Make sure pattern pieces are on a transparent/semiÂ transparentÂ paper. Â This way you can see the placing of details before you cut.
Tips & Tricks:
-Use a very heavy single side fusible interfacing fused to theÂ suit coat.
-If using for a laptop – invest in quality padding. Â I used automotive headliner (the stuff in the roof of your car). Â It is fairly thin but cushy and sewed like a breeze.
-Repurpose hardware from another bag. Â I almost purchased swivel hooks from the fabric store, but they cost $10 a piece. Â No thanks. Â Instead I took the clips off a Salvation Army bag. Â ($2 total).
-I also repurposed the vinyl strap from the same thrifted bag for these photos because I ran out of time for my project submission. Â The bag now has a grey wool strap which I like much better.
-I used an old vinyl belt for a closure. Â It was easier to sew through than I thought. Â I made the mistake of assembling the back of the bag before securing the belt. Â On the back and bottom of the bag Â the belt is glued using Eileen’s OK to Wash Fabric Glue. Â Once dry it worked like a champ.
– I always encourage adding an unique label. Â These labels I made on my home printer, but Â you could stamp, embroider, fabric marker, etc to create your own seal.
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