Yay for Friday Finishes! I completed the October It’s in the Bag Challenge just under the wire. Here is my Tools of the Trade bag. It features fabric from the Island Batik Simply Southwest collection and the Tools of the Trade bag pattern from ByAnnie.
The Island Batik Ambassador program stretches my quilting skills! I began quilting as an adult with no prior sewing experience. Usually, quilting involves sewing straight lines with cotton fabric, but bag-making means curves, layers and a variety of fabric types.
Thankfully, I received all the supplies in my kit. As with any new project, the first step is to read through all the instructions. One bonus from By Annie is the Add-On videos, which are so useful when you just can’t picture how things are going to fit together.
The first few steps involved quilting the bag front and back and fusing stabilizer on some key components. Aurifil thread comes in a wide variety of colors, so I was able to find an exact match for my three contrasting colors.
Tools of the Trade
Since you need to sew multiple layers of fabric and stabilizer to join the front, back and sides of the bag, it helps to use a larger needle. I found good results with a 100/16 from Schmetz.
The mesh pocket gaves me the most trouble, but only because I didn’t read carefully! FIrst, I cut my pieces too small, but that was an easy fix by adding some borders. Then, I jumbled the pages of instructions, so I ended up sewing through the mesh and turning it into a segmented pocket when I added the handles.
They say there are no mistakes in quilting, only design options. The Tools of the Trade bag can be made in two sizes. I chose the smaller one, and I will try it out as I pack for a weekend quilt class.
It’s In the Bag
Looking for more bag-making inspiration? Check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors and see their wonderful creations for the October It’s In the Bag challenge.