Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Whole Bag of Trim




Le GASP this might almost be like a TUTORIAL of sorts. Well, not really, as there’s nothing really to tutor, but I took shots as I MADE this. Madness! This bag was made for a very dear friend Luthaisea because it was her birthday, but also because we both share a love of trim. And by a love of trim, I mean full blown head over heels love.

The only downside to a love of trim is you end up with lots of little end bits of trim, that are not really useful for much (unless there are small people in your life, and small clothes to adorn!) And I needed a project to use up ALL THE TRIM IN THE WORLD *cough* or rather, all the trim in my trim box.

I made a really simple bag, just one piece for the front, bottom, back, and flap over the top, and then separate pieces for the side. In order to get maximum prettiness of trim placement I marked onto the fabric in super magic pens where each piece started and ended.

I then chose which trims I wanted to use – I tried to keep it vaguely colour themed in browns and pinks to blend in with the colour of the main fabric, but I added the occasional strip of blue for visual interest. I took care so that the bottom of the bag on either side ended in lace, and the flap of the bag ended in lace as well – as I felt it would hang nicely that way.

I didn’t put any trim on the bottom or the sides of the bag, as I felt it was already pretty fussy.

Onto construction – starting at the bottom of the front and the back sections I stitched the trim in place using a variety of methods – if the stitching was going to be visible (like the bottom of the pink ribbon in the picture shown) I used a zigzag, however when it was going to be covered by either ribbon stitched over it, or lace hanging down on top of it, I used a regular straight stitch.

I worked one piece at a time, pinning and stitching each piece of trim before I headed to the next one, giving a pretty neat placement. I also played around a bit with how much of each trim was shown.

Next I whipped up a lining for the bag out of polycotton. That was the quickest bit. I made the bag up at the same time – this was not quite so quick, as I had to ensure that the edges of some of the loose bits of trim were caught in the seams – and then at other points, where I wanted it to hang a little looser, they weren’t.

I made a tube strap, and pressed it in the same fabric that the bag was made out of, however I made it super long, as Luthaisea is more than capable of taking it in if she needs to!

Final result? A bag, made ENTIRELY OF TRIM – and it looks pretty cute!

Katy x