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Finished Friday | The Rockstar Bag

I’m so excited to share this finish! I have been wanting to make The Rockstar Bag for a while, so I made sure it was one of the first few bags on my list to make in 2016.

Front of the Rockstar Bag

Front of the Rockstar Bag

My daughter, Callie, wanted a bag so I told her this one was for her. I had her look through my fabric stash and choose the prints. She said she loves text prints, and chose the Graffiti print in black from Our Town designed by Michelle D’Amore for Contempo Studio/Benartex. She chose to stay with the text fabric theme with the lining and chose Sunprint Text in white by Alison Glass for Andover. I suggested that maybe we could have the exterior pocket flap be an accent fabric and pulled out the Edgar print from Nevermore designed by Gillian Fullard/London Portfolio for Michael Miller. She loved the idea of the quill, calligraphy pen and ink pot complementing the script text on the main fabric. I also suggested that we could use the new Glitter Mirror Canvas in white I had purchased from MiKri World Supplies. She said she’s not a big fan of bling, but that the glitter would be understated enough as accents that it would actually compliment the bag. I agreed. I also omitted the rivets on the exterior pocket flap as she repeatedly reminded me that she didn’t “like all the bling, Mom!”. She said she would never use a shoulder strap either, so I omitted that from this pattern as well.

Back of the Rockstar Bag

Back of the Rockstar Bag

I would classify this as an intermediate to advanced pattern. It comes together easily, but the parts I struggled with most were sewing around the tight corners on the sides of the bags. It wasn’t difficult, but definitely required slower sewing. After putting the binding on the inside seams and turning the bag right side out, I realized that I did not sew as close to the piping as I would have liked. I turned the bag inside out again, used my tiny zipper foot and tried to get as close as possible. That ended up giving me an inside seam of over 5/8″ in some areas. I’m not sure why my piping stuck out so far, but next time I’ll reduce the width of the fabric I use to wrap my cord to make the piping. That should bring the piping closer to the seam.

Bottom of the bag is Glitter Mirror Vinyl Canvas

Bottom of the bag is Glitter Mirror Vinyl Canvas

I chose to add some sturdiness to the bottom of the bag by adding some Glitter Mirror Vinyl Canvas over the main print. I like the look of adding contrasting bottoms to bags, and I think it shows the purse feet off nicely. Although it is white, any dirt should wipe off of the vinyl easily. Unfortunately, my repeated turnings of the bag ended up wrinkling the bottom. I am not too worried about it since it is on the bottom!

All the lovely hardware.

All the lovely hardware.

All of the hardware labels are from Emmaline Bags. The d-rings I used are bigger than they should be, so the next bag I make I will be sure to order the right size. Oops! Hopefully it won’t bother my daughter to see the oversized d-rings as much as it bothers me to see them.

Inside. Need to do better!

Inside. Need to do better!

Callie did not want a lot of extra pockets. She told me she would hardly use them. So the only pockets she has are the exterior pocket, the zippered flap of the exterior pocket and the inside zip pocket. I offered to add a slip pocket for her cell phone, but she said no. The exterior pocket and flap both had Annie’s Soft & Stable interfaced to one side. I didn’t like how thick that made the pocket feel so next time I will use some fusible fleece.

Finally in her possession!

Finally in her possession! (And it happens to match her Chucks!)

All in all, I really liked making this bag. I learned a new technique (binding the seam allowances inside), and discovered that I have a lot of work to do to get my piping to look nice. The next time I make this bag I would like to try doing a drop-in lining. We’ll see how that goes!

Linking up with TGIFF hosted by Laura (and Scarlett!) over at Quokka Quilts
and with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

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To-Do Tuesday 2-23-16 | Starting the Rockstar Bag

Hello, friends and Happy Tuesday!

Almost finished...

Almost finished…

I’d like to say I have a bag finish this week, but I am waiting on some hardware to complete The Window Shopper Tote. I purchased everything I needed last December, but it turns out that a lot of other members of the Bag Of The Month club are finding the oval handles are popping off the bag, or they are not seating right. These are lower quality handles that are locked into place with metal tabs. After hearing that other people were having problems with the handles I ordered different oval handles that are attached with screws. They are coming from China though, so it’s going to take a couple of weeks to get them in. Since this other oval hardware seems sturdier I think it’s worth the wait. Hopefully I will have a Finished Friday post for this project in a couple of weeks.

Fabric and Hardware pull for the Rockstar Bag

Fabric and Hardware pull for the Rockstar Bag

While I wait for the Window Shopper Tote hardware I am starting on my next bag, The Rockstar Bag by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. This bag is going to be for my youngest daughter, Callie, and she picked out all of the fabrics. For the exterior she chose the Graffiti print in black from Our Town designed by Michelle D’Amore for Contempo Studio/Benartex. The exterior flap will be fussy cut from the Edgar print from Nevermore designed by Gillian Fullard/London Portfolio for Michael Miller. The lining will be Sunprint Text in white by Alison Glass for Andover. Finally, the exterior straps, handles, and piping will be Glitter Mirror Canvas in white from MiKri World Supplies.

This will be my first time using the Glitter Canvas. I recently discovered it through the Sew Sweetness Facebook Group. It’s a lot thinner than the glitter vinyl I’ve purchased through Fabric.com, which means less bulk and struggle when sewing these bags. I think this bag may be more challenging than those I have already done, so I am not sure if I will be finished by next Tuesday. I will be thrilled if I am!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make The Rockstar Bag

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