There is a thing about prototype sewing. Hey guys! I wanted to show you a makeup/accessories bag that I made and I call it this for lack of a better term. I had a ton of scrap denim and some lining fabric in my scraps, so I decided to start making prototypes and this is the third one that are made that I’m happy with so went through some things and discover the what I didn’t like and in the end what I DID Like, so let me show the features the bag. We will do a sew-along if you’re interested in seeing the techniques I used, because I’m going to make some more and I’ll be happy to capture details of it as a make them. If you’re interested then please let me know.
Meanwhile, let me show you some details in the design of the bag. The pattern that I have and will make available to you is going to be a couple of inches taller and shorter in length than this one. I make this bag a longer and shorter for my style of travel. I always use a carry-on bag so don’t quite have the height that the normal pattern bags have. I can make this pattern available too if you’re interested, but the one that Iget set up that I’m input on the web site for you to download is a bit taller and a little bit more narrow. Let me show this bag again I used denim and a yellow zipper top stitching thread to insert the zipper. Pull Tabs are made of the lining material: and it’s a little bit thicker than lining so it’s like a velvet well maybe not velvet, but it has a nice slick feel to it so it’s a really nice weight fabric.
I can’t even recall where I bought it. I guess of some scrap table somewhere along the way. One of things I discovered in trying to get the pull tabs in the center. I am kind of a perfectionist when it comes to this stuff and so I was trying to get it in the center and I use two different techniques and you’ll see one is more centered the one down here on the zipper pull is centered were this one down here is not perfectly centered this one down here I sewed a basting stitch to attach it to the lower portion and then I start thinking well for the zippers is what shows you the tab alignment. So on this one I did the basting a on the zipper side and it’s much more square even though it’s not perfect I’m still just a little bit to the left so I didn’t pay close enough attention when sewing it on.
I tend to be a perfectionist on these things, so a look for an easy way to to make things come out correct in the end so that’s one of the things that I’ll show you when we sew it together. I will sew it to the zipper on both sides inner so that things staying nice and lined up. So let me unzip it and I will show you the difference in what I did. I did a drop-in lining. I’ve seen the tutorials where people sew them up and use the opening along the seam on the bottom to leave the opening hole to to pull the bag to through it. I just don’t like seems like that exposed in the middle lining so much goes in there gets moved around and to me it is something going get torn up in the end, so I decided to the drop in drop-in lining and all I did cut the lining and the outer fabric out using the same pattern and when I sewed them up I sew the lining with a 5/8th inch seam allowance and I sewed the outside part of the bag with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and that seemed to be just enough for the difference to allow the lining fits nice and snugly and it’s not sitting inside the bag with the wrinkles in a everything stays nice and snug.
The other thing I tested was trying to get my fusible stabilizers on it and let me show you what I ended up using. What I first started with is this deco bond from Pell on and its stiff and it finitely doesn’t really turn or flex well you can see the creases that it. I did a prototype using it and I wasn’t happy with the results.
It just didn’t feel right so what I ended up using for the exterior was fusible fleece you can see it here it’s a Pellon 987F and I like it the best. I tend to buy the full bolt of things I like because I know I’ll use a lot of it. So, that was ironed onto the denim.
So the pattern has cutouts for the side seems. I just cut the squares out that form the side seams and I fuse the fleece onto the denim and then i cut around the size seam areas are you know the fleece all fears and show them we do the construction it’s what I found was the easiest way to get a good clean cut. For the lining I used they call this a medium-weight I’m and I just have scraps of it. So I can’t recall the exact type this is but it’s fairly thin to me but anyway I do know to medium weight so if you find a medium-weight fusible and as I grab it and you can kind of see as I’m moving it around it’s not real thick and it’s fairly pliable but it made a huge difference when I put that on the lining it gives the bag a much more substantial feel so all I did to attach the lining is use a slip stitch to attach it on up and down at the zipper.
I know some people don’t like don’t care for hand sewing, but the only other way I can think of doing this without hand sewing. I folded back these edges on the lining about 1/8th of an inch to give me a a clean edge here to come along and stitching along and stitch the lining to the zipper I think if you just went back a half inch you could bring it forward some and you could use some basting tape both on this side and on this (the denim) side and you may be able to get this under the foot of your sewing machine and top stitch it along here and this will prevent you from hand sewing it.