Welcome back for day two of the Run and Play Bag Sew-Along.
You should now have your pieces cut, interfacing fused and darts transferred, as discussed in yesterday's post. If you're joining us for the first time, you can find out all the sew-along details here. Don't worry. It's not to late to jump on board and be in the running for some great prizes.
Today we will be sewing the shoulder or cross-body strap and creating the internal zip pocket. I have chosen the Shoulder Strap (Handle Option 1) for my bag. If you have chosen the Cross Body Strap (Handle Option 2) then just follow the super simple pattern instructions.
Here are a few tips for those that have chosen the Shoulder Strap:
1) Glue basting the fabric to the zip can help keep everything in place. Ensure the zip and each layer of fabric are laying nice and flat on your table. It makes it much easier to line up the raw edges.
|A few dabs of glue can help baste the zip|
3) Take your time. Sew slowly and adjust the layers so the raw edges line up, and your stitches are neat and parallel to the zip teeth.
4) When sewing the Strap Ends, take care not to sew over the metal zip stops. Your needle will not like it. Slow down near these points and be sure you're sewing next to, not on, them.
|Be sure to sew on either side of the metal stopper|
6) Turning the strap the right way out can be a little fiddly. Start at one end and feed the end through itself. Repeat for the other end and the middle will follow. You may need to be a little firm, but take care not to rip your stitches. Give your strap a good press to help it recover.
|Shoulder Strap finished....so pretty|
1) Find the centre of the Zip Pocket and Lining pieces by folding them in half and finger pressing to make a crease.
|Fold the fabric in half and finger press|
|Align the centre folds and use a ruler to position the pocket|
|Use a rotary cutter to make a slit|
|Switch to scissors for more precise cutting|
|Cut to the corners, but take care not to cut the stitching|
4) In step 34, when sewing your pocket sides, pay attention to where your lining is. You don't want it getting caught up in your pocket. Clipping the lining well out of the way can help prevent any boo-boos.
|Pin the lining out of the way|
|Internal pocket is complete.|
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