I'm so excited to have you here for the Patchwork, Please Sew Along! Ayumi is such a sweet friend and an amazing creator. I don't think you'll find anyone nicer in the sewing world. I was thrilled when I learned she was writing this book.
I think the trickiest part of the bag is sewing the base pieces of the lining and the exterior to the sides of the bag. A tip: Put a dot 1/4" from each corner on the wrong side of your base pieces. When you sew up each side of the base, just line those dots up with the seam on your side pieces and sew between those points only, backstitching to lock your stitches. (And if you do end up with bunchy corners, no one is going to notice but you.)
One more thing-- the lining and exterior cutting measurements are the same. I wasn't thinking of this at the time, but because the top edge of the exterior is folded down a total of 1.5" to enclose the lining and cover, the lining is too big. It's not a huge deal, but it would fit a lot better if either the interior height was decreased by 1.5" or the exterior height increased by 1.5".
I have 5 Aurifil sample packs, mini fabric packs and stickers from Form & Fabric, and an interfacing charm pack from Pellon to give away. (Sorry, U.S. addresses only due to shipping costs. Although if you're not in the U.S., you can always gift these to a friend who is!) Just comment below! I'll pick winners on Friday.
And you're sewing along with us, this week you can also win a 1/2 yard bundle of Essex linens from Robert Kaufman and a $20 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabric by linking up your shopping bag at Deb's blog!
Make sure to visit the other participants in the Sew Along to see each project in the book:
August 26: Krista | Spotted Stone Studio :: Piece-of-Cake Shopping Bag
September 2: Lori | Bee in My Bonnet :: Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch
September 9: Amy | During Quiet TIme :: Vintage Pencil Case
September 16: Svetlana | SOTAK Handmade :: I-Love-My-Ipad Quilted Cover
September 23: Amber | One Shabby Chick :: Handy Market Tote
September 30: Deb | A Quilter’s Table :: Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch
October 7: Leila | Where the Orchids Grow :: Prettified Pincushion
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