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Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 3:15 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yesterday, I showed this photo of my newest, surprise WIP – the Ms. Poppins Bag from Knitting Daily and Craftzine Blog.

WIP: Ms. Poppins Bag, Inside Out

As I expected, I finished the bag last night.

FO: Ms. Poppins Bag

I’ve knit bags before, but this was the first one with a lot of finishing involved. None of my other bags were lined, and they all had knit handles that were easy to sew in place.

Sewing in the lining took a long time. Well, first cutting and preparing the lining took a bit of time, since there was careful measuring involved, then folding back a half inch hem around all edges. Then, and only then, could I begin the process of hand-stitching the lining to the edges of my knit square. All 2 yards of edges, carefully backstitched.

Oh, yes – I had to remember to put the clasp pieces into the lining fabric, before I even stitched the lining in place.

Then, before you sew up the side seams, there are the pleats to stitch in.

Ms. Poppins Bag - Pleat

Two on each upper edge, carefully measured from the side, folded, and pinned in place. Then hand sewn through three – yes, three – layers of both thick knit material and lining fabric.

Once the side seams are stitched – the point at which I took the inside-out photo at the top of this post – the bag can be turned right-side out, and the handles attached.

Ms. Poppins Bag, Lining, Clasp, and Handles

This may have been the hardest part of the whole process for me. First, you want to make sure to get the handles nicely centered on the top edges of the bag. And, of course, you want them to be lined up with each other.

Then you have to hold them in place while you start sewing. I used large T-pins, pinning one through each loop at the bottom of the handles. It was awkward, but it worked.

Would I do this bag again? I think, actually, I might. Now that I’ve made a somewhat more constructed bag than my simple, knit-in-the-round, felted ones, I’ve opened a new category of possibilities. I suspect that, when I’m ready for another purse, I won’t have any qualms about just making my own.

Oh, yes – since someone’s bound to ask, the yarn, again, is Lion Brand Landscapes, in the Spring Desert colorway. I used three skeins to make this bag, and even had enough left over for a little cell phone sleeve.

Lion Brand Landscapes - Spring Desert

I like the colors enough, this is the new wallpaper on my computer.

Coming Up:

I’ll be getting back to my little hexagon quilting project, the table mat to fit the table I use in front of my arm chair. After two rows of randomly chosen fabrics, I’ve charted a simple, all-over floral pattern to do for the bulk of the mat. I’m looking forward to seeing how the pattern builds.

Stay tuned for pictures!

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Comment by Elspeth

July 10, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

What a gorgeous bag! But definitely a bit of work to finish it …

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Comment by toya

July 11, 2007 @ 4:36 am

I love the shape of this bag,it looks like it can carry a lot, beautiful work

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Comment by Natalie

July 11, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

Looks fantastic!

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July 11, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

FO: Ms. Poppins Bag

Thanks to Crafting Jen who finished up in no time last Friday’s CRAFT Pattern Podcast, the Ms. Poppins Bag by Sandi Wiseheart of Knitting Daily. If you’ve got a finished object from projects you’ve seen on the blog or…

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Comment by Carrie K

July 11, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

It looks really good though! Pretty, sturdy and roomy. My kind of bag.

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July 12, 2007 @ 10:30 am

[…] Thanks to Crafting Jen who finished up in no time last Friday’s CRAFT Pattern Podcast, the Ms. Poppins Bag by Sandi Wiseheart of Knitting Daily. If you’ve got a finished object from projects you’ve seen on the blog or from CRAFT Magazine, please upload it to our CRAFT Flickr pool. See more of Jen’s Ms. Poppins bag on her blog here. Link. […]

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Comment by Valerie in San Diego

July 15, 2007 @ 1:14 am

How cute! I never use small bags — I carry an enormous Healthy Back Bag, never very pretty but practical, as my purse. But it’s so pretty.

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