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“Straight Stitch Society” it is written assuming no prior knowledge and
is set out in easy bite size stages – meaning I could easily put down
and pick up the project over a couple of days. I would not however
recommend it for a complete novice, as it will not provide the instant
gratification beginners often need to remain motivated (or maybe that’s
pleased with the outcome – the pattern gives you all the information you
need to get a really professional look to your finished bag. The method
does require patience, with reading and re-reading of the instructions
(this is not a late night project or one for a last minute gift!) but
having said this I was really pleased with the technical skills I learnt
along the way – such as a super neat way to make a patch pocket and a
really easy way to make enclosed zipped pocket within the lining.
short, well worth the hard-work if you want to take your bag making to
the next level and increase your skill set along the way – just don’t
expect to be finished in a couple of hours.
sure you stick to the seam allowances specified – these vary throughout
the project but with so many pieces to stitch, getting this wrong would
mean a slipcover that does not fit!
fleece (instead of the iron-on interfacing specified) onto the outside
pieces of the main bag, the slipcover, and the straps to give the bag
more body and helped it maintain it’s shape. I was pleased with the
finish this gave but it did mean it took me longer to complete the
project as I had to do a lot more top-stitching than specified in the
pattern – this top-stitching helped to keep seams reasonably flat. In
total I used one metre of fusible fleece.
holes of the slipcover are the very last process as outlined in the
pattern – if like me you are not too confident with making button holes –
do these first while your facings are not attached to the slipcover, as
then, if the worst does happen, you can easy make a new facing and not
have to worry about ruining all your hard work on the slipcover so far.
Materials I used:
♥ Change Your Mind Slipcover Bag Pattern by Straight Stitch Society
♥ Fabrics, all part of the ‘Set Sail’ range by Jay-Cyn for Birch
♥ Fusible Fleece
♥ Beach Ball Buttons