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Mystery “Bag” Challenge: Margareth from Maggie Made Bags

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the 4th big reveal!  I am so excited to share with you Margareth from Maggie Made Bags Mystery “Bag” Challenge creation today 🙂

So without further ado…over to the creator & owner of Maggie Made Bags!

I am a Dutch girl, born in South America, grew up in Amsterdam and have been living and working in Germany for some time now. For the last couple of years I have been pattern testing and proof reading and I absolutely love to wield my red pen! It’s just unfortunate that my banking job gets in the way of my sewing.

I have always wanted to be an architect, but my level of maths was just too appalling, so I studied town planning instead. I am married and my husband and I have two boys.

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Let’s get to know Margareth a little bit more before we have a look at her wonderful creation 😉

1. Describe yourself in 5 words…

In no particular order: introvert, loyal, snarky, perfectionist, impatient

2. Tell us something not many people would know about you…

My favourite colours turquoise and purple can be found throughout my home; on walls, furniture, rugs, accessories, clothes… better get your sunnies on when you visit! I am grateful that my boys indulge me in this and never say ‘no’ to any colour scheme I come up with!

3. How long have you been sewing?

I started sewing in my early teens and then stopped in my twenties. Some 7 years ago I picked up sewing again and started making bags. The first bag I made was an epic fail, my sons still refer to it as the one that looked like “underpants”. I blame the instructions LOL!

4. Is sewing the only craft you spend time enjoying? If not, what other crafts help you pass the time?

I have also tried scrapbooking and card making, but never fully enjoyed the process. My Silhouette Cameo has been gathering dust for a long time now! I wish I was any good at quilting, but I am just too impatient. I sometimes participate in mini-quilt swaps to push myself. I also enjoyed cross-stitching, but somehow that put a lot of strain on my back and shoulders so I stopped doing that. I have also tried my hand at silk painting. To be honest, I am easily bored, it’s a wonder I am still doing this bag-making malarkey!

5. Do you only make bags? If not, what else do you enjoy making?

I also make other accessories like pouches and wallets. I hope to get back into sewing clothes again, but at the moment bag pattern testing and proofreading is taking up most of my spare time. I would love to learn how to weave and crochet.

6. What made you fall in love with making bags?

Bag-making gives relatively quick results and it is so satisfying to actually use the end product. You can customise as you like and make bags in whatever colour you want, I have bags for every occasion! I also like that you can do it on so many levels ranging from easy to more advanced. It really is a process in which you can grow and hone your skills.

7. What was your favourite item in the mystery bag challenge list? Did you use it in your entry? If not, why?

The first item that immediately caught my eye was the ribbon. There are so many nice ribbons to be found nowadays and I hardly ever use them in my bag-making. I decided to use a ribbon in a way that may not be so obvious.

8. Which category did you decide to enter the Mystery “Bag” Challenge in? Why did you choose this category?

When pattern testing I (usually) follow the designer’s instructions and make the bags with minimal design changes. For this challenge I liked to think of ways to change an existing pattern. The Hippo Hobo bag is a much-loved pattern and I thought it would be nice to show a different way to close the flap.

9. What is your favourite thing about your entry into the challenge?

I like how the ribbon adds visual interest to the bag and I like the sleek look of the grommet.

10. What did you enjoy most about the challenge?

I enjoyed thinking of ways to change up an existing pattern, I don’t normally have that opportunity when testing!

So are you ready to see the amazing creation Margareth made?  I’m not going to make you wait any longer 😉  (oh and if you want a little recap on what the challenge was and what items were on the mystery list, just click here!)

I was happy to see that ‘ribbon’ was on the materials list for the Mystery Bag challenge. I have some lovely ribbons in my stash, but hardly ever use them in my bag-making, and this seemed a great opportunity to try to include some in a design. I have also wanted to make a smaller Hippo Hobo bag (pattern by Emkie Designs) for some time now and ideas started to pop up on combining this pattern with the ribbon.

My hack of the hippo hobo bag revolves all around the closure of the flap, where I used these 3 required items from the materials list: ribbon, grommet and magnetic snap.

In the original pattern (which I reduced to 85% for this challenge) the flap closes with a swivel clip, I decided to make a strap with the ribbon to go through the grommet to open and close the flap with the magnetic snap. If you would like to “hack” your pattern as I have, please follow the instructions below…

Install the grommet

Prepare the top flap according to the pattern instructions, but do not make the tab as you will not need it. Centre the grommet 3/4” from the bottom of the flap and draw around the inside. Next, cut out the inside part. I used my seam ripper to slice through the fabric and a sharp scissor to cut away any small bits if necessary. Push the grommet from the front through the opening and place the back piece on the back of the flap (use a little bit of glue on both front and back pieces of the grommet). Fold the prongs outward to hold the grommet in place.

Prepare the ribbon strap

The opening in my grommet measures 1-1/16″ (26 mm) x 3/8″ (9 mm)” so I wanted a finished ribbon strap that was just a little less wide. I also wanted to see the nice (right) side of the ribbon when opening the flap – and not just when the bag was closed – this meant that I had to cut my ribbon and strap lining in 2 parts. If you don’t mind sewing your ribbon with the right side down on your front panel, there is no need to cut the ribbon and lining in 2 parts.

To determine the total length of the ribbon, baste the finished flap with the grommet on the back main panel. Then pin front and back main panels together at the sides and bring the flap to the front of the bag. Do not sew the overlay to the front panel yet. The bottom of the ribbon will be caught in this seam. Start approximately 1” under the seam line of the overlay and feed a length of ribbon through the grommet and back to the start point. Measure a sufficient length of ribbon so as to close the flap comfortably if the bag is fully stuffed.

Cut off this length of ribbon and cut a coordinating piece of lining with the same dimensions. Then cut both ribbon and lining in 2 equal lengths. If you have a certain direction in the pattern of your ribbon, then pay attention to how you next sew the parts together.

I interfaced the ribbon and the area on the lining where the magnetic snap will be installed – I used canvas for the lining, if you use quilting cotton you may want to interface the entire lining piece.

Place the pieces as shown in the next photos and sew ribbon and lining together, I used a ¼” seam allowance. Install the male part of the magnetic snap on the lining part.

Then fold the ribbon strap lengthwise right sides together and sew around the long edges and the short edge where the magnetic snap is installed. Turn right side out and give it a good press.

Position the completed ribbon strap on the front panel and feed it through the grommet. Make sure the magnetic snap does not end on your overlay, but rather an inch or so above. If you’re happy with the position of the strap, topstitch it down on the front panel. Start from the bottom along one long side, stitch about 4-5”, stitch across and finish along the other long side. Stitch the overlay on the front panel covering the bottom of the ribbon strap.

Continue to sew front and back exterior pieces together as per the instructions. Before you sew the lining together with the exterior, install the female part of the magnetic snap on the ribbon on the front panel.

And there you have it!

See, isn’t Margareth’s creation amazing! I actually think it looks a bit like a mesh between the Hippo Hobo and the Peekaboo Clutch…What do you think?

Until next time, happy sewing!
Emma

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