Saturday 14th November. Yet another great day tutoring a Cross Body Bag workshop at New Threads, Weyhill Fairground. There were 6 ladies attending and by close of business we had seven completed bags.
I opened the workshop with a short introduction of my sewing career and demonstrated several incarnations of the bag in a wide variety of fabrics from quilting cotton to my latest production which is in faux leather.
Taking into consideration those things that I learned from running the previous workshop at this location, I prepared a timetable allowing approximately 45 minutes for each section of the construction of the bag. This worked well and although we did not keep exactly to the plan we were able to take a 30 minutes break for lunch and finished just 15 minutes overtime.
I had prepared the pieces for another bag for me. Each piece cut out, with the fusible interfacing or fusible fleece applied and ready-labelled so that I could demonstrate each operation to the ladies. This was especially useful when it came to inserting the parts for the twist lock and the two different methods of insertion of zip fasteners.
In this workshop 4 of the ladies decided to use 2 contrasting/complimentary prints which worked extremely well. The bag design can be made from a variety of fabrics, those made in this workshop were in 100% quilting cotton with one in wool tweed blend. The bags that the ladies made were diverse and each one totally covetable as you can see from the photographs below.
My 15th Cross Body Bag