Now in our Sew Along of the Nappy Bag we're onto the base gusset which will join together with the zipped gusset to form the one gusset. This post is picture heavy!
I spent many, many, many hours developing this gusset method. I wanted to be able to create bags with a zipped gusset like this that didn't require hand stitching the lining to the zip, or applying binding to exposed seams. I hate both hand stitching and binding as many of you already know.
It took me days to work this out and I nearly pulled my hair out, however Sara from Sew Sweetness encouraged me to keep going (she probably doesn't remember this!) and ta-da, the method was born.
Although I can't claim it's unique and original, as I'm sure there's nothing unique and original in the world of sewing any more, I don't know of any other bag pattern designer who used this method before me. So folks, hopefully those of you who hate hand stitching and binding too can appreciate the time that went into the research and development, just remember, you saw it here first!
Right, to business, first of all before we can sew our gussets we need to make sure they've got everything that they need. For the base gusset that's side tabs (F) and elastic side pockets (L).
If you're quilting your heavy stabiliser to your base gusset, go ahead and make sure that's done before you do the rest of the steps in this post.
I'm using triangular rings for the sew along, a truly innovative bit of bag making kit!
Thread the triangular (or D) rings onto the tabs to the centre and stitch using your zip foot as close as you can get. I use my adjustable piping/zipper foot. It's excellent for getting really close!
feet to your bag, which is not in the pattern, then you will need to make the markings and holes for them now. I'll be using 6 feet for a bag of this size. Draw a line across the width of the base gusset at the centre and one 6" (15.5cm) either side.
If you are completing the elastic side pockets and internal bottle holders, please follow instructions 50) - 59) in the pattern. I've left my elastic side pockets off so that you can see the happenings a bit clearer. The side pockets will go over the side tabs, so don't worry if that's the case for you. If you need more help with the side pockets and elastic bottle holders, please feel free to ask in the facebook groups!
I've added an elastic bottle holder to my bag for my bottle of water, you don't need to be carting babies bottles to need a bottle holder!
Up next is the zipped gusset, the most exciting part!
I'm using a Sewline glue pen to attach my zipper but you can use wondertape if you have it. Mine gums up my needle though so I stick to my pen!
If you haven't already marked the centres then do so now within the seam allowance with a pencil or a biro. Don't use a frixion or an air disappearing pen, you want these marks to stay!
Check back tomorrow for joining your gussets, in the meantime, please do ask any questions you have in the facebook groups!