Alrighty, since you have seen the end result of this travel clutch already… I hope you are interested in the process as well. With this blog, I do not only want to give you all, some nice pictures of the bags and accessories I make, but I also want to create a sort of database with information, a platform to come to and learn a thing or two ;). The process is maybe as important as the end result. Each step in the process might give you new ideas for your next project, a new form of inspiration or the process might also be a very calming and relaxing practice.
Where did we leave off…
In the first part of the travel clutch you could read about all the different options I had, how did I come from the inspiration to the final design and materials? As in most of my projects, I included a new technique I wanted to learn, practice and hopefully finally master someday. In this project, I learned myself how to create a sharp gusset or in Dutch a ‘keersoufflé’. If you want to learn how to make this type of gusset yourself, check out this post. So this is where we left off but what to come?
Double the amount of work
Since I want to make the bag double, a small bag on each side (a safe travel clutch), I have to do everything twice. So after cutting everything twice, after punching the diamond stitching holes twice, it is time to stitch everything twice. Haha, you get the picture… But this also gives me the opportunity to try different orders of assembling.
First the gussets to the bottom?
So my first try was to stitch the gussets to the bottom before sewing them to the edges. With my second try, I started with the gussets to the main body and worked my way around the bottom to the other side… Well, in this case, it did not matter. Although I can imagine if you don’t want to exactly count the stitching holes or due to a rounding in your design, you might have made your gussets intentionally too long. You could start at the bottom of your project and work your way to the sides. To do the latter method, you do have to stitch the bottoms to the sides first.
The next step will be, punching the stitching holes to stitch the two bags together. While I was making the brown version of this bag I already made the complete two bags before I wanted to stitch them together… Not the most practical method to assemble, apparently.
The most important lesson from this post could be, “learn from your mistakes” or “take advantage of your gained knowledge” hahaha. With the double amount of work, I can learn from it twice. I’ve learned already something from the brown version and I am looking forward to comparing the two final bags to each other. Will they actually look the same? That is something we will see over time… so stay tuned for the next making of part of the Travel Clutch!!