Bold Bags Book, Project Insider Tips!
Lazies, Here is some insider info about getting started with the Bold Bags book…when it finally gets here.
Two of the bags, Mod (shown above) and Cup of Coffee (shown below), use the exact same supplies. Take a look at the project supply list. You can get that here.
For each of these bags, you need two sheets of croc, one handle from a double handle pair, and your choice of items from a package of Hooks, Rings, and Chains. These two bags use our new zipper installation – which I can’t wait for your to try.
Exclusively You Products: I used the ‘orange’ croc, which looks like a tanned leather version of orange. It’s definately a little more brown, a bit darker than a pumpkin. All of the seams on this project are wrong sides together, with the seam allowances to the outside and it creates a sophisticated, and modern, finish. The grain of the croc is vertical for the Mod bag, and horizontal for the Cup of Joan, I mean Cup of Coffee bag. That was my personal name for a ‘cup of joe’. Why must it be ‘Joe’? He’s not relevant here.
On the Mod bag, I attached a hook to a ring and added it to the ring of the handle.
My vision for the Mod bag was what I can best describe as an inside-out bag. What the heck does that mean? Well, the Mod bag is a zippered pocket with a handle. And it’s pretty darned flat, fron to back, at the top. I envisioned using the rings of the handle to attach a cell phone, keys, decorative fobs, small iPod, etc. Then use the zippered compartment for your Wonder Wallet, and other goodies that need safe-keeping. I thought the Mod bag would be perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle, with all the essentials clipped to the top of the bag and easily accessible.
The Cup of Coffee bag speaks for itself – I love coffee! Perhaps a little too much. Look at the strong fold where the front of the bag becomes the bottom. I did not use an iron for any pressing on this project. To achieve that sharp turn, I folded the bag right there, pinched it by hand, then used my sewing machine to stitch right next to the fold, from side seam to side seam, creating a ‘pin tuck’ if you will. I probably stitched about 1/16th of an inch from the fold. That gave the bag a sharp ‘edge’ for the front and back at the bottom of the bag. It also allows the bag to stand-up. I used the same technique for the bottom edge of the Mod bag, however, I did not stitch over the zipper.
I used a poly all-purpose 12″ zipper, in black, from Coats & Clark for each bag. I like their zippers because I can easily sew across the teeth.
Rings image courtesy of Leisure Arts.
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