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Project

Batik Briefcase Bag

This was one of the most complicated projects I've undertaken in a while. I found it very satisfying. Annie's instructions were excellent and even though I'm a person who has sewn for almost 60 years, I learned several new techniques. I particularly found using the stiletto invaluable for this project. I can see that I'll be using it in lots of other projects. I LOVE! the pages of labels although I sometimes got confused by their names and whether I should be using a 'coordinating' fabric or a 'contrasting' fabric. I was short on fabric so decided on some items as I progressed through the process. I think a bag drawing with fabric numbers on each section could be helpful. I'm less happy with my choice of mesh color. In some lights, the bright green works, especially on the inside pocket, but on the outside it looks a bit more casual than I'd like. I'd either do fabric pockets next time, no pockets or try to find a more suitable coordinating color. I found the final steps of putting the bag together very difficult but persevered and am pleased with the results. Having seen my fellow students' projects, I think the Pendleton and the plainer fabrics show off the project better. Thanks Annie. It was a great learning experience.

You Can Make This

radweb418440 made Batik Briefcase Bag with:

Sew Sturdy: The Multitasking Messenger Bag

Online Class

Sew Sturdy: The Multitasking Messenger Bag

with Annie Unrein

  • Foam Stalibizer
  • #16 sharp needles
  • Stiletto

Project Description

This was one of the most complicated projects I've undertaken in a while. I found it very satisfying. Annie's instructions were excellent and even though I'm a person who has sewn for almost 60 years, I learned several new techniques. I particularly found using the stiletto invaluable for this project. I can see that I'll be using it in lots of other projects. I LOVE! the pages of labels although I sometimes got confused by their names and whether I should be using a 'coordinating' fabric or a 'contrasting' fabric. I was short on fabric so decided on some items as I progressed through the process. I think a bag drawing with fabric numbers on each section could be helpful. I'm less happy with my choice of mesh color. In some lights, the bright green works, especially on the inside pocket, but on the outside it looks a bit more casual than I'd like. I'd either do fabric pockets next time, no pockets or try to find a more suitable coordinating color. I found the final steps of putting the bag together very difficult but persevered and am pleased with the results. Having seen my fellow students' projects, I think the Pendleton and the plainer fabrics show off the project better. Thanks Annie. It was a great learning experience.

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Skill Level

Intermediate