I kind of love him. Actually, there's no "kind of" about it. I've been trying to decide if, at age 32, I can pull off using the bag when E. isn't, but I'm pretty sure the answer to that is a resounding no.
Want to make an owl bag of your own? Here's how:
1 yard of main fabric, medium to heavy weight
1 yard of lining fabric
1 1/4 yard heavyweight sew-in interfacing
1 1/4 yard fusible featherweight interfacing
Fusible webbing of your choice -- by the yard, the sheets are too narrow
12" square of fabric for the face
2 - 5x10" scraps for wings
Smaller scraps for eyes
Magnetic snap (optional)
Small piece of plastic canvas (optional)
1 packages of piping (optional)
Spray adhesive or fabric glue stick (optional)
** All seam allowances are 1/4 inch **
Print the pattern, making sure page scaling is turned off, and assemble. Please note that to save paper the pages for the main body run horizontally, and the gusset pages are vertical. I just realized that the gusset is mislabeled as the strap on the pattern, so please pretend that it's correct until I get a chance to go fix it.
Cut the two body pieces and one gusset (on the fold) each from your main fabric, lining fabric and both interfacings. Also cut a 5x30" strap piece from your main fabric.
Apply the heavyweight interfacing to the main fabric body and gusset pieces, either by basting or with the spray adhesive or glue stick. Iron the fusible interfacing onto the lining pieces.
If you are using a magnetic snap, apply the pieces 1.5 inches down from the center on each lining piece. If magnetic snaps are new to you, Rae has a great tutorial here. I like to reinforce mine with a small square of plastic canvas also.
|Both sides applied|
Next, trace the face, eye pieces, beak and wings onto fusible web. You'll want to trace the nice Photoshop drawn circles for both sets of eyes, I just left the wonky badly-traced ones on the pattern for a placement suggestion. ;)
|Tracing the face. I used Heat'n Bond Lite.|
Baste piping to the right side of the sides and bottom of the front and back pieces -- not the top!
Now pin the gusset to one of the body pieces, right sides together. I like to mark the centers and then pin from each center out. Sew.
Repeat with the remaining body piece, then turn right side out.
Baste piping to the right side of top edge of the bag. You will need to angle the piping where you start and stop. I would *not* recommend doing this on the gusset, as my machine didn't like the number of layers once the strap piece was added also. The center back may be a better choice.
Sew the lining gusset to the lining body pieces, leaving an opening for turning.
Prepare your strap by ironing it in half the long way.
Then open it up and iron each side to the middle.
|Think I need to wash my ironing board cover? Eek.|
Pin the lining and bag right sides together and sew along the top edge.
Reinforce the strap area by bartacking (sewing a tight zigag). Turn the bag right side out. Sew the hole in the lining, either by machine or by hand. As many of you know, I avoid hand sewing at all costs, but decided to suck it up and do it for this bag. I'm glad I did, since you can't even see where the opening was.
Fill it up and enjoy! We usually have a spiral notebook, E's leg braces, and a thermos of milk for snacktime in the bag, with some room to spare.
|It fits perfectly in the basket of E's fancy-schmancy adaptive stroller.|