1Shrink pattern pieces
I printed the pattern at 66% of regular size, cut out the pieces, and taped them together where necessary.
2Cut out fabric and interfacing
The drudgery! The boredom! But then you finally get to start sewing!
I always use fusible (iron-on) interfacings. Some people hate fusible fleece and use Decovil instead.
4Sew it up and see what happens
5Make yer own strap
I've never been a two-strap person when it comes to purses, so I made a really long single adjustable strap that can be shoulder length or crossbody length. Here's how I made it (pictures are coming soon):
- Cut two 4" wide pieces of lining fabric from selvedge to selvedge. This leaves you with two pieces that are 4" by 42" or so (width of fabric for quilting cotton varies from about 41" to about 44")
- Arrange them right sides together at a 90 degree angle
- Draw a line from the upper left corner to the lower right corner
- Sew along this line
- Cut the seam allowance down to 1/4" (cut the triangle off)
- Finger press the seam open
- Steam press the seam open
- Voila, now you have a very long strap
- Cut it down to 60"
- Cut 6" off of the remainder for the strap connectors
- Cut three 4" wide pieces of interfacing from edge to edge (this interfacing is 20" wide)
- Fuse interfacing pieces to the wrong side of the strap
- Fold the strap's long sides toward each other, wrong sides together and press
- Open this up and fold the raw edges in toward the crease
- Fold it together to hide the raw edges and press
- Now you have a 1" wide strap
- Sew 1/8" away from the both long edges to seal it
- Cut a piece of interfacing for the strap connectors
- Repeat steps 14-16 for the strap connectors
- Cut the strap connector piece into two 3" pieces
- Sew each strap connector around a rectangle ring
- Baste strap connectors in place to the sides of the exterior piece