Tuesday, October 21, 2014

make a wish - geekcrafting for samantha - hermione granger's beaded bag (part 5 - bottom of the bag & even more embroidery!)

I know I will finish all of these blog posts eventually.  My kingdom for a time turner.

Let's talk about the bottom of the bag.

I was debating as to how stiff I should make that base.

 After looking at more photos I decided that I wanted my bag to be somewhat pliable, but still a wee bit firm -  not completely rigid.

Once I decided how large of a circle I wanted, ( making sure I added enough to account for a seam allowance.  It might have been about 1/4"), I cut two circles in the dark purple satin.

I then also cut a circle of stiff interfacing the same size.

I attached the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the satin circles.

I then sewed both satin circles together with the wrong sides facing out, making sure to leave an opening so as to turn the circle inside out.

*** Remember to clip your curves!  I completely spaced out and forgot to do this, so my circle was a little wonky when I turned it inside out.

Turn the circle inside out and then hand sew the opening shut.

I then I machine sewed the base to the bottom of the bag.

To cover the edge, I hand-embroidered in a chain stitch with my blue embroidery thread around the circumference of the base.

I repeated the same beading pattern I used on the blue chain stitch seams:

Every two stitches, sew on a bead on the 2nd stitch.
Alternate which side of the stitch/loop you place your bead.




If you prefer to have a firmer base for your bag, you could always double up on the interfacing or use a stiffer type.
Or you could also cut a plastic canvas circle to use instead of interfacing.

Here is a link on how to make a circle bottom of a bag. 

Now this won't exactly work for how I made my bag, but if you  modified the first steps while you sewed the body of the bag and  before you start the embroidery, it could possibly work.


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Now, as you may be able to see from the picture I posted above that there is a wee bit of shiny embroidery I added to the bag. 

After I finished what I thought was the beading and the embroidery, I went to double check the video review of the Noble Collection's bag.

It appears that I had indeed missed another type of embroidery.  The bag had some stitching in what appeared to be a black/gold metallic thread.
 
At first I started searching for DMC metallic embroidery floss in ebony black and gold.  But the two stores close to me were out.

Instead I opted for these threads. 

Gutermann metallic thread 9990 (Gold)
Gutermann metallic thread 1000 (Black)

Since they were not as thick as embroidery floss, I decided to use multiple strands as I hand embroidered the following patterns.

 -  On either side of the peach chain stitch: a running stitch

  - On the tips of the blue feather stitch that were not beaded, I attempted to make French knots
( I really didn't do them well, so early on, I gave up and just made regular knots

 -  On the blue chain stitch, I did a small horizontal stitch through the loop in every other chain link.

Hope these photos help!









And we are not done yet!  Still more to come!



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