I finished this bag yesterday and breathed a huge sigh of relief. I have made many bags before, but this is the most difficult. The multiple layers of Peltex interfacing you need to sew through, combined with the cording, make it really tricky (although, this is the last step in assembling the exterior; getting through all the other steps is not difficult. Really.). The only thing about the cording is that when sandwiching it between the layers, if you need to sew through it with the Peltex side on top (which you’ll have to do at some point, because you’ll need to wrangle it through your sewing machine differently at different times), it’s really near impossible to feel where the cording is, so I felt like I was sewing blind (I just kept sewing closer and closer to the center, and kept checking, until I felt I had sewn close enough). Anyway.
|Here’s my lovely cording.|
Fabric – I used 1 yard of Anna Maria Horner Garden Party Tablecloth in Ice for the exterior. The thing about that is, the pattern called for 1-5/8 yard for the exterior. How did I make it work? I used a Kona solid for the reverse sides of the pockets (there’s that big pocket on the front of each side, and also a pocket on each of the sides). I usually don’t follow the cutting instructions because I feel it wastes a lot of fabric doing it that way (no matter what the pattern). If you’re going to do it like this, make sure you lay out your pieces before you cut.
For the straps and cording, I tried to get as close to the color yellow on the Anna Maria Horner fabric as I could. The Kona solid was a teeny tiny bit more green than yellow, but close enough. I used the same fabric on the exterior. The pattern also calls for cotton cording (which you’ll sew your fabric around), Peltex interfacing, and woven interfacing. The zipper is a 30″ zipper (or you can buy a larger one and trim it down), and I got a nifty “sport” zipper with the big plastic teeth, like I used on my childrens’ hoodies. It’s pretty awesome with the bigger zipper (you just have to make sure to sew a bigger seam allowance while attaching the zipper to the top panel, so you have enough fabric to sew it down onto).