At Sew News we love bags. We love making them, using them and giving them as gifts. Generally they’re so easy to make and can be easily interpreted for different lifestyles, body shapes and personal needs. On the Sew News and Sew It All website we have a great assortment of bag patterns and projects. And, don’t forget to visit Craftdaily.com for even further instruction on making bags of all sorts and sizes.
Today, we have a Rhonda Buss from Rhonda’s Creative Life starting our sew along for the Emily Bag from iThinksew. Today Rhonda will walk us through the pattern and discuss e-Patterns. At the end of today’s post there will be a short video as well as a link to a tutorial for printing out e-patterns. Enjoy! And don’t forget to post on Flickr as we sew-along.
The Emily Bag is one that everyone can use in their wardrobe. Perfect for the mom on the go, the student as well as anyone who needs a stylish bag to carry their things in to and from work.
The bag lends itself to lots of fabric combinations. It can be made with home dec fabrics, lined with cottons or as in the example, a faux leather.
The Emily bag pattern is a PDF pattern, which means you will need to download the pattern and print it at home or the copy shop. I call this instant gratification, because as soon as I pay for the pattern, I am able to instantly print it and start working on it immediately!
If you have never used a PDF pattern, this is a great one to start with as there are only 6 sheets of paper to the pattern. A few things to keep in mind when printing your pattern. Be sure that your printer is set to not scale the pattern. Choose the “actual size” option.
Once you have printed the pattern, simply tape the pieces together. Each pattern piece for this pattern has only one taped seam. Please pay close attention to the pattern pieces as you may tape over some of the instructions as I did in the example below. If you look closely, you’ll see that I taped over the instructions to cut 2 lining pieces. When I cut my first bag, I spent a good deal of time trying to figure out what I had done wrong with the lining until I discovered that I had not cut out 2 pieces!For this pattern, you will need to draft out 2 pattern pieces. This is VERY simple to do as both pieces are just rectangles.
For the purse bottom, draw out a rectangle that measures 13″ wide, by 7″ tall.The instructions state to cut the handle 4″ wide by 10″ long. I found the length of the handle to be a little short for my comfort of wearing the bag on my shoulder. So when I made the second bag, I lengthened the handle to 12″ long. This worked out quite well.When I print out the instructions sheets for a pattern, I like to put them into book form. It helps to keep all the sheets together and I can easily flip through the pages as I work. Simply stack the pages and then staple along the edge. To save a little on my ink, or printing costs, I always print the instructions out in black and white.
So download the pattern and get your materials ready. This is a bag that you will enjoy and it will make fabulous Christmas presents. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting one of these bags!!
Here is a tutorial on printing e-Patterns from the Sew News blog.
Be sure to check out the Emily Bag Sew Along Flickr group and post your fabric choices as well as your progress. I can’t wait to see your fabric combinations! I think this is going to be an especially fun sew along!!