I have made a few of these bowling bags in the past, and I always forget that they are not like a tote bag when I’m constructing them. So I decided to document the journey so I would remember…LOL.
All of my handbags have outer fabric, a fill (thick felt), and a lining. But when I made my first bowling bag I learned that this was not enough to give the bags the needed structure. So I did some research and voila, I rediscovered HeatnBond Fusible Interfacing Heavy Weight. Remember that company that makes iron vinyl and interfacing. Well I found out that they make a stiff interfacing that is just great for handbags.
As a side note: in the past I have used Vilene S520 interfacing which is also wonderful, however can be expensive. Since I am on a budget the HeatnBond Fusible Interfacing Heavy Weight works just as well. Here is a picture of all three layers except the lining.
Step 1: I need to put the three layers together in this order fabric, felt, and heavy interfacing. Another thing I learned in the process. cut the HeatnBond slightly smaller than the outer pattern pieces, I made separate patterns for all the pieces and labeled them extra interface piece. I ironed the HeatnBond pieces to the felt and then sewed those pieces to the outer fabric.
Step 2: I added feet to the bottom of the bag, I like the way they look and how they lift the bag bottom up a little.
Part 3: Inserting zipper and sewing top, sides, and bottom together creating a circle tube pattern. Another tip I remembered was to tape the zipper to the top edges before sewing. I also added piping all around the circle tube, this also adds body to the bag… Ps is a nice bit of detailing also.
Step4: Sewing the outer pocket to the front of the bag
Step5: Checking to see if bag requires any adjustments. I pinned the front to the and everything fit…
Well, My eyes and fingers were getting tired…
Check out the next steps:
Adding inner zippered pocket and cell phone pocket
Sewing all the lining pieces and adding handles to outer bag
Putting it all togther 🙂
- Making your projects look professional… pillow details and a zipper how-to. (barij.typepad.com)
- Tips and Tricks: Bag Lining with Built-in Pockets (remilyknits.wordpress.com)