Cool right?! I thought so too. And let me just go ahead and give major credit to whomever chose the fabric and/or did the sewing. Wow. It was tough to cut up. I mean, teeth-clenching, hand-cramping scissors time. I may need to relax with some wine after this project.
As I was cutting the sleeve off I realized it would be cool to cut off the shoulder flap thingies and use those somewhere too.
The front bottom pocket is HUGE, and it flares out at the bottom - which I hadn't encountered before. Normally I would cut out a band and a bag base but for this one I had to do it all in one piece to fit the pocket.
No bag of mine would be complete without the use of cargo pants for the lining. Its such a great way to upcycle. It looks fantastic and gives you lots of pockets and no new material has to be used. Yay recycling!!
One thing I do with all of my bags is I back each piece with fusible fleece. This gives the bag tremendous structure and strength. I go through about 15-20 yards of fleece a month, but the result is well worth it. Once everything is ironed and fleece is adhered, we are ready to sew!
I have to sew through a lot of layers when I'm adding the flap. This doesn't even include sewing the liner on! That comes later.
I inherited my Mom's green 1970's Sears Kennmore sewing machine and its fantastic for lighter weight sewing (like sewing on my Re-Created tags).
OOH I am at one of my favorite parts here. I have sewn the bag, attached the liner, closed the liner, and I'm about to tuck it all together and top stitch it. Almost done!
This is a Very important finishing tool! Ok, so its a meat tenderizer. But when you need something and you don't have the right tool you get creative, right? This, in combination with the wooden arm on my 1970's chair, is perfect for hammering out extra thick seams before topstitching.