Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wrapping up the Butterick 6072 Backpack Experience: Fabric and Structure

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Quite possibly, my favorite bag photo ever.
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Although I like this one too.
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Backpack in action on Tuesday--it is the right size to use as a purse.
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Previous posts about this bag:
Wonder Tape and Interior Zipper Pocket
Riri Zipper and Zipper Sandwich
Wonder Clips, Piping, and Zipper Feet
Straps, hardware, magnetic closures

Thank you for cheerleading me along!!!

I never wrote about the fabric and the stabilizing structure for Butterick 6072.

The exterior fabric is from Kashi (Metro Textiles) from PR Day 2014 and was just $2 a yard. I love love love the scale of the pattern.
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The interior graffiti fabric is from Gwen Couture in San Diego from May 2013. There's a pocket for a phone and another for a point and shoot camera.
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I embroidered a name label of course!  Above was in progress....I wound up stitching over it again before cutting it and sewing it into place.
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The NYC subway map fabric is from The City Quilter in Chelsea...it's kind of my signature now to always use it for interior zipper pockets.

I used Fashion Sewing Supply's medium fusible interfacing on both the exterior and interior fabric.

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But how does it keep its shape?  There is nothing in the bag above!

I discussed in an earlier post how I went rogue, ignored the pattern directions (which had you hand stitch the lining to the zipper tape at the very end) and used the zipper sandwich method of making the bag.

That means that eventually you get to a point where there is an opening in the lining that is unsewn and you pull the bag through that opening....
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to "birth the bag"
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so once it is turned right side out, you have the opening in the lining to stitch up --but before I closed it up, I inserted some peltex inside to give it some structure. The Peltex is just resting inside--it is not sewn in because it is a bit of a bear to sew a bag with peltex and piping and a lining and turn it right side out--I have done that before but this was an experiment.
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For the zipper I did sew Fashion Sewing Supply heavyweight interfacing into the zipper sandwich to help it keep its shape.  LOVE IT.

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Overall it fits in well with the other "city bags" I have made.

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Definitely a nice theme going on.
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Three of four bags uses the same lining--I only have scraps left, maybe enough for a zipper pouch?
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Izzy is overloaded.
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Be well!

32 comments:

  1. This is such a cute bag! Great stitching, Kyle!
    Do you think the bag would have as much structure if you hadn't used the Peltex?

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    1. Thanks Nicole! It had some structure without the Peltex, and looked totally fine--more like a usual backpack without any stuff inside. But I love the structure of the Peltex. I forgot to mention, another plus of not sewing the Peltex in, is is it's easy to remove later if you don't like it!

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  2. The guts of this bag are so fun! It has such beautiful, perfect shape--I would've thought you used that fancy Bosal fusible foam. You have me thinking about the last bag I made and if it'd be possible to just wedge in the foam and sew up the tiny hole...that would be so much more preferable to all the thicknesses! Going rogue sometimes mega pays off.

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    1. Hi E! I have never heard of Bosal fusible foam! I will have to look it up. Yes, just open up the lining a little, fold up the foam and insert it through the opening, then flatten it out. Totally works!

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  3. Love the term 'birth of the bag'. It's a great collection you've made Kyle. They're really lovely.

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    1. Bag birthing is pretty exciting stuff! Thanks Maria!

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  4. Isn't it wonderful that a handmade piece can bring so much excitement and satisfaction? You will enjoy this bag for a very long time. I love the picture of the backpack on your back.

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    1. It is and I will! The backpack picture was one of those "take 2 or 3 pictures" kind of moments with a coworker in passing; I would have straightened out my coat if I had known. :)

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  5. Wow great job - I love the hidden subway fabric ! Thanks for the etsy link

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    1. Thanks! I love that subway fabric too. You're welcome for the etsy link--enjoy the sliders!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! My experience making the Lotta Lady bag helped me feel confident going rogue with this one.

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  7. Wow! You've done an incredible job on your bags!!!! LOVE them all and the newest addition is just stunning!

    All that hard work paid off.

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    1. Thanks Nakisha! It was definitely worth it!

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  8. That backpack is fabulous, Kyle! Well done. Now can you make me one just like it?! —Meg

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    1. Thanks Meg! Hee for making you one!!

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    1. Love your enthusiasm Trumbelina!!!

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  10. WoW and still swooning. You did an Awesome Job.

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    1. Thanks Sheila!! I feel like I've sewn to another level. :)

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  11. I love all your bags! The construction on the backpack is just perfection. And what stories each of those fabrics have. Izzy is one lucky lady.

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    1. Izzy is lucky, but feeling a bit naked.... :)

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    1. Thanks Pam!! It is quite satisfying to make a bag--and no fit issues!

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  13. You have quite a collection of beautiful bags you have made. I don't know what else to say about your backpack that hasn't already been said. Your backpack is awesome - AMAZING!

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  14. Every new bag is better than the last! You continue to out-do yourself, Kyle. Job well done!!!

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  15. Great bags, Kyle! Love everything about the backpack!

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  16. Great bag and workmanship ! I really like the size of it. I like the tip about putting the Peltex in later. : )

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  17. I love itttt such a good job you did. i am goimg to make this backpack!!!! I want to customize it to make it a camera backpack!!!

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