I'm new to making bags - can you tell me what you used for the zipper pulls and the straps - is that bias tape? Like I said, I'm new, and I don't know what I'm looking for when I'm shopping...
Thanks for your help!
The zipper pull, I made myself using crochet cotton and a skull bead. Just looped a couple of strands of crochet cotton threaded on a bead and knotted the cotton to keep the bead in place.
The straps are a lightweight cotton webbing. Here's a link as to what it looks like close up: http://www.wbcindustries.com/web_cotton.html I think what I used is polyester though, not cotton. I didn't like it at first because I didn't think it was sturdy enough but after using it, the webbing doesn't dig into your hands when carrying the bag.
After wrestling with wrinkles from interfacing for many years, I came up with two solutions:
1. Use the interfacing in your lining - that way, wrinkles won't show on the outer fabric.
2. Only iron the interfacing JUST enough to hold it in place while you sew. That way, the interfacing will kind of 'separate' from the fabric when turning right side out but the bag still holds its shape and you won't get wrinkles.
Lagaz, your bags are FABULOUS!!! I love, love, love the designs. Do you paint them? I bet they're lots of fun to make. Each one is definitely unique! Looks like they're coated to protect them as well. Fantastic.....
I have a fruit cake recipe from my high school days which requires coating the fruit in the flour before adding to the rest of the mix. Somehow, I remember (being some 20 years go) my Home Ec. teacher explaining that this step was required to stop the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
So, I put the flour (and other dry ingredients) in a separate bowl then add the fruit. Toss the fruit until all the fruit is coated with the flour. Then I add this to the 'wet' ingredients.
It looks like you are trying to sew both sides the binding on the machine. As you will see in Heather Bailey's tutorial, the second side is handstitched down. I've tried many methods to sew the second side of the binding on the machine but it's almost impossible.
I do my binding just like Heather Bailey - cut strips 2.5" wide, press in half lenthwise then match raw edges of binding to raw edges of the quilt and sew around - mitering the corners as you go. Turn the folded edge of the binding towards the back and HANDSTITCH in place. This method is neat and doesn't show stitching on the front of the quilt. It's up to you whether you use bias binding or self-made straight of grain binding.