I would like to start by saying that as I have mentioned before, I am by no means an expert, especially in the sewing arena. If you are a total beginner, maybe this will give you some confidence to try it out. In fact, I had to bring in my mother for advice on my sewing projects.
Her first tip: Don't read the directions. "What?" I say, "Why did I get a pattern if I am not supposed to read it?" (I am a big direction reader - it goes against reason to NOT read them). I guess with sewing, you are just supposed to know and use the pattern and not the directions
Here is the pattern that you are NOT supposed to read :) See & Sew B5124
I purchased 1 yard each corduroy fabric in 3 coordinating colors: Coffee Brown, Teal blue, and aqua with flowers. Then I purchased 2 yards of a lining fabric in regular flat cotton that coordinating perfectly with all three (dots of brown, teal and mustard). I purchased a little extra of each than was called for. It also called for sew-in interfacing of "heavyweight hair canvas". After purchase the wrong thing, I asked my mother who said that you could use anything for interfacing that was heavy weight. I had already a ton of this pink cord, so I used it. For notions, you need 2 D-Rings each and a 14" zipper. It also has a beaded tassel listed that I skipped. Fabric cost $23 (after coupons and tax) and the notions were $13, making each purse roughly $13/each. This project would have been too expensive to do full price!
Step 1 - Cut it out
Completely cut out your pattern and locate all the parts that are needed. In this case, there are 5 pattern pieces. You will end up with 13 pieces of fabric total: front & back of purse in cord, interfacing and lining, strap in cord and interfacing, facing in cord, tab in cord, and pocket in lining.
Step 2 - Pin Interfacing& Baste
|I used the 20 basting stitch setting (I think it means it skips 20 stitches, but I don't know, just that it works)|
Step 3 - Darts
Stitch the darts in each front and back so that the triangle is on the pink interfacing.
|This is the triangle on the inside|
|This is the outside, which is not a cute dart to make the bottom flat.|
|Make sure that your darts line up, before you sew it together.|
Sew the upper edges together just to the circles on the pattern. Right sides should be sewn together and attached by these 2" section.
|Do this for both sides and for facing|
Open the facing and bag and pin the right side together.
|make sure to match seams|
|stitch all the way around making square ends|
|you need to clip diagonally to stitched corners.|
Step 6 - Press & Baste (optional)
After this, you turn facing to inside and can press, although honestly, I didn't. They also wanted you to baste the raw edges together
There are more steps, so stated tuned for more