I love seeing the same pattern being made in a wide range of fabrics and styles!
My Betty Bag is growing in popularity and I want to show you some stunning finishes!
Aren’t they fabulous!
I just love how stylishly practical they are, ready for some serious use about town!
And 3 more to show you.
These are Betty Bags made by my #threadsacrossthesea buddies, Trudi, Sarah and Di.
Because we weren’t able to have our annual meet up this year, we had ourselves a secret swap, making Betty, and had an exciting reveal over zoom at the weekend. I received the first one pictured, which was from the super talented Trudi (@Trudi_wood), made in stunning Art Gallery Fabrics, received together with this package of cuteness!
I’m happy to report the sun is shining (for a change). Not been the best summer for warm sunny weather here this year, but today I am thankful for (a little) heat and light!
And that makes it the perfect day to tell you that our Betty Bag class is now available for general release! Hooray! Click here to access.
The ladies from my regular classes have been beavering away on their Betty Bags these past 3 weeks, and it was so lovely to see some finished bags yesterday on our zoom call.
I’m just waiting on a few more photos to come in and then I can show you their amazing results!
So far I have made 5 Betty Bags, the most recent one as part of a secret swap between me and my ‘Threads Across the Sea’ quilting buddies! (tune in to the hashtag #justjudebettybag over on instagram this week to see the Betty Bags of my swap buddies!).
This class is made up of 1 pre-recorded YouTube video and a PDF document.
In your order confirmation email (& when you complete the order at checkout) you will receive a link to a PDF document. This document lists the full list of materials needed, the cutting out instructions and the link to the YouTube video. To access the YouTube video, copy and paste this link into your internet browser to access the video.
In this class you will learn:
How to use metal or plastic zippers
How to insert zippers 2 ways
How to quilt panels using a quilting bar
Bag construction using interfacing
How to make a removeable strap
How to insert a magnetic clasp
So if you would like a compact and slimline pouch to keep all your travel or night-out essentials safe and sound, then why not make your own!
And as my ladies have discovered, they also make for great gifts too!
To get a flavour of what my video classes look like, checkout the free tutorials on my YouTube channel.
In our current block of classes we are looking at tucks and pleats.
You may remember I had made 2 examples of tucks for our classes, but at the time was still working on a pleats sample.
And here it is:
The pattern for this pleated bag is by Lisa Lam (U-handbag.com) and is called ‘For Pleats Sake!’. You can find the free tutorial here.
The tutorial doesn’t include quantities for the exterior and interior fabrics.
If you are using non-directional fabric you will need 0.5 metre of both. However, if you have a direction to your pattern which follows the width of the bolt, you will need 0.75 metres.
And a further note on the fabrics. I used ‘deco’ (decorating) weight fabric (or lightweight curtaining) from Ikea. This fabric gives body to the bag, pleats beautifully and negates the need for interfacing or fusible fleece.
I used the same weight for the lining (a vintage curtain) which also gets pleated. However if you wanted to use quilting weight cotton I recommend using a heavy weight sew-in stabiliser (rather than fusible fleece) on both the exterior and lining. Spray baste the sew-in stabiliser rather than using a fusible heavy weight stabiliser as this could resist the light weight cotton and cause it to bubble.
Sewing the faux leather handles through the exterior layers only can be tricky (the handles can’t be held in place with pins and the needle comes out awkwardly between the exterior and lining!). So try sewing through both layers and covering the visible back stitching with glued on fabric or leather scraps.
P.s. you want to use really strong thread to sew on your handles, like linen, perle cotton or 6 strand embroidery floss.
The bags currently being made in class are gorgeous! I can’t wait to show you them at half term, with the equally beautiful pleated pouches and cushions! It’s a hive of wondrous activity!
(Want to know the difference between pleats and tucks? See here)