Our last task for the sew along was to do the binding for the top edge, side top edge and handles (7 - 14 March). Upon completion, your reversible bucket bag will be ready, and all that's left to do after that will be to get a good spot for a photo shoot *grin*
I was very skeptical about the flimsy bias tape handles and left the binding till the very last minute to complete while at the same time checking out the sew along Flickr group for the completed bags. My main concern is because I have never worked with bias tapes for binding bags or use them as handles before. But judging from Kak Dee, Anic, Bea and Nadiah's post on the project, I gathered my wits and went ahead with it.
Here's how I did it:
1. Mark the centre line and sew the button loop making sure the triangle tip is facing down.
2. Attach the top edge first - unfold your bias tape, stitch the narrow bit on one side of the fabric, fold it over to the other side (smooth it out nice and neat) and stitch it again on the top catching the wider bias tape at the back as you go along OR to avoid heartache and hair pulling slip stitch the folded bias tape and top stitch the whole thing later *grin*
3. Attach the side edge and handles - The same technique as above, but you need to adjust the bias tape to fold in half at the handles, you may need to press the line again. I couldn't find the measurement for the handles anywhere in the pattern, so I adjusted as I went along.
4.Top-stitching (not in the pattern) - Nadiah of color me pretty did this and I thought it looked neat and did the same for my bag. I used my edge stitch foot for this purpose for a neat finish. While you edge stitch, remember to fold your button loop upward and stitch that as well.
The flower brooch was inspired by Anic, and you can get the different style how to here, here and here.
Here's the sizes for my reversible bucket bag:
Attaching bias tape by Amy Karoll
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