I used Fort Firefly by Birch Fabrics, Sweet Things, linen, and corduroy. *Squeal* I just love Fort Firefly. I quilted the main panels with straight stitching using Aurifil thread. I also added feet to the bottom panel.
This is, by far, the most difficult bag I have made. The pattern is great, but I used corduroy. There are areas in this bag where the sandwich is 4 layers of corduroy, 2 layers of batting, and 2 layers of quilting weight cotton. Yowzer!
It was like pushing Godzilla through my sewing machine! All the while blindly trying to avoid a layer of peltex and piping. I spent two hours attaching the 2 main panels to the top panel. Surprisingly, I didn't make many mistakes, but I stitched sooo slowly. I sewed through all these layers using my zipper foot with my fingers within millimeters of the sewing needle. Yes, my slow stitching saved my fingers from becoming fingers with holes!
I'm in love with this bag! *seriously*
- Use a heavy duty needle.
- Change your heavy duty needle midway through the project!
- Use strong thread. Aurifil 50wt continually broke. Guttermann worked well for this project.
- Go slow, slow, slow.
- I reinforced the bag by stitching over the corners twice. There seems to be a lot of stress in the corners.
- Use Wonder Clips.
I hope I motivated you to try making this bag!
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