I always feel so accomplished when I am doing some 3-D sewing, but it is not my favorite! I don’t mind the fiddly nature of paper piecing, so that is not really the issue with projects like bags and stuffed animals. I think it boils down to the amount of time it takes to get to a recognizable item. When you are making a quilt, you have small units that come together in blocks, which doesn’t take very long. With a 3-D object like a tote bag, you have the base, and sides and pockets that may be quilted and bound, but they still look like a square of fabric. It can be a long process to reach your finished product.
3-D Sewing Project
Luckily, I am working with fabulous supplies from Island Batik and By Annie for the October “It’s in the Bag” challenge. I chose fabrics from the Simply Southwest collection. The cactus print is so much fun!!
First, I had to quilt the three panels that will make up the majority of my tote. Then I constructed the straps, which means sewing a tube and doing the safety-pin trick to turn it right-side out.
Funny how the chore of pulling the strapping through the fabric tube transported me back to my childhood. I have fond memories of the times my mom would let me help her on a sewing project by pushing that safety pin, attached to elastic, through a waistband to finish a garment.
More 3-D items
The Island Batik Ambassador program has really pushed my boundaries. I installed my first zipper when I made a boxy tote, then my first bag was this backpack.
I have to say, the By Annie patterns are amazing, and easy to follow, even for a confident beginner. They include video tutorials so if you are stuck on a step and need to watch someone, you can. The best part is the fabric tags! You get a whole sheet of tags that are used to label each component which is very useful for a intricate project like a totebag with multiple pockets.
I am working a little bit each day on my new bag. Crossing my fingers for a finish next week! What have you been up to? Please share with us.