I chose Nightmare Before Christmas fabric for my Baker Street Bag. This is another free pattern offered by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. She has a few free patterns on her site for you to try out so you know what they are like before purchasing one. I will be selling this finished bag on my ETSY site.
My pieces cut out, labelled and assembled. I am now ready to get to the machine.
Here I am adding a few pockets to the inside lining of the bag. There will be 2 pockets on each side, for a total of four.
One of the most time consuming parts of this bag is making the zipper. I have to keep switching back and forth between different thread colors and zipper feet. When I am attaching a zipper, I like to use similar thread color. In this case, I used a nice bright orange which you can’t really see because it blends so nicely. Then I switched back to black, to top-stitch all along the outside of the fabric. Then I cut down the zipper to fit nicely in the bag. I usually cut them short like this, so you can just tuck them inside the bag. Some people like to leave them hanging out on the side. [I used a heavy duty metal zipper for this bag.]
The zipper panel is not attached to both sides of the lining.
I have added the straps to both sides of the exterior. I made them nice and long so the purse will hang beautifully.
I have trimmed up and added the exterior side panel. I make sure this exterior is nice and sturdy by basting on a thick foam to the fabric.
I repeat the same process with bag’s interior lining.
Now it is time to sew the exterior and interior together. I make sure to leave about a 5-8 inch slot at the bottom for turning the bag.
Here the bag is all turned. At this point, I just need to sew up the slot at the bottom and press the rest of the bag.
The finished exterior of the bag.
The finished interior of the bag. [It is hard to see the pockets in this photo due to the zipper panel.]
Additional bag photos…