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Adding Lining & Handles

Susan Beal

Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners

Susan Beal

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22. Adding Lining & Handles


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Adding Lining & Handles

And now we're going tio way have the outer bag and the lining and what we're going to d'oh is slip thie outer bag into the lining we want our right sides facing so we're going to get an early peek at our finished bag even though the top edges air still raw and it doesn't have its finishing touches yet it's just really fun to see how it looks and this is our magnificent box corner there we just finish so yeah there's side one spring and there's fall now we slip outer into the lining and we want our right sides facing here so for this one that means the lining is gonna have the pretty side in and the bag is gonna have the pretty side out you want those to be touching and then we shake it out and align our seems and the seams meaning the side scene that joins the outer section of the bag and the side scene that joins the intersection of the lining need to be pen together so he contest the fit not the lining to fit inside the bag very smoothly and neatly and if it's a little loose I'm just...

going to bring it in a fraction of an inch this is a great time to check that before you start sewing ideally you want your bag to just have a nice smooth even join some looking at the us and it looks pretty tight I like how the lining and the dunham are just really compatible and working well together, so I'm just gonna go with that if you do have some differences in the lining, for example, of the lining is ah generally easier to alter than the denham or an outer home deck fabric. I would go ahead and change my lining, whether that means taking a seamount and making it a little bigger or adding a second seemed parallel that makes it a little smaller, but that's a great way to just make sure you're fit is good. So now we're going to cut our handles from webbing and I used, as you can see in this one, I use red for my daughter strong's I thought I would surprise hirsch with hot like a hot pink we're going to have to webbing handles that air each twenty four inches long, and you want to make sure they're exactly the same length and I'm just gonna test sees here, so one is just a fraction longer than the other, so just to make them consistent and easier to cia's, I pin them together and won't be able to see them she's going to trim the longer one a bit, so they're the same size, so this is two twenty four inch pieces of webbing. Often when you buy it it's sold with a little tape on one end so it doesn't unravel, which is just a nice way for the store in this case fabric depot worry about this to make sure it gets home neatly and safely now we're going to add our the's webbing handles and as you can see on the finished bag I used mine here I really there one inch and which is a bit like the lunch tote construction there one inch over from this corner on all sides the main thing you want to make sure is that your consistent with your placement and then second that you're not going to have a twist inside the bag because the way that we build this bag since we're gonna be stuck here on the perimeter is that we're going to have the lining and an outer bag with the webbing handles inside so you know, I find my bag seems right here as you can see on this overhead, I'll try not to block it just her second here you can see my eleven inch wide seems this was the section above the drawing these are that same seem from our very first construction, but I'm going to measure over one inch from there and place my handles there you've got a lot of freedom here, you could make the mus wider it's narrow she want placement wise you'll just want to make sure as I said, they match the other side and they're consistent so now I'm measuring using my quilty roller here's another one just gonna put a pin here and this seems that it doesn't get pulled because the webbing is a little heavier than ah just you know, not having an extra thing you're adding oh yea box corners our son and I'm going to do the same thing on the other side I'm going to find my one inch mark and I want to put a pin right there this is also something you could mark with washable fabric marker but as I mentioned that the denham it's a similar color so it's harder to see so for things like that I just tend to use as I did with the oilcloth interestingly and just going to add the pin all right so now you can see just to mention this one to make sure these line up neatly as my bag that looks good depends are and the same basic spot it's going to move this one over a fraction of an inch so I'm just making sure that my handles are going to align nicely so take my first handle make sure there's not a huge twist in it is of course going to have a little flexibility without hangs like a swing I want to check it in between my lining and my outer and I want to make sure with my handles that just a quarter inch or so is above the raw edge of the bag that is important because you don't want it to disappear and not end up actually being caught kirkley and if it's poking above you know exactly where it is and you know how it's oriented if it's and another thing I want to try to do is make sure that straight up and down as you can see here trained to just I use that one inches my center mark for my handles essentially and I'll make sure again before I so that they're aligned with the other side believe it or not we're going to have a bag in a few minutes after our all our hard work on it and I've got my second handle and it took it also inside between my outer in my lining I'm gonna pennant in place the same way I did on the other side I'm going to make sure again I do not have a twist and I don't and I want to put it here it's easier to see if I have it outside but I'll talk it in for sewing and then upend that right there as well so now I'm gonna check this in between the two layers shake them on hold this up a last time and just compare where these handles landing they look pretty nice and neat so I'm going to be happy with us and I'm gonna start instead of having just the handles pendant place with just the dinner I won a pennant so that they catch the lining to so as you can see now I've got all layers is caught together and I'm going to do the same with my other handles so everything's neatly arranged, we're going to just toss so around the perimeter of this back and a few minutes catching the handles and uniting the outer section in the lining and a really neat, clean way that's going toe conceal all these raw edges, so none of this is going to show in just a couple minutes and if you make any mistakes here, absolutely no worries you can always turn this back out under your stitches and re, so so don't worry if you end up with a handle twister something's off this exact center match, you can just fix it later, but so I'm happy with us. I like how it's just neatly aligned I've got my handles in the right place and now I'm going to sew with a half inch seam allowance again and this time just like that, all the dinner I'm going to be searching some heavy seems so I'm gonna want to take it a little slow on this area's and you can so either side I actually find it probably easiest to sew in the denim side just cause it's the inside at this point but it's really flexible you khun so the lining side if you'd prefer so when a line it so that I have a half inch seam allowance which means a half inch from the top is the raw edge I want to take my pens out as I so just as I would with any other thing and when I go over the handles, I'm going to take special care because that's a very thick part with thick cotton webbing, thick dunham and a seam near it. So I'm just going to say that a bit more carefully coming up to that's going to be really gentle with this part so that it works well perfects in here my lining is a little taller than the denim and that's no big deal it's just going to even out when it's all stitched together but if you do have a little fabric difference just you know don't worry about unless it's dangerously close your seem and you're not getting a full amount of ah distance so that it could unravel okay, so I'm going over this side seem again, which is the widest one and just making sure that it's lying flat need okay great so the last step I'll do here just want to check my stitching it looks they send even there's no folds or anywhere where the fabrics cotton twisted I'm just going to reinforce just see spots where the handles are one more time it's just worth it to me to know that the handles are really nice and secure because they're going to be the ones taking weight and when that's the bags being used I'm just going to do that back stitch ford stitch back such over each of the handle spots and for my last you doing it the same way ok, so now we need to dio two things one has changed the bob into blue because I'm going to be stitching around the perimeter and I want to make sure that my denim is gonna look nice with blue stitch on it instead of wait so I've got my blue bobbin rate here and the other is look this bag around precedent and such the perimeter which I like to think of is a victory lap because you've just made ah whole bag and this is the fun part getting to admire it course we'll catch any little tweaks we want to make or anything else, but essentially we are a few minutes away from completely finished custom pearl dixon deal art bag so I've got my a new threat color in if this opening I left was too small which very good my senior buckle just gonna open it out a bit so it's any easier an easier turn of the bag you don't want to end up kind of smashing the dunham up and making it crinkly and messy it's nice to have it have a little bit of smoothness when it's being flipped so got a little pressing and going to do but here's our bag thank you I really like this one it's very simple but it's just fun re stitch that hola absolutely I'm just about to do that now so what you can do is you can hand such this with a slip such which is very discreet but just for the luxury of quickness I'm going to go ahead and give it a quick machine stitch and it's very discreet because it's at the very bottom of the lining so you really don't see it but ah hands which is a really nice way to finish it as well so I'm going to do is take this lining spot the one I just opened a little further so there was easier to float groups and I'm just gonna press us out nice and neat and stitch it together the streets which I'm not going to be using a blue thread for my lining this is such a vibrant multi colored bag that really the lining I mean you could use blue, white, red, green, orange anything but because I still already up blew on my machine from the denim sewing blue makes it easy, so I'm going to do here is a little edge stretch where you can see that my, um, threads we're peaking out, they're just gonna drop my needle in, do a reverse to start stitched the opening perimeter that I just pressed and then just from my parents go, and I did just think of one bit of advice, which is that it's kind of better to leave a small opening that you then can enlarge with a seam ripper because with box corner, she don't want to leave an opening that so big that it would affect making the box corners of that makes sense. You don't want to have an opening that's going toe be too far over and end up, you'll have to go back and fix it and then do a box corner where you had had left it open for turning a little more than it needed. So now I'm going to do a quick press and all I'm going to do here is make sure that my fabrics need and lying flat you, if anything, you'd like your lining to be inside the fabric. I'll show you in just a second what I mean by that, but you can just rotate this around, you don't want it poking out so it's, almost like a binding, are showing. It's better to have it so that maybe at the slightest bit of denham shows on the inside it's just a little more discreet in a calmer way toe have your design work, flip the server in a minute and pressed from the inside so you'll see that in a minute then and one thing I thought I was talking to my daughter's kindergarten teacher last week who's a friend of mine on teacher debbie and she was saying that she loved this bag and thought of the a great teacher gift, and we did a wonderful picture of all the kids in debbie's class with debbie and the art project that we did for school fundraiser auction holding the art piece, which was a big grouping of butterflies each child painted and we cut out carefully and I thought for debbie's gift I'd love to go ahead and make her one with one of the sides being drawing and the other side being a copy of that photo just blown up to eight by ten so that it fit wallace part of this bag tsunami you know that I've pressed this out. You can press from the inside again too if you'd like and it go ahead pen my lining down and when you do this perimeter stitch, which, as I mentioned, I like to call the victory lap since for finishing this bag up completely now I'm going to go just a bit slow because you're going to be stitching a double thickness of denim and a double thickness of lining, so as I go around, I'm just going to make sure that the machine is handling the seems well, because at those seems it's going to be twice as thick, and we've got just a lot going on with the way that the bag was made to make sure that we don't end up with any threat traffic jams. So when I extend my stitch, link the bed up to between three and four on just one and always make sure you know you've got your projects kind of in front of you. So if it's a bag like something or something circular and it's kind of getting pulled this way as you go, you can always stop drop the needle and kind of a gesture projects so it's still kind of aligned and neatly feeding into the machine, not caught up or pushed forward there's one place where it's going through a lot of layers at the same time, so I'll give it a little adjustment and not visits here's the finished bag it's just got this time hot pink handles and honor of my daughter kind of goes with the spring sign. Got a couple of threats to trim, but both sides are all said, I'll give it a quick press, and then I just love the lining and how great and pretty it isthe well, but for a child, particularly, you can use it in reverse. If you want to, you want to change it up, absolutely. And then, if you wanted to make it for an adult, I think that'd be great. If you just increased and just using consistencies, you could change your outer and lining. I just maybe make it four inches wider and the handles two or three inches longer each, and I think it would be perfect. So there we go. We've got that all set and her last projects a little bit quite, I should say quite a bit simpler now. How are they doing with bags? We seem to be almost there. You see some facts and mining's coming together really nicely.

Class Description

Are you intimidated by your sewing machine? Don't be! Join experienced sewist Susan Beal as she guides you through the basics of sewing, including using straight stitches, zigzag stitches, simple appliqué, and easy binding.

Using simple projects in kid's sizes, Susan will teach you to customize t-shirts, create simple tote bags, reusable napkins, and more! You'll learn tricks that the experts use to create their own contrasting binding tape, how to sew on a variety of fabrics, and how to incorporate snaps and eyelets into your projects.

If you're a beginning sewer this course will give you clear, easy-to-follow ideas and inspiration for projects that tap into your family’s creative spirit.



What a great class! Susan does a fabulous job explaining each project and is great at giving you a heads up on what issues you might face with each project. I've now made two applique projects with another in the works. I've also made two of the girls skirts. Susan gave me the confidence to try and I am really happy with the results. Hope to try the binding tape soon. Thanks for offering this video.

Amanda Siska

Susan's projects were the best introduction to sewing I could have hoped for! I wasn't able to watch every project, but the ones I saw were simple, VERY clearly explained, and perfect for a beginning seamstress like myself. I'd never used binding tape before, or elastic, but now I'm confident about making my own binding tape and adding elastic waistbands to pretty much anything. I was immediately inspired to make a few skirts for myself after watching the simple children's skirt in this course, and I'm planning to make cloth napkins and an oilcloth lunch sack as well. I wish I'd gotten to see the applique portion, so I think I'll have to purchase the course in order to see that part. I'm positive that it will be just what I need to learn the process! I see that the previous reviewer was disappointed by the lack of diversity of crafts for this course, but I find that the name "Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners" was completely accurate for what it was. Perhaps it was categorized in a craft category, which would still seem applicable. I think it was advertised as having back to school projects to make for your kids, which is an even more detailed description of the course, since it includes clothing for boys and girls, as well as a lunch tote, cloth napkin, cape, and maybe more things I missed. Overall, this was my first Creative Live experience, and I was blown away by how informative and fun it was to watch!


Fun projects to make for your little one. Susan explains things so clearly. Very nice that she also offers patterns and written instructions for free