Sneaking in at the last minute I have finally finished one of the three Naughty Secretary Bags I have cut out for this competition running over at Sew Mama Sew!
Rather handily this tote bag is doubling up as competition entry plus a Christmas present – yeah, I have started making presents! (nothing like last minute)
As usual the sewing takes less time than I anticipate with pattern cutting taking far longer… The pattern for the Naughty Secretary Bag is free over at Sarah Sew Sweetness blog if you fancy making it yourself. I think it’s a great size for a trip to the library, round town, a trip to the beach 🙂
There are some great entries to the competition, showcasing a variety of Sarah’s bag patterns:) Vicky
Recently I have taken part in bag pattern testing for Anna over at Charmed Liebling , making this laptop bag.
A bit of a challenge to work off a comprehensive pattern, but I am very delighted with the result! Admittedly I didn’t follow all the steps in the right order, and failed to source a twist lock in the time framework (OK I admit it I left it too late to order one on the internet and the local shops didn’t have one in!!!)
Bag Pattern Review
I found the instructions well written, and clear to follow. Having never used a PDF pattern before I particularly appreciated the 2.5cm square to check the pattern is printed to the correct size – mine wasn’t the first time so your hints about how to set the printer sorted it out.
I usually avoid piping but was encouraged by Anna to give it a go. I think she is right, it finishes the bag professionally and is well worth the effort. I used my zipper foot, although if I was to sew piping regularly I would definitely invest in a piping foot). The pattern included clear instructions how to sew the piping with a pattern foot.
The bag has four pockets, including a zip closing pocket ( I am getting over my fear of zips!).
If you decide to make your own bag here are some helpful tips for sewing through thick layers of fabric; select the right size sharp needle, use a larger stitch setting and sew slowly. This will help your machine cope. Sadly my machine was unable to cope with sewing the final top layer of stitching the lining and the bag.
I enjoyed the opportunity, I found myself stretched and learnt quite a bit making the bag:)
If you fancy making one yourself the pattern is available from her Etsy shop, and to see it made in a variety of fabrics check out here. I love this because a design can be completely transformed with different fabrics.
As usual I am popping over to handmade harbour to see what other people have been up to this week:) This is blog number three in a row – I’m aiming for seven days in a row to celebrate having my own domain name… can I make it?! Why not pop by and see:)
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