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Before Retreat, I was lucky enough to be sent some Alison Glass Field Day for a project I was working on (more on that another day!). I had some of the panel print left and whilst pondering my need (yep, need!) for a Sew Together bag, I realised it would be perfect for the exterior panel.
To add a bit of interest (and because I just don’t trust fusible wadding!) I added three lines of 3-step zig-zag stitching either side of the panel print in a bright pink and the exterior was done.
For the inside, I used a mix of Alison Glass Sun Print for the pocket linings and fabrics from Simply Solids stash club for the pocket exteriors. A little more Field Day for the binding and it was done.
As before, I finished all the binding by hand and then machine stitched the zipper tabs to the bag for added strength. I found that the easiest way to do this was to turn the bag almost inside out like so and pin/glue baste in position………
I am so happy with how this came out – it’s overly bright and a little bit bonkers but I love it and it holds so much stuff! It was finished in time for retreat and even a random lady on the train commented on it!!!!
I did make a few adjustments to the original pattern;
- Moved the exterior pocket fold line out by 1/4″
- Cut the binding at 2″ and hand-finished it on both side seams and top zip
- Interfaced the zipper tabs
I love it so much I’ve even used a scotch-guard spray to stop it getting dirty! Have you ever used a scotch guard? It’s fantastic for bags and really does help to protect them……I remember making my Liberty Lapin Noir and on its first outing – which happened to be to a toddler group – a cup of juice got spilt all over it and I was able to just brush it off with no absorption. Magic I tell you!
Today’s sky::: a mix of blue and sunshine and grey and rainy