May 17 2009
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
The next step for the lining was to prepare the pocket.
Now we sew the two sides of the lining together.
And turn it right side out:
Next post we’ll do the outside of the bag.
Go here for part 2.