BAGMAKING OCTOBER BAG OF THE MONTH - THE BY ANNIE TAKE A STAND
This bag pattern features two sizes of stand-up totes, each with adjustable shoulder straps. They are designed to open wide for easy access. In addition to being a tote, the smaller of the two was designed to be placed under the by Annie Running With Scissors tool case in the open position to prop it up to easily reach your tools. But this size could also be used for just about anything, such as cosmetics and toiletries, as a diaper bag, you name it. The larger size will hold a small sewing machine, such as a Featherweight. If you choose to make your bag for that use, or to carry any other heavier items, an acrylic base stabilizer is strongly recommended (and we can order the exact size you’ll need, if you wish). This larger bag also can hold lots of fabric, a small quilt, and it’s great for classes/retreats. It will hold both the Running With Scissors and smaller Take A Stand bags. Other than size difference, these bags are identical, so you may opt to make either size in this class.
Previous bagmaking experience will be very helpful. Skills you will use include working with foam stabilizer and quilting with that, zipper installation, sewing mesh, covering long webbing handles with fabric, working with bagmaking hardware including hooks and d-rings and applying bias binding. A bias binding hack that many find easier than the pattern instructions will also be demonstrated. You may opt to cut and quilt the pieces ahead of time and/or work on your project between the two classes. This is not required, however.
Bring a sack lunch and/or snacks, if you wish.
Instructor: Cyndy White
Supplies to bring to class
-Running with Scissors By Annie pattern and all listed materials. If you purchase one of our kits, it contains the
pattern and all you need except the stabilizers.
-Recommend that you photocopy page 10 of the pattern – labels to cut apart to mark all your pieces.
-Thread to match bag fabrics, you may want several. Polyester or poly-covered cotton is recommended.
-Sewing machine and attachments
-Usual presser foot
-Walking foot for your machine, with guide if it has one
-Quarter inch foot
-Edge stitch foot, if you have one
-Rotary cutter and ruler(s)
-Size 90/14 Topstitching needles (Not universal or ball point tip. The topstitching needle is sharp
and sturdy to better go through the multiple layers of the bag).
-Basic sewing tools including bobbins, thread snips, seam ripper, straight pins, small ruler or seam gauge,
hand stitching needle
-Stiletto, By Annie’s is highly recommended
-Bodkin or other turning tool
-1/8” double-sided basting tape
-Fabric shears and small detail scissors
-Sturdy scissors for trimming thick seams and zippers (opt.)
-Chalk marker or removeable fabric marker of your choice
-Bias tape maker, size 12mm - 1/2” (opt.)
-Painters tape, 1” width works well, but any size okay (opt.)
(Anything listed as optional - instructor will have available to use in class)