Monday, January 28, 2008

Bias Tape Tote

I'm on a bias binding binge. Much to my delight I found this bias tape tote tutorial at belle epoque. This tutorial is so great it actually comes with a printable pattern! For the "embroidery", I liked the idea of cutting out a complicated shape (some tribal tattoo) from the outside fabric and outlining it onto a contrasting fabric. I can't remember what the technique is called. I used 10g white cotton perle for the outline because it has such a nice sheen and it wears well. The bias binding bit was a little nightmarish. I really didn't get the hang of using my 3/4" bias tape maker. I kept scrunching up the fabric. Sewing the bias binding to the bag was rather smooth but when I had to sew the bias binding (the handle bit) alone, the feed dog kept trying to eat up my binding. Adjusting the presser foot pressure didn't really help. For the closure, I toyed with the idea of using two strings to tie in a bow. But it felt too impractical. I ended up using gripper stud. Yes, I used a hammer today.

My first bias tape tote

Here's a view of the lining


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