Sunday, March 13, 2011

Final stage of the Sew along


Our last task for the sew along was to do the binding for the top edge, side top edge and handles (7 - 14 March). Upon completion, your reversible bucket bag will be ready, and all that's left to do after that will be to get a good spot for a photo shoot *grin*  
I was very skeptical about the flimsy bias tape handles and left the binding till the very last minute to complete while at the same time checking out the sew along Flickr group for the completed bags. My main concern is because I have never worked with bias tapes for binding bags or use them as handles before. But judging from Kak Dee, Anic, Bea and Nadiah's post on the project, I gathered my wits and went ahead with it.

Here's how I did it: 

1. Mark the centre line and sew the button loop making sure the triangle tip is facing down. 

2. Attach the top edge first - unfold your bias tape, stitch the narrow bit on one side of the fabric, fold it over to the other side (smooth it out nice and neat) and stitch it again on the top catching the wider bias tape at the back as you go along OR to avoid heartache and hair pulling slip stitch the folded bias tape and top stitch the whole thing later *grin*

3. Attach the side edge and handles - The same technique as above, but you need to adjust the bias tape to fold in half at the handles, you may need to press the line again. I couldn't find the measurement for the handles anywhere in the pattern, so I adjusted as I went along.

4.Top-stitching (not in the pattern) - Nadiah of color me pretty did this and I thought it looked neat and did the same for my bag. I used my edge stitch foot for this purpose for a neat finish. While you edge stitch, remember to fold your button loop upward and stitch that as well.  

The flower brooch was inspired by Anic, and you can get the different style how to here, here and here.  


Here's the sizes for my reversible bucket bag:
Bag Size: 38cm (in the middle) x 33cm (in the middle)
Base size: 24cm x 10cm
Handle size: 57cm (l) x 2.5cm (w)

All in all a great pattern and I'm very glad I made it. Thank you to everybody that joined our sew along and others who supported and cheered us along the way. To those who are not yet there, take your time and be inspired by many who already have completed their project. Join our Flickr group and upload your pictures and leave a comment or two. 

Attaching bias tape by Amy Karoll
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30 comments:

DiahRothman said...

Congratulations Sue...what a lovely colour and neat jobs.

KakDee top stitch the handle too and sandwich in a fusible fleece to get a better structure and sturdy handle and durability.

SewLove said...

wah cantiknye beg akak..kemas tul akak jahit handle tue..tgk polkadot tue sebaris cantik je..jeles arr tgk..

Anic said...

Congratulations! The bag is very pretty..

I ended up top stitching the handles too... :)

NuReEn faRhaN said...

sangat cantik. nampak gayanya ramai yg dh siap SA ni. but mine langsung xsentuh pun lg..hoho..sgt teruk kn???

MyBotanG said...

Lak Dee - thank you to you and the others who completed the bag first.. I learnt a lot from your experience and applied it to my binding.

MyBotanG said...

*typo Lak - Kak*

Nurul from Sew Love - Thank you. Masa potong bias tu, I tried to cut ikut polka dot tu.. :) *plus 5 minggu menjahit satu bag.. biasa-2 within 1-2 days aje.. a lot of time to contemplate..*

MyBotanG said...

Anic - thank you to you and our other sew along members who completed the project earlier.. I got to learn from your experience and apply it..

top-stitching the handles made it look sturdier somehow and neater.. :)

Nuren Farhan - x pe, at least now you can get lots of ideas and learn from our experiences.. and nanti when you have time, you can complete your bag..

MamaDaniel said...

memang sweet la beg ini... :D suka bunga pada button tu... saya nye dah siap dah.. jemputla tengok.. hehe.. tapi button x buat bunga.. aci tak? hehehe

Rosh said...

wah, so sweet. many have finished theirs but mine is still delayed... hehehe... better catch up lol..

Mila@Rimbun said...

so sweet....i like green color.

on the strap matter, I think, the most difficult thing for me to do is to make it even for both side. I do experience tetas menetas nii sbb handle tak sama hahaha. satu panjang skit n satu pendek skit.

Mrs T said...

So pretty. I have printed and cut out the pattern, but not cutting any fabric. it seems so hard. anyway,.. congratulation for a great result.

Marie said...

uhh jeles la org lain dah siap..i blum berkesempatan untuk siapkan the bag yet. i wish i have more n more time..huhu

Marie said...

btw sue, your bag is soo pretty. i likeee green...yummy!

Suzie said...

Cantik ...suka sangat hijau tu...saya punya pun dah siap ...

nizacraft said...

k sue.... cantik....esp yg pink with the tree.. (tree ke tu) hehehe


ehem.... bila next sew along ek :D

opsiedaisy said...

nice fabric combination and very neat job...i like :)

nai said...

sue, i love your fabric choices. sebelum ni i tak perasan sangat.. tapi lepas jadi bag so cun lah! and very neat job too!

MyBotanG said...

thank you for your lovely comments..

Zila - I love how yours turned out, lovely..

Rosh - at least now you have lots of motivation and inspiration and can start working on your project.. can't wait to see how yours turn out.. all the best!!

Mila - thank you..
about the handles - tu la kan.. I wonder what other ways our sew along members used to make sure the length is balance besides agak-2 like me and you.. hhhmmm

MyBotanG said...

Mrs T - do give it a try, we have many first timers among us in our sew along group and apparently it is not as hard as it seems..(the instructions could have been more user friendly though.. sigh)

Marie - Don't we all wished we have more time.. sigh :) all the best.. can't wait to see your completed bag..
and thank you for your kind words :)

Suzie - thank you, saw yours on the Flickr group, thank you for uploading. well done on the completed project.

Hobby Mummy said...

sue, fabric yg cantik dan combintaion+ pattern, bag nie jadi gorgeous :),
kmaz punya masih tak siap lagi, tinggal tali tak pasang , semangat nak join berkobar2 tapi time buat mcm kura2. InsyaAllah dlm minggu ni akan disiapkan :)
Thanks sue for this lovely sew along bag.

MyBotanG said...

niza - yup, green tree on pink background.. i love the odd colour combo :) yikes!! next sew along.. hhhhmmmm nak jahit pulak lepas ni ek.. :)

opsiedaisy - thank you and thank you :D

nai - thank you, I love how fabrics look differently before and after we turn it into something.. 5 minggu kau belek satu bag ni..hehehehe

MyBotanG said...

kmaz - thank you, hope to see your completed project soon.. I was intimidated with the bias tape binding and handles at first but biler baca others' post about it not being too bad, rasa bersemangat nak cuba sendiri.. glad to have had so many people join the sew along and motivate and help each other along the way.. :)

Bea said...

Wow! So beautiful & gagah...I use this word bcoz the top stitching made the handle look more sturdy. Gonna add that to mine too. Love the lacey flower brooch:)haha... x sangka 5 minggu belek satu beg je.

MyBotanG said...

Bea - heheh i like the word gagah.. :) the topstitching kind of made it sturdier.. the lacey flower brooch was my first attempt, added the lace as my covered button was too small and looked awkward on its own..
ya la kan.. the length of the sew along was 5 weeks.. belek sket then put it aside.. then belek lagi.. a lot of time to contemplate on the next move.. :)

a.n.i.Q.u.e said...

I love your bag Sue, i like your choice of colors ! Ada nak jual tak ???

:-D

MyBotanG said...

Hi Ann, thank you. This one already has a buyer.. Will let you know if I make another..

MAK TEH said...

love love yr bag,ahem..mine ? handle belum jahit,busy-sch hol.and guest,dah lebu tape tu..asyik tetas memanjang.

Marie said...

yahoo! sue, finally i made it...!
jemput la ke my blog
http://ladycino-crafts.blogspot.com/2011/03/reversible-bucket-bag-is-here.html

sizuhara^misaki said...

camna nak join sew along ni yer?.

MyBotanG said...

hi, as you can see, we have completed the sew along.. But you can always refer to the notes in the weekly updates to guide you through.

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