I had every intention of making this a tutorial post but I took one picture after cutting it and then forgot all about it. Tutorials are a lot of work, children. Furthermore, I do it only for fun.
I’ve learned several sewing techniques this past year which were awesome and made things which seemed enormously difficult at first much easier. One such technique was making the gusset of any bag. Once you’ve cracked that egg, a whole new world of bags awaits!
I made a circle about seven and a half inches in diameter on a piece of paper, then used it as a draft to cut the fabric pieces. The usual drill, two main pieces, two lining pieces, two interfacing pieces. I used polyester for this, I love how soft and squishy yet upright the project looks whenever I use it.
I love this print. It legit made me do a double-take in the shop. It’s a newspaper print from the Times 2012. DROOL.
The gusset consists of two pieces, one that is on top and has the zipper and the other on the bottom without the zipper. The upper part is further divided into two pieces which eventually connect with the zipper on each side and make one whole piece. For the bottom, zipper-less part of the gusset I used polyester and for the two-piece upper part I used fusible fleece. Lining as well for both parts.
Then there’s the strap, two small tabs and rectangular rings that connect the strap and the tabs. I did not make the strap adjustable as I don’t know how yet. This is what you get after all the cutting.
The strap isn’t in the picture.
The only “flaw” in this back is that it flips. Let me explain. What I did was, I cut it so that upper and lower parts of the gusset were equal, as in the zipper part ended right at the middle on both sides and the bottom part began. The strap juts out of the gusset right where the zipper ends are so the strap ends are exactly in the middle of the bag. This is what makes it flip. I didn’t anticipate that. If I had I would have made the zipper part shorter so that strap would be a little above the middle on both sides and it wouldn’t have flipped upside down then. Oh, well. At least, as long as it’s zipped shut nothing would tumble out so I guess it’s fine. Ish.
I still love it.
The taxi reminds me of a game we used to play when we were kids. It was called Crazy Taxi. I loved that too.
I also had to quilt the pieces to prevent the polyester from moving around inside. I love prints which have big blocks or shapes which makes it easier. I just have to sew on the edges of those shapes, quilts it and hides the stitches as well.
Hidden seams which are a WIN.