Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tara's Favorite Bag - Attaching outside pockets.

Well, with the binding on the pockets, we are ready to attach the outside pockets to the base of the purse.

First we will lay out the purse base with the "outside" fabric facing up. We then lay the 6" x 18" pocket pieces on top, Leaving 3 1/2 inches from the edge of the bag to the top of the pocket. There will be between 2 and 4 inches between the bottom of the pockets.

As you can see in the picture, I chose to use the purple side of the pockets on the purple side of the purse base. I like this look better for my particular fabrics, however, you may want to turn the pockets over and use the reverse side as a contrast on your bag. It's totally up to you. Try both ways and see which way you like best.

After you get these positioned, pin them in place so they won't shift. Then take it to the machine, and use a walking foot to stitch the bottom of the pocket. You will want to stitch right in the crease of the binding.

While you have this piece on the machine, you will want to baste the edge all the way around.

Next, we'll look at the inside pockets.

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