Tips on working with Faux leather on you sewing machine :
>> Reduce the foot pressure on your sewing machine <<
>> Use a walking foot or roller foot <<
>> Increase stitch length <<
>> Use leather needle <<
>> TEST on scraps first <<
I have gone through several try and error and the above works very well in the end.
So, lets get started!
From the faux leather,
cut 4 pieces of 4" x 17" rectangles for outer bodice sides
cut 4 pieces of 2" x 14" strips for the straps
cut 4 pieces of hexagon as in template to appliqué at the end of the straps
From one of the cotton fat quarter and the interfacing,
cut 2 pieces of 8" x 17" for outer bodice center
cut 2 pieces of 2" x 5" for center of straps
(iron on the interfacing to the back of the fabric)
From another cotton fat quarter,
cut 1 piece of 4" x 8" for pocket
cut 1 piece of 14" x 8" for pocket
From solid lining,
cut 1 piece of 8" x 8" for pocket
cut 2 pieces of 4" x 17"
cut 1 piece of 14.5" x 17"
Cut the corners of the 4" x 17" faux leather pieces using the template (download the template here)
Sew the front panels together, and making sure the seams are open, top stitch the seam flat.
Sew the darts, reversing some stitches at the corner of each dart
Make the straps by sewing the 2" strips together. Patching the 2" x 5" cotton strips in the middle of the 2" x 14" faux leather strips. Fold in 1/4" seams from the side of the strips and fold the whole strips in half. Use paper clips or clover clips to keep this together while you top stitch. Top stitch both sides of the straps.
Position the strap in the center of the seam of the two panels. The raw edge ends of the strap should be about 6" from the top edge of the front panel. Sew on top of the strap's topstitch and make a horizontal stitch at about 2" from the top. (I did 1" from the top but it makes it difficult later, so I suggest to measure at about 2" from the top and stitch as the arrow shown in the image)
Cut the hexagons from the faux leather using the templates provided. Baste the hexagon in place covering the raw edge of the straps. Top stitch the hexagon close to hexagon edges. Do reverse stitches at the beginning and the end to ensure the stitches stay in place
Put the two outer panels together and around the edges leaving the topside seams open. Darts can be sewn nested as shown in the small inset photo.
Now we shall put the outer bag aside, and work on the lining!
Sew the zip to the 4" x 8" and 8" x 14" pieces by folding in 1/4 seams and topstitching. Take the 8" x 8" square solid lining piece and topstitch as in photo 3. Stitch the side panels together to the pocket panel
You should now have a half side of pocket panel and another solid lining panel measuring 14.5" x 17". Trim to that size if necessary.
Position the corner template to the bottom corner of the two panels and cut the darts and corner.
Sew the darts and sew the sides and the base together leaving 6" opening at the base.
Place the outer bag inside the lining bag right side facing and sew the top seam together.
Turn the bag right side out through the 6" opening at the base. Fold the opening seams in, and topstitch matching thread to close.
Push the lining back inside, and top stitch the top part carefully moving slowly near the straps and you are done!
Enjoy your bag!
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