May 17 2009

Buttercup Bag Part 1 (and how to put in magnetic snaps)

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The fabric

I saw the Buttercup Bag from Made by Rae on How About Orange (one of my new favorite blogs). I thought it looked super cute and easy so I figured I would try it out. Perfect for some fat quarters I had bought that I just couldn’t resist (even though I have way too much fabric).

Here’s my walk through of making the bag over a couple posts. Overall, I really like the shape of the bag. But there are a couple things I would do differently the next time I make the bag. I’ll do that in another post.

But first, I want to thank Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae for putting this pattern out there because it is definitely a fun one and one I plan on making again. In fact I plan on purchasing the pattern as well. Not sure if I would ever sell the bags (purchasing the pattern gives you license to do so), but this way I don’t have to worry about it and having made it already, I want to support people who make good patterns like this. I think it’s a great idea to put the bag out for free for personal use and then for cost if people want to sell. Thanks!

On to bag making . . .

Pattern pieces All cut  pieces

First we cut out the pattern pieces. I use a rotary cutter for this. And pretty much any time I use regular paper for my patterns so I don’t kill my nice scissors. Rotary blades are cheaper than nice scissors.

Lining pieces

I did mine a little backwards of the directions because I already had black thread in my machine and I only felt like changing thread once. Above, I pressed the lining pieces in half to find the center. Then, I marked where to put the interfacing for the magnetic snaps and put the interfacing in.

Mark for interfacing Iron the interfacing

It calls for a layer of heavy weight interfacing, but I didn’t have that so I used two layers of medium weight and it seemed to work well.

Magnetic Snap Pieces

The magnetics snaps. Here’s how I go about putting the magnetic snaps in. This was probably one of the first bags that I successfully put the snaps in. So it was a good practice for that. I feel much more confident about snaps now.

Mark snaps

First put some marker the tips of the snap.

Press the snap to the interfacing

Press the snap where you want it to make markings from the ink we put on the tabs.

Snap markings

Here you (hopefully) can see the marks made by the ink on the tabs.

Cut along markings

Make small cuts where the marks are. I err on the side of smaller, gradually making the marks necessary as I try to fit the tabs through the holes.

Insert snap tabs

Stick the tabs through the holes. Make sure your snap is on the correct side.

Put the metal holder on snap

Place the metal anchoring piece over the tabs.

Bend the tabs back

Finally, press down the tabs to secure it. They aren't fully pressed down in this picture. I ended up using the handle of my scissors for some extra leverage to get them down more flat.

The next step for the lining was to prepare the pocket.

Sewn pocket piece

Stitch around the edges of the pocket.

Pocket piece

Turn the pocket inside out and press flat.

Pinning the pocket

Pin in place. I like to line up the pattern. I'm a little OCD like that. But I think those kinds of touches are nice.

Inside pocket done

And here we have it attached. Looks I like I lined it up pretty well.

Now we sew the two sides of the lining together.

Sew together lining Lining sewn together

And turn it right side out:

Lining done

Next post we’ll do the outside of the bag.

Go here for part 2.

Go here for the wrap up.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Buttercup Bag Part 1 (and how to put in magnetic snaps)”

  1. Pigs In Pajamas » Buttercup Bag Part 2on 18 May 2009 at 12:10 am

    […] To see the first part of this walkthrough, go here. […]

  2. bertha weinsteinon 19 May 2009 at 7:21 am

    it reminds of bags my mother made but she used scraps of material she had around the
    house. Waste not want not was her motto. they were often colorful or not. She made bags
    to carry to the market . I still have one. I liked the bag .

  3. bertha weinsteinon 19 May 2009 at 7:24 am

    I liked it very much. It reminded me of the bags my mother made but she used scraps
    of material laying around. waste not want not. I still have amarketing bag she made, no
    plastic bags in those days.

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