April Sew Along – Nigella Bag Part 1

Hey all! I started my Nigella bag (designed by Amy Butler) for the April Sew Along last night and wanted to share my fabric choices, thoughts and process.

I selected this LOVELY variation of the fabric selected for the Biggie BagNicole is a smaller scale of the design for the Emily. Lots of colors in the shop to select from. This solid is what I paired it with hoping it will allow the print to really pop.

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To start, I adjusted the pattern a bit. Rarely I make things like they tell me to. I guess I need to make it my own a bit.

Any way, for the strap I wanted to make the top of the strap in the print and the bottom of the strap in the solid.  SO, instead of  instead of  ONE 14″ WIDE by 34″ LONG from the exterior fabric , I cut:

  • ONE 7″ WIDE by 34″ LONG of the exterior fabric
  • ONE 7″ WIDE by 34″ LONG of the interior fabric

Skipping Step 2, since I selected home decor fabric, and on to Step 3.

Right sides together pin and stitch up one side of the strap.Nigella Bag 008

Fold and press wrong sides together.Nigella Bag 010

Then continue with Step 3.Nigella Bag 011Nigella Bag 014

The other change I made to pattern was to cut TWO Bottom Panels from each fabric.  I wanted to be able to choose which fabric I wanted to use when the time came.

Any one taking on this project? I’d love to hear your thoughts!