Saturday, August 8, 2009

Boxy Bag & A Scarf

Ever since seeing a tutorial for a boxy bag, I have wanted to make one. Only problem was, I wanted no visible inside seams. So I started with this tutorial http://patchyapple.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/patchyapple-boxy-bag-tutorial/ to get the rough measurements, as I wasn't really up to working them out myself. I did the outside and inside in two pieces, so I have a seam at the bottom. This made it easier to sew the zip in, and also to do the lining.
I used fusible wadding/fleece to help strengthen the bag and help it to hold its shape. That proved to be a challenge in itself!! I sewed the zip on and unpicked the zip 3 times, as the fleece kept pushing my sewing off track, and my stitching would just drive off the side. Argh! Finally I sewed it on and it was perfect! Until I turned it over, and I had sewn the zip in upside down. So the inner fabric was going to be the outside. So I unpicked it AGAIN! 5th time lucky, I got it in perfectly. And the second half of the zip was a doddle after that lol
I put in a handle and a tab at the opposite end. I hand stitched the turning opening in the lining, as I am proud to say that I am finally getting better at it! :)
The fabric was a remnant from SL that is soooooo soft! It is like a heavier cotton, though not as heavy as a drill. It sews beautifully and I love the circles. The inside is also a remnant of cotton from SL.




Close up of the hand sewing :)



This scarf is finally finished! It was an UFO from a preious post, and I finished it a few weeks ago but have only just got around to taking photos. It is so warm and soft. I found the pattern here http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2007/06/my-june-scarf-slant-stitch.html.
I love the stitch design, though it does look better in a finer yarn and a single colour. But I followed a pattern from start until finish and it worked!




Cheers!

4 comments:

Tracy said...

The boxy bag is cute and I especially love the scarf. Well done.

AverettLadyNana said...

Scarf is beautiful!
Love the boxy bag...going to print off your TUT...and put it on my to do list...as if it isn't long enough already!!!

MoederKip said...

Oh I love that little boxy bag - great design and the fabric is just adorable!

Kat said...

Great work Liz! Love your zip work - looks awesome!