This is part 3 and final part of the bow-bag sew along. Find previous parts here:
Bow Bag Continued
- Press the bag (again!) and topstitch around the top of the bag, as close to the edge as possible.
- Measure from the top of the bag to the opening of the ribbon casing. Mark where the casing needs to be at each side of pocket and sew around the whole bag, like tram-lines (avoiding the pocket, don’t want to sew that baby shut!)
- Measure across your body to determine the length of the handle and cut two strips of fabric as long as you need (plus 1″ seam allowance) by 2″ wide.
- Sew a point on one end of the handle, and half the point on the other (this will make life easier later) and trim the seams.
- Use a knitting needle to turn the handle the right side out (Keep going, nearly done…)
- Press the handle flat.
- This is where you’ll be glad you half sewed the second point! Push the excess fabric inside to form the second point and press.
- Topstitch the handle as close to the edge as possible.
- Line up the handle with the outer side seam of the bag and stitch across, following the topstitching on the bag. The handle should overlap the edge of the bag an inch or so, for decorative effect.
- Sew a decorative vintage button to the pointed bit.
- Tie your ribbon to a crochet hook and thread through casing.
- Gather the top of the bag slightly and tie a bow and you’re done!