Welcome to Week 26 of the One Yard Wonders Sew Along!
Week 26 – Project 58
Folklore Bag – designed by Lauren Booth page 159
Pattern on sheet #1
1 1/2 yards of medium-weight fusible interfacing
1 magnetic purse closure
Correction to pattern piece. Please see PDF mockup.
Please note that the text on these tissue paper pattern pieces for this pattern are upside down:
TOP BAND, LINING FRONT/BACK, and BAG FRONT/BACK
Jo’s Tips and Thoughts
- At Pink Chalk Fabrics we are big fans of using multiple fabrics on our projects. Jo selected more than one print so she did not have a continuous yard of fabric. One of the pattern pieces is significantly longer than eighteen inches when cut as intended. This is something to keep in mind so you are not surprised mid project! (All of us are guilty at one time or another of jumping in and not considering all the directions and pattern pieces.)
- As noted in the errata the pattern was printed with the text upside down. Jo suggests being very, very careful when cutting a directional fabric print.
- The pattern calls for a gap in the seam between the straps for turning. A gap in the side-seam of the lining may have been simpler.
- A tailors Ham would be helpful when pressing.
- Pinning things in place is time-consuming but recommended to avoid gathering and shifting.
- Jo had considered a third fabric for the straps, but forgot about it until it was too late. She is happy with her end result!
- The magnetic closures were easy to apply. Carefully mark your fabric so they line up directly opposite each other.
Jo found the project to be entertaining and look what a beautiful bag she created!
Week 26 – Project 59
Bohemian Banana Bag – designed by Ellen Baker page 162
Alicia chose Alexander Henry Fashion for Home Beverly Glen Black Blue Brown
Pattern piece on sheet #2
1 yard of cotton canvas
3 1/2 yards of 1 1/2″ embroidered ribbon cut in to two 63″ lengths
One 16″ zipper
Alicia’s Tips and Thoughts
- Alicia added a pocket for her phone and one for keys using leftover Alexander Henry fabric from her first One Yard Wonder project. It matched perfectly!
- The strap was just long enough for wearing across Alicia’s chest, she is petite. If you are tall or have a larger bust, buy more ribbon so the strap can be longer if you want to wear the bag hands free.
- The instructions state to hand sew the zipper to the bag. Alicia decided to use the instructions in Elizabeth Hartman’s Wristlets 3 Ways for installing the zipper. These were great–very well illustrated and clearly written. If you decide to use a sewing machine you’ll need to install the zipper before sewing up the side seams.
- The ribbon was sewn together using a sewing machine and invisible thread before sewing it to the bag. This saved the step of hand sewing the strap together. The instructions stated to hand sew the strap to the body of the bag. Pushing through the double layer of ribbon and the heavy canvas was slow going. The bag was more work than anticipated, because of the hand sewing.
- The fabric and ribbon is a fabulous combination, and the bag is bigger than she thought it would be from the pictures.