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Topic: Attaching bag handles to a bag with a band over the inner and outer seams? How?  (Read 833 times)
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« on: August 28, 2010 07:50:35 AM »

Hi All,

I am in the middle of sewing a bag which has (so far) a denim outer and cotton inner with zipped pocket. Both pieces dont have a seam at the top and are also pleated twice each side from the middle.

I want (hope) to sew a band round the top of both pieces (covering both raw top parts) but would also like to have a tiny 3-5mm piece poking out all round between the bag and band of the lining fabric to tie it all in.

My problem now is that I cant for the life of me figure out how to do that without have to sew through a ton of fabri needlessly and how to attach bag handles, what type and and at what stage?! My head is like fizz at the moment!!

If you can help me I would so much appreciate it. I've got this far and quite chuffed, even though some of the stitching might be a bit off lol

Here are some pics as I think i might be describing it poorly :0/










I'm really new to sewing so I apologise if Im asking really silly questions. Thanks very much for looking.

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2010 06:42:20 AM »

I would make the top band in two pieces (outside and inside) so you could sew the handles right into the top seam in the band; otherwise you'll have even more material to sew through trying to sew them on like patches over the outside of the bag.

You could sew a pink band all around the bag like you were going to sew the denim one; a foldover that covers the raw top. Then, fold it down and iron over the outside to make your sticking-out band (you might need a wider band than you originally planned to do this; then, take your demin band, with the handles sewn in, and sew the demin band to the extra pink park sticking out the top. Make sense?
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2010 07:19:59 AM »

Hi CraftyChef,

Thanks for replying Smiley

Yeah they both make sense, I'm still not very good at picturing how something goes together, especially inside out first!:)

I already finished the bag and you can see my attempt here

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358167.0

Just like you mentioned there was a lot of fabric to sew through, I broke a needle and didnt half swear a lot  Embarrassed

I'm definitely going to be trying the same bag again but with the band I had wanted before instead of my make-do one. I was going to do it next but I'm in the middle of working up the courage to cut some fabric out just now for a purse ha! Not sure if thats a common thing or I'm just a big scaredy pants lol

Thank you so much!:)x

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010 05:09:03 AM »

The way I would do it is cut the top parts in half and sew the parts together separately on the front and back sides of the bag; then all you have to do is sew the side seams together. and you can sew the handles right into the top seam when you do the lining. I have a hard time being patient with experimentation when I want to possess a cool new bag! Aren't crafts supposed to relax you?
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010 06:35:44 AM »

I was thinking that the other day, just splitting the the top band in two. It would have saved me a hell of a lot of trouble!
And yes, its supposed to be relaxing..lol I'll know better next time.

Thank you very much for replying :)x
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