above with the point of the bottom of the bag. Place the lining in the unfinished outer part of the bag with wrong sides together. It was tricky to get the lining to lay the way I wanted it but eventually it did.
Next make bias tape with one of the coordinating fabrics and pin it around the top of the bag. I hand sewed the bias tape in place because it makes it neater but you can do this with a machine.
Here is the picture of the pocket inside the bag.
I added a cute bow with the handles, and bows to tie it to close the bag.
A little up close picture. I hate the yellow lighting, I need to do something about it. I hope she likes the bag as much as I do.