getting bagged!

A few weeks back some of us from the LMQG made a trip down to Brighton to do some bag making with Lisa Lam from U-Handbags.  Lisa lives and works down on the south coast and on a beautiful sunny Wednesday we made some bags and had some ice cream!

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My after lunch snack!

My after lunch snack!

Lisa was great.  She sent us our pattern in advance so we had a chance to review but once we got to class we were all business.

We started out by trimming the paper pattern and choosing our interior and exterior fabrics.  Victoria picked out the Liberty Fabric she wanted the night before so I was all set.  After trimming the pattern we needed to transfer it to both the interior and exterior along with the batting and interfacing.

paper pattern trimmed out and ready for the pinning.

paper pattern trimmed out and ready for the pinning.

After all of our pieces were trimmed and sorted we added a few interior pockets.

my slightly askew pockets.

my slightly askew pockets.

Lisa monitoring our every move with her iced coffee in hand.

Lisa monitoring our every move with her iced coffee in hand.

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On to the bag making we went.

the exterior and interfacing ready and squared off at the bottom.

the exterior and interfacing ready and squared off at the bottom.

the interior with pockets sewn with the batting.

the interior with pockets sewn with the batting.

inside and out edge sewn where the frame won't cover.

inside and out edge sewn where the frame won’t cover.

Now we are ready for the frame to be added.  I was a bit nervous at this point.  While I use glue all the time, I don’t usually have to worry about it staining or sticking to other things it is not supposed to. Lisa gave us a spot on demo and we were all ready to try it ourself.

the special fabric glue ready for the frame.

the special fabric glue ready for the frame.

side one glued and inserted. just need to let it set for a few minutes before we get to the other side.

side one glued and inserted. just need to let it set for a few minutes before we get to the other side.

Side two done!

Side two done!

I know I had a great time learning how to make these bags.  Lisa makes them look simple and now I know they are.

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