Thursday, December 20, 2007

A few small simplifications to box bag sewing

I LOVE making these little box bags. Box Bag Tutorial
She makes it so easy. I've done a few small things to simplify the sewing.




Rather than sewing the fabrics to the second side of the zipper in the same order, I sew them one at a time.

First, fold back one of your fabrics and attach it to the zipper as you did on the first side of the zipper.

You can see I've been using up some of my stash zippers. This one is too long, but that is an easy correction. When you sew the top seam, you just cut off the excess. (Make sure your zipper pull is inside your bag, however!!)



Then, fold the other side in the opposite direction, and attach it to the zipper.

You will end up with two tubes attached to the zipper.

Just pull one inside the other to make your bag more recognizable!









Rather than sewing a partial seam at the top and bottom of the bag, I sew all the way across.












I then cut squares off the corner.

For the 12x16 piece of fabric called for, I cut 1.5 inch squares from the corners.

This is the easiest way I have found to keep the corners even and straight.







This allows me to realign the the corners by opening up the squares and flattening them to sew.

Try it, it's easier to do than it sounds - really! I wish I were a better descriptor!





From there, I continue on my happy way, following drago[knit]-flys directions.



I just LOVE making these bags!!















I've become quite enamored of these little pencil bags, too! Great tutorial here -
Pencil Bag Tutorial

They are really quick to make up, and I was able to get a box bag and a pencil bag out of 2 fat quarters, with a bit left over. Thrifty, eh?


6 comments:

purlyshells said...

Hi, I found your blog through Dragoknits (the list of "links to this post"). Thanks for sharing your tips on the box bag tutorial. It definitely made it easier to sew the second sides to the zipper separately. I made my first bag last night and I'm very happy with the results :)

putasockinit said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I was really struggling with the corners until I found your blog. =)

Melissa said...

You're a lifesaver! Thank you for sharing your way of doing the corners, I was having a heck of a time and googled "box bag tutorial" and found your helpful trick. Merry Christmas!

Isabella Golightly said...

The idea for cutting a square out for the corners has been a huge help, but I still can't work out how to get the box shape if you've got lining (and without any raw edges showing). Any suggestions?

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