How I Made My Victorian Sewing Bag Tutorial - Step 1
First some answers before you even asked the questions... I thought it a lot before I began and here are the things I felt were important to me.
1. It had to be practical. I wanted something I could set on a park bench as well as toss into the car. The embellishments were going to have to be simple enough that they wouldn't be catching or snagging on things.
2. I wanted it to be large enough to carry my supplies and a project but not so large and heavy that I needed a wheeled cart to move it.. My favorite tote is 15"x15" so I chose those dimensions. (16"x16" to allow for seam allowances.
3. My favorite tote has a pocket on the outside which I love but no pockets on the inside which I wanted... side ones that would hold my smaller supplies and needle book and a zippered pocket which could hold a wallet when I carried just the sewing bag and not a purse.
4. Flap or no flap?? The deciding factor was travel... It is just too easy when traveling (or shopping) for a hand to slip into an open tote and extract a wallet.
5. It absolute had to be beautiful as well as functional. I want people to comment on it and ask about crazy quilting.
There were reasons for this choice. The main consideration was I wanted to do it in sections so the pieces were a size that could be easily handled for handwork... A 16" square is not all that much larger than a usual CQ block. Secondly I wanted to avoid bulky seams when possible and doing it in three pieces still allowed for minimal seams plus workable sizes... (Later as I move along in the tutorial I will talk about using a pattern.)
With these decisions out of the way the next installment will be: "Step 2 -Avoiding Bulky Seams."
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