Make an Embellished, Denim Fold-Over Bag
Create the Interior Pockets
The pockets within the bag are sewn much like the exterior open pocket. They are panels, segmented by vertical stitching and sized to fit in the lining's side and bottom seams. Two differences: The lining pockets are bound with fabric strips instead of faux leather, and they are divided into three compartments instead of just two.
1) Start with the interior pocket pieces and their contrast lining that are already basted together. Pin the right side of the 2-inch-wide silk dupioni binding to the wrong side of an interior pocket's top edge, with raw edges aligned. Sew through the binding and pocket layers with a 3⁄8-inch seam allowance. Trim the binding's short ends flush with the pocket edges. Repeat with the other binding piece and interior pocket.
2) Press the binding seam as sewn. Then, fold and press 3⁄8-inch along the unsewn binding edge. Wrap the binding over the pocket's top edge to the right side. Topstitch 1⁄8-inch from the fold to secure the binding to the pocket's right side. Repeat with the other interior pocket and binding piece.
3) Place the pockets on the lining pieces. To reduce bulk in the side seams, stagger the pocket's upper edges. Place one 10 inches and the other 10-1⁄2-inches from the bag bottom. Pin in place. Stitch the pocket bottom to the lining twice, 1⁄16-inch and 1⁄4-inch from the seam edge. Then sew the pocket compartments with seams perpendicular to the pocket bottom seam. Stitch through the pocket and lining layers as for the exterior open pocket, reinforcing the pocket's attachment at the upper edge with zigzag stitching.
Posted on Aug 27th, 2012 in sewing, online extras, patterns, SewStylish, sewstylish fall 2012