The one thing about bag making is that you can toil away for hours and not look like you’ve made much progress.
When I make something that I know is going to take awhile to work on, I try sew it in chunks and leave off at what feels like a ‘natural stopping point’ (so I don’t have to go back and figure out what I left off and what needs to come next, etc.). Consequently, this is where I left off with my Clover – the flap.
Oh, the flap. I won’t say it’s a hot mess, but I can honestly say that this is not my best work. I am patting myself on the back that I made an awesome looking handle…. I even added rivets which look incredibly professional, but the bulk that I contended with really messed with how the flap turned out over all. You see, I decided last minute to skip the piping – with a change in fabrics I didn’t really see that it added anything to the bag. In hindsight, I think I needed to use the piping to ‘hide’ the lining that keeps wanting to peek out around the strap edges (because of the bulk in this area, you just can’t push that lining back where it belongs, even if you trim down the seam allowance). So, I went with it. Yes, you read that right, I just rolled out the lining a smidge along the entire edge and stitched it in place that way…. sort of like a weird faux piping.
Other issues I had with this flap? Well, I discovered Peltex melts. There is a section that you create a stiff ‘handle rest’ (for lack of a better term) that is made by sandwiching popsicle sticks in between Peltex. Since my peltex is iron on I decided to fuse these sections together…. and melted a portion of it. This technique does create a very stiff area that the handle is placed on (it appears that it is the area that will be on the top of the bag and folded over to the front to latch), but the rest of the flap seems floppy in comparison – like it needs more interfacing.
To say that this bag is ‘challenging’ is probably an understatement. After looking through photos and comments others have made about this pattern, I see that I’m not the only one saying that, either. At this point, I’ve invested enough money into this sucker, I’m going to finish it come hell or high water, but I’m pretty sure the end result isn’t going to be pretty. Good thing this bag is just for me.