Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Finally, Part 3 of the Mystery Sew Along! Kim has been monitoring the comments and looks like we’re moving along. I’m sure some of you have already guessed what it is.

Here is the latest free design.

2 Diamond 150x150 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

In this post we’ll finish constructing the exterior to get ready for the lining.

Position one handle tab wrong side up on a flat work surface. Place fusible tape to each tab short edge; fuse following the manufacturer’s instructions.  Remove the paper backing. Fold each edge 1/4” toward the wrong side; press.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Place fusible tape to each raw edge; fuse. Fold each raw edge toward the wrong side to meet in the tab center; press.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Fold the tab in half widthwise with wrong sides together; press. Insert one D-ring through the tab and align the tab ends. Hand baste close to the D-ring. Position the front panel right side up on a flat work surface. Align the handle tab upper edge with one handle placement line; pin, and then hand baste.

Repeat to create and baste the remaining three handle tabs to the front and back panel. Topstitch 1/8” from the tab short end, back stitching over the entire tab for extra security.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Repeat to stitch the remaining handle tabs on the front and back panels.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Remove the handle tab basting stitches.

With right sides together, position the interior band with the upper-front panel upper edge; pin. Stitch the band short end, beginning at the lower dot, and pivoting just before the upper dot diagonally for two stitches. Continue stitching the long edge, and repeat to pivot at the right upper dot. End the stitching at the right lower dot.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Trim the interior-band seam allowance to 1/8” and the front seam allowance 1/4” on the upper edge. Trim the corners. Repeat to stitch the remaining interior band to the upper-back panel. With right sides together, stitch the back-panel lower edge to one base long edge

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Press the seam allowance toward the base. Repeat to stitch the opposite base long edge to the front lower edge. Topstitch the base 1/8” from each seamline.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Finger-press the front interior-band lower edge 1/2” toward the wrong side; pin.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Position one side long edge and front right edge with right sides together, aligning the side-panel upper dot with the interior band folded edge; pin.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Stitch, beginning at the side upper edge dot, making sure to not catch the interior band in the stitching. End the stitching with the needle in the down position at the second dot. Using small sharp scissors, cut diagonally into just the side panel up to, but not through the corner at the dot.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Lift the presser foot, pivot the side panel to align the side lower edge with the base short edge.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Continue stitching, pivoting at the opposite side-panel dot and ending at the side-panel upper edge dot.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Press seam allowance toward the side panel. Repeat to stitch the remaining side panel to the left bag edge.

 

Trim the interior band to 1/4” on each short end and trim corners.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Turn the back interior band right side out, pushing the corners with a point turner.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Press flat. Repeat for the front interior band.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Press one zipper-panel long edge 1/2” toward the wrong side. Press each short end 1/2” toward the wrong side. Repeat to press a second zipper panel.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Repeat to press the remaining zipper panels. Position two zipper panels with wrong sides together, making sure the folded long and short ends are aligned. Baste using a 1/4” seam allowance along the short and long folded edges. Designate the zipper panel with the interfacing as the upper zipper panel.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Center the zipper panel over the front interior band long edge, aligning the upper zipper panel with the interior band; pin. Baste using a 1/4” seam allowance.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Repeat to baste the remaining zipper panel with the back interior band. Turn the bag right side out.

In the next post you’ll learn how to create a easy interior welt pocket and construct the lining.

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SOURCE

Big Duck Canvas Warehouse provided the 15-ounce navy blue duck fabric: (800) 704-6138, bigduckcanvas.com.

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14 Responses to Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

  1. Lynn says:

    My interior band panel pattern piece doesn’t have any dot markings to put on the fabric. I don’t see any dots or markings on the other pattern pieces either.

  2. Lynn says:

    Hello,
    On the pattern pieces, I didn’t see any marking for the dot placement as shown in part 3 instructions.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Notice dots on instructions but don’t see them on pattern piece “interior band”. Is there a revised pattern piece.

  4. wanda says:

    I am enjoying the sew along. Can’t wait for the next set of instructions.

  5. Jacqueline Burck says:

    It looks like all the outer fabric has interfacing. The instructions said interface lining pieces. Are the out pieces suppose to be interfaced also?

  6. Sandra Riggs says:

    I’m a little behind, but I think this great.I needed a challenge to get me sewing. I think I have missed two, I will catch up.

  7. Kim Saba says:

    The dots are at the 1/2″ seam allowance intersection at each corner of the interior band and the side panel.

  8. Kim Saba says:

    Re: Jacqueline Burck
    Please see the following instructions for the interfacing instructions:

    From the heavyweight interfacing, cut:

    Two front-side panels
    One front-zipper panel (Trim the upper and lower seam allowance from interfacing before fusing to corresponding duck cloth piece.)
    One upper-front panel
    One back panel
    One upper-back panel
    Two side panels
    Two interior bands
    Two zipper panels (Trim each long edge seam allowance from both interfacing pieces before fusing to corresponding duck cloth pieces.)
    Fuse the interfacing pieces to each corresponding pattern piece following the manufacturer’s instructions.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I do not understand you are Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine and you come up with a square, a diamond and the design off my tissue box. Please be more creative

  10. Tammy Chorman says:

    Just found out about this today when I bought the March/April Issue at Hancock Fabrics…. only local place I know where I can get it! I have started gathering the supplies to make the project! I love it!

  11. Carolyn says:

    Where are the dots on the side panel?

  12. Laurie A says:

    The instructions say to place all 4 handle tabs to the front and back panels. However, the picture and the pattern only shows placement for 2 handle tabs on the upper front panel. Where would the other handle tabs be placed?

  13. Kim Saba says:

    RE: Laurie A

    The handle tab placements for the upper-back panel are the same for the upper-front panel.

  14. Laurie Anderson says:

    Had to put this aside for several months after two of us couldn’t figure out where to attach the interior band. Upon picking it up, I realized there was supposed to be a back panel, on which the handle loops are attached. This had been left out of the cutting instructions. Along with most of the interfacing.

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