I decided to go the traditional route rather than quilting this so I had to cut out all those extra Peltex and Shape-Flex pieces. The cutting definitely gets tedious but I took a tip from Stephanie and Natalie about the joys of sewing on vacation and decided to setup my "sweat" shop on the porch in Maine.
Wrap 'n Fuse Piping. It really does bond so joining the ends at the bottom in Step 6 was a bit of a challenge but it saves you from step 3F, stitching the cording. I didn't think it through before I started but I'm pretty sure that if you make two strips of piping each the length of 1 package of Wrap 'n Fuse you can get 1 pocket top and 1 main panel from each strip.
Step 4 is also well written and easy to follow. I really like her Peltex sandwich method for putting together the various layers. It prevents the bunchy look you get when you affix Decor-Bond to your exterior fabric and makes the bag nice and stiff.
The hardest part of Step 6 is pinning the straps through the layers of Peltex. Next time I'll try a glue stick. As suggested by some other bloggers, I stitched along my rows of topstitching up to the 9" mark and stitched an X at the top to make the straps more secure.
It definitely makes life easier to use Clover Wonder Clips to hold the layers together for Step 7.
Remember to tuck your straps inside your pocket so they don't get stitched into your piping and just take it nice and slow. It also helps to use coordinating thread.
And there you have it, your front and back bag panels:-) Tune in next week when we tackle the dreaded zipper installation in Step 8;-)
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