As soon as Harry went to sleep this morning, I tried to catch up on a couple of things – I made a name label for granddaughter Layla’s jacket for school, I fixed a stuffed toy that was coming apart, I pulled a bunch of stuff out of the closet that I needed and to do that required moving half of everything in the room and then putting it back, I fixed where Layla had gotten stuck on the little stamped cross stitch project I started her on, and I caught up on some emails. Just as I was finishing the emails, I could hear Harry start singing – he only slept for an hour! I’m happy that I got quite a bit accomplished in an hour, but boy, I sure would like some more free time!
Thankfully, GG (Great-grandma) was up for a bit of Harry time and I came back upstairs to get a bit done on the Rooster Bag. I had decided to fussy cut the fabric for the bottom and sides, to make sure the fabric was upright from both sides. As I was cutting it, I realized – I don’t know how to read Chinese – I have no idea if it is upright or not! Duh! I was literally LOL at my stupidity!
I jumped online to see if I could find this particular fabric, hopefully photographed right side up. No luck. Then I thought to compare it to the rooster fabric – it also has Chinese writing and I know which way that one goes for sure! Sure enough, there were a couple of symbols that kind of looked the same, so the way I cut looked right. I sewed them together, and I just figure, if anyone ever tells me they are upside down, I will just apologize for my ignorance!
The directions called for heavy non-fusible interfacing, and I had nothing non-fusible. I yelled down to my mom, and asked what she had, and turns out she had a special interfusing just for making bags and purses! Yay, Mom! After basting the interfusing on, I stitched three lines down the length of the piece- the directions call for five lines, but I didn’t want to go into overkill. Trust me, three lines of stitching looks fine and I guess that is all I will do on the strap as well.
Next comes pinning the side/bottom to the front and back sections of the purse. It really is important to clip as you are trying to go around a curve.
first side pinned
first side sewn
Then the other side-
second side pinned
second side sewn
Turned it right side out and voila! Doesn’t look bad! Again, I am surprised by the size – but I am really happy with the size of the Hippie Bag so I believe I will also really like the size of this one.
This is where I have to stop tonight, even though I would love to continue on. The next step is to attach the tabs with the D rings to hold the strap- I bought two sizes of D rings, and they are both too small. Going to search through some old stuff and see if I have the right size (2”), if not, I will have to make a run to Hancock Fabrics or Jo-ann’s tomorrow.
This bag does not have a zippered top, so I may try to create a tab to go over and button. There is a zippered pocket inside, but I prefer to be able to close the top in some manner. This would also offer a perfect opportunity for embellishment!