Carry Me Bag almost finished!

Chelsea

Let’s finish this bag!  Chelsea can’t stand waiting for me to get done! 

Follow the pattern instructions for lining and pockets and insert lining into bag.

This tool is wonderful for pushing out the points of pockets. You can find it at Joanne Fabrics.

Point tool

Time to add the Timtex!  Timtex is a little difficult to sew with but you can do it! 

If your Timtex has fold lines or is rolled, press it before you cut.  Put a pressing cloth over the Timetex and iron it flat.   Now cut to size according to pattern.

Insert Timtex into bottom of bag. Then insert  into each side of bag between lining and bag.  Pull up bag and lining to top of Timtex and pin in place.  

 Insert Timtex

Insert Timtex 2

Pull up lining and pin

Open up free arm of sewing machine and put your needle in the needle down position. If your machine doesn’t have a free arm, stitch with the lining facing up. 

 Free arm

Place bag over free arm and machine stitch the three layers together.  Here’s a few tips for this part:

  1. The Timtex is awkward because it’s stiff. Be patient and don’t worry about bending it as you sew.
  2. Start stitching at one end of the bag and stitch as far as you can. Remember you can bend the Timtex and it will go back into shape.
  3. When it becomes difficult to stitch, backstitch, cut the thread and remove the bag.  (The only difficult part is the side section.  You have to pull the bag around the free arm a bit.)  Remember, the Timtex doesn’t break.
  4. Put the bag back in the machine and begin stitching again where you left off.
  5. Repeat this process until you have gone around the entire bag. 
  6. When you come to where you started stitching, backstitch and cut threads

 Stitch three layers together

Follow pattern for binding, button loop and button.

Sew on the ribbon and it’s almost done!

This is what your ribbon will look like when you attach it to the sides of your bag.  

Carry Me Bag Ribbon

And that’s it!  The Carry Me Bag is finished!  Chelsea’s so happy she has a little surprise for you tomorrow.  Are you ready?

Have a great day!

 

Hugs,

Anne & Chelsea

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  • fiberdoodles - It looks wonderful! Great job!!

    SharonReplyCancel

  • Miss Gina Designs - Cool "pointy" tool…I need one of those!ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - So pretty! I am going to work on mine later today or tomorrow morning! I appreciate so much your tips, etc. And Chelsea…is she the cutest or what!?! Have an awesome day!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I am just amazed how wonderful your work is, so precise…one day, that is my goal, to be like you in my stitching.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - It looks great! Looking forward to tomorrow and a happy Chelsea!ReplyCancel

  • julia - Hi Anne,
    your tutorial is great ~ even more tempting to make a bag myself. And Chelsea looks adorable. Is there some kind of dog school where they learn to be beyond cute? I bet there is because they all get me with that look ;o).
    Hugs, Julia
    {back to work…it's 3 a.m. …I might just as well skip sleeping ;O)…there are definitely some advantages to stay up late: I can read your posts earlier!}ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - Yay! That was a lot of work — but oh, so cute. (And Chelsea is adorable!) Thanks for all the great info!ReplyCancel