|"Little Baby Bear Bag" is looking for a new home now that I have him finished.|
|I think he may be looking for a baby boy??|
|This is just plain good fun!|
First thing is always to wash all of the fabric you are planning to use and then dry and press. (Of course don't wash if it is a "dry clean only" fabric.) This takes care of shrinkage, and rids the fabric of any finishing chemicals. I had done this last week in preparation.
I used all of a remnant I had but the dimensions are up to you they can be however large you like. It is the rules to go by I an happy to share. This piece was about 26" x 36" and the main thing is to determine how you want the pattern to run.
The other big thing in my book is to be able to make something that will hold up and last. The first bag I ever made was 34 years ago for my sister when she was expecting her first child. The key to their holding up I believe is how you apply the handles or straps. Linda is still using her bag and it shows little wear or age.
|Notice the only seam I have sewn is to join the bottom of the bag.|
|Here you can see the seam that formed the bottom of the bag as well as the straps as I have pinned then to sew..|
Next with the right sides of the bag facing each other and the straps pulled out of the line of stitching sew the sides of the bag together with a 1/2 " seam back stitching and trimming the threads.
|Sew across the corner and back stitch to form a box bottom.|
|The little white hearts are facing each other with the pattern right side up.|
|Sew across the corner.|
|Clip off 1/4" above the line of stitching on both the lining and the bag.|
I think a couple of those cute reversible baby bibs tucked into this bag will make a lovely gift. And it was made in Newburgh, Indiana, USA.