Thank you for joining the Cosmo Bag Sew Along. I’ve been working on this at home and it’s going to be such an awesome bag when(ever) I get it done. I hope you ‘re having better luck finishing up in a timely manner! I would love to see what you’ve done. Now, let’s have Rhonda take us around for the last lap.
Since our last post, the Cosmo Bag has made quite the transformation! All of the tabs have been added, along with hardware and straps. I thought the first bag was great, but I like this one even more than the first!
To finish our bags, we’ll begin with the tabs. From pattern pieces #10 and #11, you will need to cut 2 of the exterior fabric, 2 from the contrasting fabric, and 2 interfacing pieces. Since I am using leather as my exterior fabric, I eliminated the interfacing as the tab would become too bulky. If you are using a cotton fabric, by all means interface the tabs. A nice fusible cotton works beautifully.
Take note that there is a small dot along the seam line. When sewing the tabs together, you will begin from the top of one side and then sew around to the dot. If you sew all the way around, it will make turning the tab very difficult. The seam allowance around the tab is 1/4″.
Once I stitched the seam, I then trimmed the seam allowance down to 1/8″. After the seam has been trimmed, turn the tabs to the right side.
Once the tabs have been turned, edge stitch around the entire tab.
The #11 piece will be used at the bottom of the bag and the D-ring will be inserted into the tab.
Using a zipper foot, stitch across the tab to secure the D-ring.
The long end of the tab will be sewn to the inside of the extension at the bottom of the bag. Where the tab matches to the extension, stitch around all 3 sides.
Now, hold the front side tab against the front of the bag and stitch only across the bottom of the tab.
The #10 pattern piece will be used for the tabs at the top of the bag. Prior to sewing the tab to the bag, insert 2 round rings.
Stitch the tail of the tab to the inside of the bag only along the end.
Flip the tab to the outside of the bag and sew around the tab to secure it to the bag.
The straps of the Cosmo Bag allow for many design options. The picture below is from the Studio Kat website. Take note that the outside of the strap is one fabric and the inside has a contrasting strip running down the center. In the pattern, you will find a pattern piece for a wrapper, the piece that goes around the webbing that is used for the strap and you’ll also find another pattern piece for the contrasting strip that is running down the center on the inside of the strap. This makes a lovely accent for the bag.
With the first bag that I made, I elected to forgo covering the strap all together. I used a nylon belting that worked perfectly.
For the sew along bag, since my fabric had this wonderful stripe, I decided to cut strips for my straps. I simply measured the width around my strapping and then cut the strip wide enough to also allow for a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Since the stripe also had a decorative line running on either side, I decided that I didn’t need to cover the seam. The strips were turned with a safety pin.
Once the strip was turned, I then threaded the belting through the strip with a safety pin.
For the crossbody option, you will need to create 2 straps that are 13 1/2″ long. The straps will finish a little shorter as each end will be turned back and stitched to secure the D-ring and the clip.
For the straps, you will need to cut 2 straps that are 32″ long. At 1 end you will thread the buckle through. This is VERY important as this is what allows the straps to be adjustable. Once the buckle has been threaded through, turn the end back and stitch in place. Then take the other end of the strap and thread it through the inside ring and then through the buckle as you see below.
At the other end of the strap, attach a clip.
Repeat with the strap for the other side.
To create the shoulder bag option, take the opposite strap and thread it through the 2 rings,
and then clip the strap to the D-ring at the bottom of the bag.
To create the backpack option, simply clip the same strap to the same side of the bag.
For the crossbody option, you will need to attach the strap extensions to the D-rings at the bottom of the bag,
then thread the D-ring at the other end of the extension through the 2 rings.
and finally clip the shoulder strap to the extension.
On the opposite side, the extension will only be threaded through the outside ring.
The bag is complete!
One of the claims to fame for this bag is that it is large enough to carry your I-Pad. It is!!!
As you can now see, this is a very versatile bag, and there are so many ways to customize the design and make it your own. You can accent the bag with leather or suede as I did. Studio Kat offers the optional pocket flap design feature. You can find the free downloadable pattern HERE on her website. You are the master over the strap design as you can customize the straps in so many ways. A bag that allows you to be a designer is truly a hit in my book!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the sew along and that you have been able to create a bag that you will enjoy using for years to come.
If by chance you have not purchased the pattern, but would like to do so, you can find it HERE in shopsewitall.com.