Clover and I introduced the Trace ’n Create Bag Templates—the Town & Country Collection in 2008. With the two templates that are included in the package, there are six style options. The bag featured below is the Metro Plus Bag. It’s a chic bag that’s an ideal size. The easy-to-sew darts provide perfect shaping—the liberal-sized tab closure makes a fashion statement.
Fabric and Supplies
- Start with Trace ’n Create Bag Templates—the Town & Country Collection: Metro Plus Bag style. Gather the fabric and notions listed on the package back. For additional designer touches, I added one package Clover’s 3/16″ Wrap ’n Fuse Piping, and used two packages Clover Glossy Nickel 1″ D-Rings.
- I selected a trendy floral and paisley print laminated cotton from the Verona fabric collection by Riley Blake Designs. The lining and piping are coordinating cottons from the same collection.
- Follow the Town & Country Collection instructions and trace, interface and cut out the Metro Plus Bag—Style D. The instructions will guide you through the easy steps of bag assembly. Here are my top ten tips for quick and easy bag-sewing methods along with the inside scoop on how I give my bags the couture-look:
Makeover Tip #1
- Trace the Bag Template onto paper and cut out the bag shape. Move the cutout around the fabric to “fussy cut” the bag front and back.
Makeover Tip #2
- Select a Teflon Foot when sewing on laminated cottons and vinyl fabrics.
Makeover Tip #3
- Give your bag body. Cut a layer of Pellon® Peltex® Ultra Firm Sew-in-Stabilizer.
- Instead of stitching a traditional dart, you’ll cut on the marked dart lines and remove the wedge of Peltex. Set sewing machine for a zigzag stitch and bring edges together as you stitch the seam. Repeat for the bag back.
Makeover Tip #4
- The secret to achieving a couture look lies in the bottom. Cut a layer of Clover’s Shape ’n Create and a layer of Pellon® Peltex® Ultra Firm Sew-in-Stabilizer for the bag bottom. I use Clover’s Double Sided Basting tape to “baste” the layers together before stitching.
Makeover Tip #5
- When layering the outer fabric to the Peltex, use Clover’s Wonder Clips to “pin” the layers together. The clips are easy to use, yet securely hold multiple layers together.
Makeover Tip #6
- It’s easy to add a designer touch with contrasting strap lining. Cut 1-1/2″ strips, thread them through Clover’s 3/4″ Bias Tape Maker, and press. Instant trim!
Makeover Tip #7
- Another designer accent is easily added with piping accents. I make my own piping with Clover’s 3/16″ Wrap ’n Fuse Piping and 1-1/4″ fabric strips.
Makeover Tip #8
- Attach a zipper foot and add piping accents to outer tab prior to stitching outer tab to lining tab.
Makeover Tip #9
- Add piping accents to bag top prior to stitching tab to bag top.
Makeover Tip #10
- Add drama to your bag by using two D-rings per strap connector.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my top ten tips I used to create my new Town & Country Metro Plus Bag. Let me know what tip is your favorite!
Bye for now,