Hello! I am giving you a preview of my Louisa bag and the progress I have made so far. (If you would like to purchase this pattern or any of our other patterns, visit our shop here.) I hope you have had a great start to the week!!
These are the tools that I use when I am making a bag. I just got the tailors pressing ham yesterday and have found that I love it! I looked it up and found there is a tutorial for making your own if you don’t want to purchase one. Google tailors pressing ham and I am sure you will find one or more on the internet. It only costed about $15.00, which is not that much considering there are many other times I wish I had one. What I had been using was the rounded end of my ironing board and it did a fairly good job, but I think I am going to love this extra tool!!
I use a 24″ ruler, nice and long for cutting those longer lengths of fabric, interfacing and flannel. Rotary cutter, a cloth tape measure, (nice for measuring around the bag for adding the gusset and such). Then scissors, seam ripper, and a pincushion for all the pins I use in construction. The pins with the yellow heads are sturdier for those thicker layers. I find the thinner pins bend too easily, so I will save them for quilting and sewing. Of course not shown are my sewing machine and iron! Couldn’t do it with out them!!
Just a quick view of how my Louisa bag is coming along. There is a Louisa Bag tour on instagram. If you would like to see lots more Louisa bags in the process of being made, search the #Louisabag, or #cloverandviolet, you will find more. Some completely finished and some just getting started. I have been enjoying seeing them all!! These ladies are doing an amazing job.