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4th Assessed Piece - Accessory or set of accessories - Part 2

Well it does seem strange that this is almost the last post in this series about my City & Guilds Level 3 work in Craft Design & Embroidery. The journey completing the course was a long one, because of health and family issues; which many people go through. The work in producing this Blog series has enabled me to have a long look back at all the work I did and it has been brilliant. It is so easy to forget how much effort and time it took, but the opportunity of looking back has been very useful and reminded me of things I had forgotten.

This episode explains about the bag construction. Of course, design often includes compromise, as it isn't always possible to work things exactly as one imagines. One of the compromises I made was to accept that stitching from the right side would show on the inside lining. This was because of the method I used to make the fabric.

I used a 4mm twin needle to top-stitch the bias binding in place. The base needed extra stabilising and I used Decovil Light for this. Decovil is non woven and fusible and is perfect for this type of project.

Here you can also see the Velcro strips stitch along the bottom of the bag, ready for adding the inner pockets, together with the template for stitching the Velcro in place.

The next step was to stitch the zips in place so that they joined at the centre top of the bag gussets. Pieces of gusset were joined together with bias covered piping. The zips are long enough to enable the bag to be opened wide enough to easily remove the bobbin cases.

Because I had compromised over the stitches being visible on the inside of the bag, I did not want any inside raw edges. Therefore, I stitched the main bag pieces with the seams on the outside, so that I could bind them.

Trimming away the excess seam allowance before binding.

It was a real pain machine stitching the binding through so many layers and the only effect way to complete the process was to fold over and hand stitch the second edge in place.

The fronts and flaps for the external pockets were made in the same way as the main back and pouches – 3 layers, with the edging finished with bias tape.

A few final details were added, including: magnetic catches on the pocket flaps; handles and hand made beads to the zippers.

Lastly, I made the bobbin pouches. Again, using 3 layers (top fabric, lining and wadding). I quilted the layers together using a design based on the main bag fabric and finished with bias tape and a Velcro strip.

So the bag was ready to take all my bobbins and here it is:

The pouches are easily removed and hold pairs of bobbins safely until ready for use.

Would I change anything if I made it again? Most certainly, but it does the job I wanted it to and I use it to store the bulk of my bobbin collection. So, all in all, I am pretty happy with the bag that I designed and made.

Now there is only 1 module left to talk about (number 12) and that is the final part of my journey... coming soon!