Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mustache Crazy!

I have fallen in love with everything MUSTACHE after doing this project.  Great little boy theme!

I started my hunt for the perfect fabric to make a gift.  I found the precious mustache print fabric at Hobby Lobby.   I also found a cute coordinating fabric in grey with small black dots.  I decided to add a little turquoise and orange to make it pop!  

I decided to make what I call a "Backsac".  This is the girly version I did awhile back ( Backsac tutorial ).
I made a few other gifts too. I will share those projects in another post.

The "Backsac" was made like the tutorial above with a few changes.
 I monogrammed the name on a piece of turquoise fabric 16" wide and then added my
 orange trim to both sides and stitched in place
 I then added my mustache fabric to both sides.  This is where you can decide how large
your bag will be.  I added 8" to the top and 10" to the bottom.
Cut a back piece the entire length of the front piece.
Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric (grey/black) and added 2" to the length. 
 Before stitching the sides of the outer sac, add a small loop of the cording 
at the lower corners, stitch in place and then square the corners by
cutting a small 1" square from the lower corner in order to made a boxed bottom.
Picture below shows the lining piece cut ready to be sewn.
Leave a 3" opening at the bottom of the lining 
to turn inside out later in the project. 
 Before connecting the sac and lining cut a piece of lining fabric with width of the bag
plus about 1" and finish the edges of this piece by turning them end and stitching in place.
 Fold this piece and press flat.
 Find the center and pin in place to the top of the outer sac.
 Repeat this for the other side.
 My helper Sadie isn't excited about my MUSTACHE project.....!
 After pinning the two separate pieces to top this is what it should look like.
This will be the pocket the cording goes into to draw up the bag.
It will make sense later on...keep going!
 Turn the outer sac (MUSTACHE FABRIC) to wrong side
and insert the lining(Grey) fabric into the sac and match the top edges.
Match top edges of sac and lining. 
 Stitch around the entire bag.
 Trim edges and get ready to turn.
 Turn through the opening you left in the lining.
 This is what the finished top will look like after turning.
The lining extends beyond the outer fabric.  
 Press everything flat and stitch around the lower grey piece
to help lining stay in place.
Finished sewing....ready for cording.
Lay cording out to make sure you have enough to go around the 
bag and down the side to the loop. 
Cut 2 pieces.
After cutting the cording burn the edges to keep them from fraying.
Be careful, it is like hot wax. 
Attach a safety pin to the end and guide the cord to the other side.
On to the other cord.  
Repeat the same process going the opposite direction.
 This is what the side should look like.  Two cords coming out each side.
 Extend your cording and go through the lower loop 
and make a knot.  Lay sac flat and make sure both sides are even.
Burn the knot to prevent it from fraying.
Finished bag ....Ready for baby CANNON!

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