Quilting and bag-making has also been much like that. I think that's part of the appeal of this whole fusing plastic bags together kick I'm on. It's like a big science experiment! Too cool!
I've made a couple more bags and thought I'd show you one today. I did a bunch of fusing, then cutting!
|Pieces for the next bag!|
I wanted to see how it would be to piece the bag - more of a patchwork/quilt type of look.
It's a little slippery to sew through, and I found myself inserting the occasional pin (tucking into the seam allowance or along the sewing line -- any hole made in the bag itself would stay a hole!) just to keep things lined up. It went quite well, though!
I pressed the seams flat with that wooden presser, as I showed you, then decided to add a line of top-stitching to help keep it flat. Can you see it in the photo above, in the brownish stripes?
This bag was for me. I need something to hold my car keys and phone when I go birding/wildflowering; a lot of my outfits lack pockets, so I needed a small, cross-body bag to compensate. This fit the bill perfectly. Because it's plastic, it's SO light - I've tested it out and I barely remembered I was "wearing" it.
Here's my supermodel, Cameron, with the finished bag:
|"Does this make me look like a bumblebee?"|
Yeah, OK. I sort of forgot about the bumblebee effect, but that's OK.
|"No, you look great, Cam! Doing an excellent job with that bag!"|
I think her brother/mentor was more than happy to see someone else have to model for me. He did want to be in on the action a bit, though, in case there were treats involved.