Welcome back to the Sew News Beautiful Belle Handbag Sew-Along! We are so excited to see all the beautiful fabric choices you have made on our Flickr Belle Handbag Sew-Along Page. If you haven’t checked them out please do so.
For Week 2 portion of the sew-along we’ll be discussing marking & interfacing the bag and pattern pieces.
Have you visited the Sew News Flickr page? If not, be sure to take a look as I think you’ll be very inspired by the fabric combinations that have been posted for the Amy Butler Beautiful Belle Handbag Sew Along. Remember, the bag is great for gifts as well. It’s a great bag for the new mom, wonderful for the teen who enjoys attending sleepovers. The bag would also be a great gift for a graduating senior, and there are plenty of pockets to stash a little monetary gift as well!!
Now that you’ve chosen your fabrics, it’s time to cut out the bag. When cutting out the pattern, take note that there are 2 pieces to the exterior panel and they will need to be taped together. It is clearly marked as the Exterior Extension Panel. Simply line up the dots on the 2 pattern pieces and tape them together.
Please remember to fold over the lining panel to create the pattern piece for the pocket panels. Be sure to measure your cell phone if it is a large size or if you would like to include a battery pack etc in the pocket. Just enlarge the pocket pieces accordingly.
For this bag, you will need to cut:
2 Exterior Panels
2 Lining Panels
4 pockets Panels
2 Handles and 1 Cell Phone Pocket piece
I am making my bag out of a piece of vintage Barkcloth. It is a heavy weight fabric, similar to a home dec fabric, so I will not interface this fabric. If you are using a lighter weight cotton for the exterior of your bag, you will need to interface the exterior as well. The cell phone pocket as well as the pocket panels call for interfacing, but once again, I have chosen to cut these from the Barkcloth, so they will not need to be interfaced.
The pieces that I will be interfacing will be the handles and the lining panels.
Please note that if you have chosen to cut your handle out of leather or a leather like fabric, you will not want to interface the handles. Below are the handles that I will use, but I have interfaced them.
Included in the pattern is a stabilizer pattern. We will talk about this piece when we begin sewing the bag together.
Once all of the pieces of the bag have been cut, a few markings will need to be made.
There are 2 dots on the Exterior Panel. I like to poke through the dots and use a marking pen to mark the dots. There are many marking utensils available at your local fabric store or online. I like use a pen that is water soluble.
There are also 2 dots on the lining panel. It is VERY important that the dots on the exterior panel and the dots on the lining panel are marked. This will ensure that your bag will go together smoothly.
If you haven’t posted a picture of your fabric to the Flickr page, be sure and do so. Between now and next week, get your pattern pieces cut if you haven’t already.
A quick note about needles. Be sure that the needle you choose for your sewing machine is appropriate for the weight of your fabric. I noticed that a few of you will be using leather or a leather like fabric for your handles. Be sure to purchase a leather needle for your sewing machine. It will make a world of difference when sewing the leather.
If you have any questions you can always post here and or on Flickr.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of your bags as they begin to take shape. Let the fun begin!!!!!