The Bucket Bag, Part 3
Cutting Out All the Pieces
You'd think for a simple bag there wouldn't be too many pieces. If you just want a bag with sides, bottom, and straps, that's easy. If you add details, then you'll be cutting more pieces. Here's what I cut.
For the outside:
Print, 1 piece, 8"x23"
Solid, 2 pieces, 2 1/2"x23"
Solid, 1 bottom circle piece
Straps of solid, 2 pieces, 2 1/2" x fabric width. This allows me to determine strap length later.
For the lining:
Print, 1 piece, 10 1/2"x23. There will only be a top band, not a bottom band on the lining, so it needs to be cut taller.
Print, 1 bottom circle piece
Solid, 1 piece, 2 1/2"x23"
Zippered Pocket Facing, 2"x10"
Zippered Pocket Bag, 8'x10"
Cell Phone Pocket, 3/12"x5"
(Cat not necessary for making bag!)
For the interfacing:
Fusible fleece, 1 piece, 10"x22". This is the exact finished dimension of the bag. I don't want that stuff in the seam allowances, which would make everything too bulky.
Fusible fleece, 1 bottom circle piece (not shown in photo below)
Heavy weight fusible interfacing, 1 piece, 1 1/2"x 24" or so. Again, finished dimensions to reduce bulk. I hope this piece will be long enough for a strap, we'll see!
I know that sounds like a lot of pieces, and it sort of is, but that's what it takes to make a bag. The more pockets, flaps, and straps you have, the more pieces you'll need. Maybe complicated and full of details isn't always better?!? That's up to you and what you want to make.
Next up: Constructing the outside of the bag.
Parting Shot: Irises! We do have irises and three have bloomed at the same time!