Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Apple Bag finished

Now to finish the Apple handbag.

I sewed the lining fabric right sides together, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, on three sides leaving the top open. Then, I sewed the canvas bag together the same way.
Laying the bag flat, I made marks on the lower edges 1 1/4 inch in from the seam allowance. Opening up the bottom corner seams, I put a pin at each mark. Then, I drew a stitch line. I stitched across this line on both bottom corners of the bag. This creates a 2 1/2 inch gusset. I did the same for the lining of the bag. I didn't cut off the corner triangle because I think it weakens the bag.
Then, I placed the lining into the canvas bag. I also covered a 2 1/2 inch wide piece of cardboard with the lining fabric and placed this is the bottom of the bag.

To finish the top, I made a 1 inch mark along the top, folded and press it. I did the same for the liner.
To attach those great handles, I cut four pieces of the yellow striped grosgrain ribbon and slipped them through the holes in the handles. I hand tacked each handle in place to the canvas bag. Then, I pinned the top of the liner and canvas bag together and stitched all around.

I finished with adding a button at the bases of each handle.

It was so much fun to take materials picked up at different time from various places to make a truly one of a kind project like this. I hope this inspires you to look at your treasure stash and make something totally you!

Stitch On!