Everything Is Finished

If you’ve been reading the last few posts, you know that I’ve spent the better part of the week working on a LARGE item for my baby and newborn swap. I’m happy to say – it’s finished!

Thankfully, the rest of the bag was put together without any real problems. Since the brocade was heavily interfaced, sewing it didn’t give me many issues (although it did appear to ‘shrink’ if I ironed it too much) and I think using this material makes the bag very striking. Since it’s not a mid-weight fabric the bag doesn’t hold it’s shape as well as the one in the book, but my partner loves red and black brocade so I don’t think she’ll mind that it’s not nearly as boxy.
Overall, I like the design of the Everything Bag. It’s well thought out and is different than anything else that I’ve seen. However, this is not a bag for beginners! It definitely helps having some pursebag making experience behind you before attempting this project. Will I be making this one again? Probably not, I’m leaning more toward the “Modern Diaper Bag” now that I have this one behind me (you can see a great version at sewer-sewist).
Some tips if you plan on making the Everything Bag for yourself:
1) Cut precisely, double check your measurements.
2) To achieve a look like the photograph in the book, try, as much as possible, to follow the recommended materials list. This includes using a mid-weight fabric and fusible Peltex (if you can’t find fusible, then baste the layers together).
3) Reading the directions before you work on your bag. If you have difficulty with a step, try a mock up with some scrap material or baste as you go. This may save you some frustration if you need to rip out stitching!

6 thoughts on “Everything Is Finished

  1. sewer-sewist

    Your bag turned out beautifully, Stacy! You’re a real trooper for working with that picky fabric for this. I’m sure your swap partner will be ecstatic to have a bag that’s so lovely.

  2. melissa

    Ah, I love the brocade, I wasn’t expecting that! It looks like it’s well worth all your troubles – you’re going to get years of use out of that!

  3. theatergrrl

    I was Stacysews’ partner on this swap and the recipient of this bag. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks now and I LOVE this bag. The brocade fabric is wonderful and a great pop of color. The pockets really hold a lot and make it easy to organize by category. The outside pockets are helpful to have for water or to hold my wallet & cell phone. That strange floating panel is helpful in keeping my larger items tidy such as the changing pad, hooter hider, and mommy care bag. The size of it is not too big and fits nicely in my carseat stroller.
    Thanks again for making this wonderful bag for me. I think of you and the swap nearly every time I use it!

  4. Michelle

    Love how this bag turned out! I came across your site on a Google search since I’m in the middle of making it myself and having problems. (I foolishly thought I could tackle this even though I’ve never made a bag before.) Any tips for how to sew the bottom lining panel on? I can’t seem to maneuver it onto my machine with the stiff divider panel in the way.

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