Saturday, February 27, 2010
How to Make a Round Topped Bag
You will need:
some heavier weight fabric such as a felted wool sweater, about 10" x 13"
a zipper at least 12" long, up to 14" or 15"
thread, either matching or contrasting
First, you cut out an oval shape from your wool, it doesn't really matter what size,
So, starting at the half-way point on one side, match the center of one side of the zipper, making sure that the zipper pull side is facing upwards! and top-stitch the wool down on to the fabric part of the zipper. You can use a zig-zag stitch if you like.
Next, just fold the oval in half horizontally, and sew seams on the two sides, from the place where the zipper teeth start (back-stitch here) to the folded edge.
Now it's time to "box the corners". This is to give the bag a squared corner bottom. You just turn the seam to lay flat against the bottom of the bag, and stitch a seam cross-ways about 1" from the point. you can experiment with how far away from the point you want to sew. The farthur away that you place the seam will give a wider, but shorter bottomto the bag.
When you turn it right side out, you will be so pleased with it! (I hope)
Then, you might want to embellish it somehow:
Any other ideas for how to vary the bag, or decorate it? I'd love to hear any ideas! michelle
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