December 12, 2010

Sunbeam Bag

I teach a class at church of 3 and 4 year old kids, and the class is called the Sunbeam class:)  I have been toting around my lesson manual and supplies in grocery bags because I had nothing else suitable. 
Then, I saw this wonderful tutorial at Punkin Patterns and knew that I wanted to make this bag for my Sunday supplies!
I also knew that I wanted to have sunbeams on it, because it was fitting for my class, but also because I think it looks awesome.  So, I will certainly still use it, even when I am not teaching sunbeams. 

I found the tutorial pretty easy to follow. 
In order to add the sun design I took one of the 13" x 14" outside pieces, and sewed my fabric design onto it, before I ironed on the interfacing. 
I made a sketch of the pieces onto paper, and then cut them out of a few different yellow and orange fabrics.
In order to make the pieces hold in place where I wanted them before I sewed them on, I used a trick my sister taught me...
I used a GLUE STICK!!!
Maybe this is common among sewers, but I had never heard of it, and let me tell you - it worked like a charm!  I didnt feel like using heat-n-bond (although that is certainly an option).  I wanted the pieces to stick just enough and just long enough to zig zag sew around the pieces, and it totally worked!
 So,  here are some pictures of my zig zag stitch. 
Once all the pieces were sewn on, I trimmed around the main edge, and ironed on my interfacing.  Then I proceeded to finish with the original tutorial instructions. 
 I am THRILLED with the way it turned out!

I think it is darling, and it will fit my binder and supplies perfectly.  I can't wait to start using it:)

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  1. Cool bag! I'm going to have to try making one with the rings on it!

  2. Love the way your bag turned out. Fabric glue sticks are awesome! They come in so handy when doing applique.

  3. Cute bag! Thanks for the tip about the glue stick holding pieces in place. I don't think I would have thought of that one!

  4. I adore the shape of your bag. I love that it has sides. This could be a great gift idea...hum!!! You got me thinkin'
    You "AMAZE ME"! Thank you for linking up to the Monday blog party!!

  5. I have never heard of using a glue stick like that, but I am definitely going to try it! Love your blog, I am a new follower.

  6. I LOVE it! Great idea!
    Very creative sun!
    Actually I have never tried the glue-stick trick either, sounds like I need to!
    Thanks for sharing!