Monday, October 19, 2009

Little Girl's Bag: Take 2

So I made another bag, this time for an almost-2yr old who acts so much older than 2. She's a very girly-girl who puts on her own 'make up' when her mom is getting herself dolled up. I thought she could use a purse. I even added some pom-pom trim because I had a feeling little fingers would love to play with the soft little pom-poms, and I was right!


I mistakenly thought the trim would hide my crooked stitching, but the trim itself proved hard to stitch on straight. Short pom-poms and the sewing machine presser foot = eng (tight fit).


Then I realized it only added to the mess
that was going on inside the bag! grrrr...


However, I did a much better job on the shoulder strap this time (even though attaching it wasn't as pretty as last time). It turned out to be way too long for her, but oh well. I hate straps because you have to turn the whole thing inside out after sewing it shut, but after much tugging and sighing and trying various methods, it came out the right way. Phew!

I also had a reoccuring problem that I think has to do with the bag liner being too big or small compared to the outer shell. It bunched up here on the side again. Super annoying. I'd already had a mishap that required 4 separate uses of the seam ripper, so I gave up on this problem and just left it. I should've just taken a break and come back to it again.


I was pleased with the bag liner and
the little inside pocket I added.


I also tried something a little different with the flower on the outside, making the inner layer more daffodil-esque. I used a skinnier and much shorter length of fabric than I used on the bottom layer.


Altogether it was a successful venture. It was an improvement over the last bag and I think it was good to try the same thing again so I could see where I still need some practice. These little projects are great for encouraging me to keep trying: they're simple enough to be do-able within a short amount of time. Of course, seeing a little person's eyes light up and watching them continually use the item is an encouragement as well! Off to cut some fabric for a new and different project!

8 comments :

Pen and View said...

fabric glue some cute colored bias tape on the inside seam to hide the stitches...

My Owl Barn said...

Those pom-poms look like a great addition.

Barb said...

What little girl wouldn't love that! It's adorable!!!

juliette said...

T - thanks for the idea. I've been meaning to find out what 'fabric glue' in German is...hm...

Epp said...

Just a wild guess, but... Textilkleber perhaps?

juliette said...

I think you're on to something Epp, I should be hitting up a Karstadt soon, so I'll have to check.

The Antiques Diva™ said...

Too Cute!!! The pom poms make the bag!!

juliette said...

Epp's right, it's Textilekleber. Just checked today =)

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