I didn't take pictures all along the fusing process, because I followed Dana's directions. The only difference is that I used thinner bags from our grocery store, so it took 10 layers on a medium-high heat setting to fuse a nice sheet of plastic. Now I'm not gonna lie here - it is a PAIN in the butt to find just the right combination of plastic layers and heat, but once I had it down I rolled them off pretty quick.
I needed 3 pieces of fused plastic for this little bag. I wasn't terribly concerned with the exact size (especially since I was only making one) so my measurements are a little on the wonky side:
- front and back measure 9 1/2 x 10 1/2
- sides measure 4 1/2 x 10 1/2
- bottom measures 9 1/2 x 4 1/2
- handles measure 11 x 1 3/4
The letters printed from Word using Arial Bold in a 200 point font size. I printed them off, cut them out and used the paper as my pattern on the plaid fabric.
The measurement for the blue edge strips are two pieces at 9 1/2 x 2 and two pieces of 4 1/2 x 2. I simply folded the blue fabric over the edge and sewed a straight line across.
The pocket is 9 1/2 x 2 1/4. I added the blue rolled edge to clean up the edge. I like the frayed look on the top of the bag, but I didn't like it so much for the pocket (I'm weird, I know).
I didn't take pictures of each step, but here's a go at my process:
- fuse plastic
- measure & cut all pieces from plastic
- measure & cut top edge strips, handle accents and pocket
- print letters and use paper letters as a pattern
- pin letters to front and sew them on
- pin pocket edge to pocket and sew on pocket
- run stitch up the center of the pocket to create 2 pockets
- pin blue edge strips to front, back and side pieces and sew
- pin handle lining to handles (right side out and top stitch) and sew
- in the center of each handle, fold in half lengthwise (plastic facing out) and stitch at the very center to make the handles more comfortable
- pin front piece to bottom piece and sew
- pin back piece to bottom piece and sew
- pin side to front piece and sew
- pin side piece to back piece and sew (this is where it does get a little tricky to hold everything together)
- pin side bottom to bottom piece and sew
- repeat steps 3 - 5 for the other side piece
- to add the handles, just pin on and top stitch in a square and then x the center for extra support (I used white thread for this to make it less noticeable)
And for the record, the Munchkin will always be my baby :)