A “2nd Helping” – Your Questions Answered from Episode 5 – The DIY Dish Basic Handbag

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Hello friends! The comments coming in after the “basic bag” webisode have been exciting! We love hearing of your enthusiasm for making something special for yourselves, friends, and family members. Someone had asked whether we really read every comment that is posted. Absolutely!

And we agree with all of you about Pat Bravo’s stunning fabric lines. Just lovely!

Just the way we like fabrics to be. 😉

OK, so to answer a few questions that have been coming in…

Q. Can sizes be changed on the bag?
A. Yes! The dimensions of the bag can easily be changed to make a smaller or larger bag. You could also change the length of the handle to make it fall just where you want it- under the arm, around the waist, etc.

Q. When you box out the corners, do you need to cut off the excess fabric?
A. Actually, on this bag we did not. However, you absolutely can. Just cut off excess, leaving an approximate 1/2″ seam allowance.

Q. Can I use an interfacing on this bag to make it sturdier?
A. On this particular bag, we chose not to use interfacing because we wanted to have a very relaxed look to the bag that nicely curved at the hip.

However, you may use an interfacing if you’d like. Our suggestion woud be to use a very light, iron-on interfacing as you will need to remember that at the end when sewing the pleated outside and inside of the bag together, it will be a lot bulkier to put through the sewing machine.

And would you believe that we have someone out there who has already finished the bag? Michelle added this photo to our Facebook page. What a woman! Talk about fast! She also mentioned that she was able to complete the bag in just over an hour, and that was while helping her children through their various morning activities!

Didn’t she do a great job? We’d love to see your photos as well! You can post both at our Facebook page as well as our Flickr group!