Messenger Bag Tutorial Part 6: Finishing the Bag. (The beginning here)
Basting Flap and Straps:
Needed for this step: Finished bag exterior, bag flap, strap loops, strap hardware (2 rectangle links), key fob if desired.
- Center flap on back of bag-right side of bag to exterior of flap. Match raw edges. Pin well.
- Thread key fob onto 1" x 4" finished strip. Fold in half and center on back of bag over flap.
- Thread metal rings onto 1.5" x 4" strips. Fold in half and center over side seams.
- Baste all pieces in place. Add reinforcing stitches 1/4" from the top on the handle straps and key fob strap.
Stitching it all together:
Supplies needed for this step: Bag exterior, bag lining, walking foot, denim needle, and Wonder Clips or heavy pins
- Turn bag exterior wrong side out. Turn lining right side out. Place lining inside exterior.
- Match side seams. Pin or clip very well around top of bag. Although this image shows I used wonder clips, I found strong pins also work well. The clips tend to shift slightly on portions of the bag.
- Stitch slowly around top of bag with 1/2" seam allowance. The pouch in the lining makes this a bit difficult and may require adjusting and repinning when sewing.
- Go especially slow along thicker areas.
- Using a denim needle reduced some issues on my machine when sewing through thick areas.
- When finished stitching, turn bag through opening in lining.
- Push out boxed corners with chopstick.
- Stitch opening closed in lining bottom.
- Ease lining into bag body.
- Press top edge flat. Edge stitch around the top of bag, holding flap, key fob and strap loops out of the way.
Supplies needed for this step: Finished bag, finished strap, slider hardware piece
Thread one end of strap around slider bar. Secure end with two rows of stitching about 1 1/2" from hardware.
Thread other end of strap down through one side hardware link.
Bring strap end around and thread through slider hardware.
Finally thread end through other hardware link. Secure with two rows of stitching about 1 1/2" from hardware.
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Part 6. Messenger Bag Tutorial: Finishing the Bag (you are here)