Nancy Zieman Town & Country Bag Makeover



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.


Nancy Zieman Town & Country Bag Makeover



Fabric and Supplies

  • 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:

 


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover



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.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover



Makeover Tip #2

  • Select a Teflon Foot when sewing on laminated cottons and vinyl fabrics. 


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover from Clover



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.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover



Makeover Tip #4


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover



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.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Bag Template Makeover with Clover



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!


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover



Makeover Tip #7


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover



Makeover Tip #8

  • Attach a zipper foot and add piping accents to outer tab prior to stitching outer tab to lining tab.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover



Makeover Tip #9

  • Add piping accents to bag top prior to stitching tab to bag top.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover



Makeover Tip #10

  • Add drama to your bag by using two D-rings per strap connector. 


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Town & Country Template Bag Makeover with Clover



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,

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