Monday, March 7, 2011

Gussets and Zippers...Ugh...

I've been working diligently on my 6 (yes, 6!!!) Origami Bags from Amy Butler's Style Stitches book.  I guess I would say they're coming along.  Here's the fabric that I've been using:
And another one just because the fabric is so pretty:

I really like dandelions, so this fabric really called to me.  It was purchased quite inexpensively from  I bought the lining fabric a little later, so it didn't make it into my picture.  It's pink with white polka dots. 

Anyhow, on this soul-searching Amy Butler purse journey, I've found that I've learned quite a bit about myself and my sewing likes and dislikes. 

I really enjoy the following:
  • Making handles
  • Top-stitching
  • The big "reveal"
I do not like the following:
  • Having to try to open a zipper when a bag is inside out as I missed the step where it says, "Leave the zipper half-way open in order to turn the bag right-side out. 
  • Sewing gussets.  Before this experience.  I didn't even know what a gusset was.
  • Sewing gussets on 6 bags because I am crazy enough to sew 6 bags at once.  (That includes 12 gussets on the exterior fabric and 12 on the lining for a grand total of 24 gussets!!!!  Ugh!)
  • Having the use the seam ripper on 6 different bags because I sewed the tab onto both the exterior fabric and the lining, instead of just to the exterior (once again, as indicated in the instructions).
  • Sewing gussets.  Really.  They're not a favorite of mine. 
So, my 6 bags are almost complete.  I have 5 done, with the 6th in progress.  They're coming out rather nice, in spite of my difficulties listed above.  I will say, zipper pouches are not the most exciting thing I've created.  I think I like sewing bags a bit more. 

Will post pictures soon!


  1. I like your fabric choices! I would have to agree with you. The big "reveal" is my favorite party too. Sewing gussets... not so much. :)

  2. I really struggled with the gussets on these bags too. It helped a lot when I learned the tip of sticking a pin through the seams after pinching the fabric in order to help line them up. What a difference that tidbit of information made! Still, it did seem like the gussets took a ton of time on these bags and I agree with you that zippered pouches aren't as neat as full-size bags. Your fabric choices are just beautiful, though. Can't wait to see the big reveal.