First Of Many, Probably

I knew that I wanted to make several of these for Christmas gifts this year, but now that I have one under my belt, I definitely want to make more! However, seeing that this one is a swap gift, I’m saving the photo for the next page (so no peeking, Carrie)….

Overall the directions are o.k., but I found a few parts more difficult to understand – thankfully, there are lots of photos so I was able to get an idea of the steps I had questions on. Here’s a few things I learned:
1) Heavier weight interfacing will give a nice body to the bag. For this one, I used a woven – it’s soft, yet firm enough to retain it’s shape.
2) The hardest part of the instructions to understand was creating the box effect. I couldn’t make the ‘triangle’ shape so I used this method of squaring off the corners. I found the 1 1/2 inches was just he right size.
3) The inside of the bag is unfinished on each end. If you’re looking for a ‘clean’ look on the inside you might want to think about using a serger or enclosing the seams with bias tape.
Be prepared to see more of these in the future – they will definitely make a fabulous gift!

6 thoughts on “First Of Many, Probably

  1. melissa

    Looks great! By your unfinished comment, I thought it’d be unlined, but I see in the link you get to use two cool fabrics. So the question remain – what’s the inside of your yummy candy cane bag look like?

  2. Alicia P

    Love it! I actually got some fabric to make that same pattern but following the pattern I got 1/4 yard of fabric and after reading the directions later and seeing the dimensions are 16×12 my 1/4 yard cuts wont work. So, did you use fat quarters or 1/4 cuts? What are your dimensions?

  3. stacy

    I used a fat quarter for the exterior and stash fabric (a mistletoe print that I also use for the ‘cupcake wrapper’ in my most recent pincushion) for the inside. My finished measurements were 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 and 3 inches high. Although, you could adjust the height some by playing around with how deep you square off the bag. Blakley, if your husband doesn’t carry too much, it should hole his ‘essentials’ just fine, but you could easily adjust the measurements to make a larger version and just use a bigger zipper.

  4. Peggy

    These are really neat. Just a question, do you ever sleep? You amaze me with all you get done, how faithful you are to blogging and all while raising little ones. I think you are wonder woman.

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