I made a charm pack bag for a gift

When I worked I made multiple gifts for secretaries, administrators, teachers on my team and in my department. Since I was sewing for all of those people I also sewed for nearly everyone else in my life. I am amazed when I think back on it.  When I retired, I cut the list back to my family and my condo neighbors. This year I sewed one main present, I made a charm pack bag for a gift.

My favorite neighbor and I both moved in during 1996 so I am running out of things to sew for her. Luckily she asked me over the summer if I could make her another bag for her knitting. I was happy to do it and I finished it on Christmas Eve, right in time.

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I dug out the pattern when she first asked me, choose a charm pack and gathered some misc fabric for the lining. Then I let it marinate for quite a while.

In the fall, I lined up the 12 charm squares I wanted for the front and the three I would use for the pocket. I even managed to sew the rows together. 2

Phew, I guess I was exhausted because those all had to rest for another month. I decided I was just over making this bag. I made 10 of them one summer which gave me a great knowledge base on how to make a bag. But, this year I had trouble cranking out one.

Late December 21st, I realized I better finish that bag. Duh! Then I kicked it into high 3gear.

I sewed all the strips for the front, pressed them so the seams dovetailed and sewed the front together. 4

We were cooking now! Or sewing, or something.

I got the back done and all the pockets. I changed the pattern slightly in that I used charm squares to create the inside pockets, 3 of them.

I also differed from the pattern by using soft and stable as the interfacing. That stuff is great but it 5is sew in so I sprayed it first with 505 temporary adhesive. I quilted around the squares onto the soft and stable.

Over the next couple of days I sewed when I could. I secured the pockets on the front and in the lining. I interfaced the pockets and lining with Pellon iron on batting. They both could stand up by themselves after I sewed the sides right sides together! I also used the Pellon for making the handles.

When I sewed the bottom together I left a gap on the lining. I drew a 3″ line, more or less, where the bag seemed to break naturally. I sewed them together at the top, rst. Then I pulled the bag through the lining and sewed the gap closed. After ironing the bag, I top stitched all around the top.

The bag was done, my neighbor was thrilled and I was a successful Santa.

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Sew happy!

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