The goal for this week in the #BusyBagSewAlong with The Quilter’s Planner to benefit Sadie’s Dream For a Cure is to cut and fuse.

Busy Bag Sew Along Schedule

May 1st – Busy Bag Sew Along Kick-off!
May 1-7Order your labels, download the pattern, and gather your materials
May 8-14 – Cut and fuse <– This Week
May 15-21 – Sew the bag together!
May 22-28 – Fill if desired and mail back to Sadie’s Dream
Before May 31st – Tell us how many bags you have made and mailed so that we can add it to our tally and hopefully fly past our 25 bag goal!

Busy Bag - Cut and Fused Fabric

Busy Bag – Cut and Fused Fabric

I quickly learned that I should think a little bit more before I start cutting! By the time I got to the last pieces of fusible fleece, I did not have 30 continuous inches left, so I had to “patch” the fleece together for the bag handles. Not the end of the world, but something I would do differently next time!

Busy Bag - Eek, I Sewed 3D!

Busy Bag – Eek, I Sewed 3D!

Feeling like I might need to take my time, I forged ahead and started sewing. The next time I puzzled for a bit was on the instructions for sewing the corners for the main bag panel corners. Thankfully there are a lot of finished bag photos on the internet and when it clicked, I was pleased that my bag could stand up right on its own!

Busy Bag - Cuff

Busy Bag – Cuff

Creating the cuff for the top of the bag was another moment when my brain refused to understand the directions. It was going along fine until the step to fold the unfused cuff fabric inside of the cuff. I really liked how the top edge of the cuff looked without folding over the seam, but that kept the raw edges of fabric from aligning at the bottom. I decided to run a second seam along the top to help hold the top more stable.

Busy Bag - I did it!!

Busy Bag – I did it!!

After that, the rest of the bag came together pretty well, if I do say so myself! I am really proud of myself for trying something new.

Busy Bag for Sadie's Dream for a Cure

Busy Bag for Sadie’s Dream for a Cure

Many thanks as well to Kitty from Night Quilter. At each moment when I struggled with “whaaaaat….?” I sent her some text messages and in typing out my questions I was able to get my brain around what was going on. Thanks, Kitty!

Busy Bag for Sadie's Dream for a Cure

Busy Bag for Sadie’s Dream for a Cure

I have already requested another bag label and will commit to sewing a second bag this month for the #BusyBagSewAlong. I think for the next bag, I will stitch down the piping because even with as much as I have ironed, it just wants to flare up.

Time to think about my next fabric selections!

19 thoughts on “#BusyBagSewAlong

  1. The label on a pocket, how smart is that, and there can be no mistake about where the bag is going. I love, LOVE making bags, so was sure you wouldn’t find this too hard at all!!!

  2. Alida says:

    Fantastic job with your bag!! Thanks for sharing about this! I am enjoying making mine as well even if some instructions are quite confusing for my brain too… but once you manage to do it once, then everything makes sense!!

  3. Cindy says:

    Great job on your bag! I have made lots of bags and sometimes the first time through the instructions can be daunting.

  4. Alison says:

    This looks fabulous! Love those dinos. 🙂

  5. It looks great. Glad you tried something new and bag instructions are always a bit of a mystery. Once you have done a few, you get the hang of it! You did quite well for your first.

  6. Your bag turned out so cute! I just now read about this sew along, I will try to get a bag completed and request a label in May.

  7. Mary Robertson says:

    Thanks for the pictures! Love the look of your bag. Did you have a lining for the bag?

  8. Jan O says:

    Great job – such a cute bag! Congrats on mastering the construction!

  9. Yay for new things! This turned out fabulous Yvonne! So glad you tried 3D sewing; it’s lots of fun and opens up so many more possibilities (like you need more right?)!

  10. Tish says:

    You did it! I knew you could 🙂 The bag looks great, but I was in love with you fabrics from the second you showed them to us.

  11. Great bag! You did a wonderful job

  12. Karen S says:

    What an adorable bag–dinosaurs and all! Some little one is really going to love it and carry it everywhere.

  13. thedarlingdogwood says:

    Fabulous bag! Those dinosaurs are fantastic. This will be someone’s treasure. Good for you for tackling bags! I struggle with them.

  14. Laura Links says:

    Beautiful bag! May there be many more bags in your future. I’ve always found bag making relaxing because it’s a relatively quick finish and so useful to have available…

  15. Look there – YOU MADE A BAG!!! 🙂 And it looks great! I like making bags because they are a pretty quick finish; sometimes we just need a quick finish. Congrats on your finished bag – may it be the first of many!

  16. These are so cute and the idea behind the bags is wonderful. I just received a label and have some fabric selected. I just need to pick up the fusible batting. Yours is adorable and congrats for stretching yourself and trying something new!

  17. Rosemary says:

    I made one bag and have 2 more labels so hope to get those done by middle of next week. Congrats on making yours. I’m a bag making nut here. All kinds and all sizes. First couple of times, if you aren’t used to it, , can be a little confusing but they are so fun and make great gifts. This is a great project and I like sewing for a cause!!

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