What are you most proud of? I really loved the way the front panel turned out. The Eiffel Tower design stitched out beautifully and the ribbon with French writing really sets the bag off, All the elements I'd imagined came together better than I could have hoped. My Sister-in-law was overjoyed with the gift! What advice would you give someone starting this project? I'd recommend practicing with Peltex before doing any major projects. It gives a nice rigidity to bags, but it is difficult and cumbersome to work with at first. It's better to encase it in your partially assembled panels, then stitch the panels together and hide all raw edges. I went about the construction of this bag the traditional way, meaning working inside-out and then turning the right-side out. Bad idea with Peltex. The result was a crooked and sloppy top edge to the bag. Instead, make each panel for the bag, the front, back, sides and bottom, and then sew each completed panel together. You'll have a much more professional look when finished. This process makes for thick layers, so make sure your machine is up to the task. And you may want to add purse feet to the bottom to help the bag stand upright better.
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