This beautiful bag “Lu” took my attention in Inspiration 3/2020. That’s why I thought of a tutorial for the bag ‘Lu’. In January there’s a free download for the pattern. Find more information in this blogpost: Sewing the bag ‘Lu’.
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What do you need?
- 60 cm of fabric (non-fringing fabric like leather, skai, …)
- 1 carabiner or key ring
- Mettler Extra Stark sewing and topstitching thread
- A presser foor that goes with your material (roller foot, sliding foot, …).
- The free pattern from the blogpost Sewing the bag ‘Lu’.
- I used the BERNINA 710
Here’s the tutorial for the bag ‘Lu’:
If you copy the pattern from the magazine, it could be useful to trace the pieces first.
Copy the pattern, all notches included. Both pattern pieces are meant to add seam allowance (1 cm). Cut out the pattern from the fabric: put the bigger one on fabric fold. It will be double as big as the pattern. Mark the fabric fold.
For the rectangular pattern pieces mentioned you take these measures (seam allowance is Included here):
- Facing: 92 cm x 4 cm
- Shoulder straps: 77 cm x 5 cm
- Small loops: 12 cm x 3 cm
Preparing the rectangular parts:
Think of engaging dual transport for difficult material. It prevents your fabric from moving.
Instead of pins, you could use small clamps.
Fold the straps and the loops over, with the right side out. Sew along the edges with the Edgefoot nr 10. I set up a stitch length 4.30, and needle placement -4.
Sewing the bag:
Put the bottom pattern part on the fold of the bag part.
Repeat this for the other side.
Sew the sideseams from bottom to top.
Topstitch the sideseams with a stitchlength 4,30 . I used Edgefoot nr 10 and needle placement -5.
Topstitch the bottom part (I set the machine with needle placement -3). Fold both seam allowances away from the bottom part to do so.
Finishing the free bag ‘Lu’ from BERNINA Inspiration:
I liked a neat finishing for the facing and sewed biastape along the facing, with the biastape accessory 87. This finishing is optional.
Close the facing, sew the side seam.
Pin the shoulder straps to the marked place, and pin the ringloops to the backpart, close to the sideseam.
Pin the facing to the upper part of the bag. Do you have a label? You can put it in between, to sew along.
Sew the facing, fold over and topstitch. I took the bulky overlockfoot 12c, it has a leveling on the bottom.
The bag is ready.
There’s so much you can take with you, when using this bag .
Look how neat and fashionable this bag is.
Be sure to make one with the free pattern ‘Lu’! It is free till the end of January 2021.