The day was taught by a lovely Lady called Gwyneth. Her day job is a Radiologist in hospital but her passion is sewing.
Here's a picture of Gyneth arranging all our bags we made. I'm afraid I had planned to take lots of pictures of the day but it was quite a push to get the bag finished on time and rather then messing around taking pictures I was concentrating on what I was doing.
Once we had all arrived, there was 6 of us in the group, Gwyneth had a chat with us all explaining how the day would go. We had a choice of making 1 of 2 bags, either a messenger or a banana bag. I chose the banana bag as I thought it would be beneficial for me to learn how to sew curves. We were then all handed our instruction sheet and we headed down to the shop to choose what material we wanted to use for our bags. The bag is reversible so we need to choose 2 different materials which were all part of the cost of the course (£65) and we could then choose any embelishements or extras we wanted to add to the bag and those we purchased ourselves.
We weren't allowed to take the instructions or pattern home with us, although we did have the option of purchasing more material and cutting it out so that we had all the bits to make another bag and thus would have the pattern too. I didn't do this, mainly because I ran out of time and I thought one bag would be enough.
This is't a tutorial of how I made the bag, but I wanted to share a few pictures of the process and some tips that I learnt. You make think 'Der! Kate, how did you not know these things' but I know they seem pretty simple I just hadn't thought about it.
We repeated this for the lining/inner of the bag and for the interfacing too.
For the strap you need a long piece of material. To make life easier I learnt if you pin that piece to the very edge of the folded side of the fabric, once cut out you ended up with tone long piece of fabric. Again so simple but easily forgotten.
- Now this may sound silly but correct way to pin fabric.
- How to sew a curved piece of fabric. Bit tricky to explain so I will do a tutorial about this when I make something and have pictures.
- Ideas of how to make a bag that I can use in my own designs in the future.
I want a craft/sewing room just like the one where the lesson was held. Here's a couple of pictures of around the room.
Here's a picture of everyone's bags they made (except one as the lady had already left)
If you have a love of sewing and want to learn more, I highly recommend doing a sewing day or course near you. I absolutely loved it and felt it was so beneficial.
I leave you with a couple more pictures of my bag. Although it was reversible I will just be using it with the paisley outer fabric so I added a cute little label to the inside. The spotty fabric will be my lining.