Great Tips for Making Spring & Summer Bags

  Spring and summer are the seasons of the bag and the Sew Daily team has produced a new eBook that has 9 lovely bag patterns and a ton of great techniques and tips. Here are tricks from Katrina Loving on how to make your bag sturdier: 

Consider the Stress Points

Think about how your bag will be used. Will you be toting heavy loads? Will you be storing the bag by hanging it from a hook? Make sure that your stitching is strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use.

Here are some techniques to strengthen your tote:

1)  Double stitch (stitch the first seam, then stitch again within the seam allowance, 1⁄16″-1⁄8″ from the first seam line) and/or topstitch seams (catching the seam allowances in the stitching) to add strength.

Try using a contrasting thread to make topstitching an eye-catching design element.

2) To attach exposed straps or handles, topstitch a square on the strap/handle, then topstitch an X shape through the middle of the square

.3) Bartack or use a short zigzag stitch at the top corners of patch pockets to reinforce the attachment.Find 3 free tote bag patterns and get started on making your own.

Jewel Tone Duffle


Bag Of Tricks PurseBagofTricksRock The Tote BagRocktheToteFor more great patterns for summer bags that are sure to tickle your fancy, plus ideas and tactics for bag construction, check out the Bags You Will Love to Sew eBook in the Sew Daily Shop.Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 4.05.54 PMDo you have a favorite tip for sewing bags? I would love to know!Happy stitching!

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