We made it!!! Our hard work has paid off and we have finally reached the last day of the Adventure Time Backpack Sew Along. Today we will be joining the lining to the outer bag to complete our awesome backpacks.
To recap on where we at, visit the previous blog posts:
- Day Five: Creating the Lining
- Day Four: Assembling the Outer Bag
- Day Three: Outer Back and Sides
- Day Two: Front Pocket
- Day One: Preparation
Today we will be looking at:
- Putting it all together (page 20)
You will need:
- The Adventure Time Backpack pattern
- Complete outer bag
- Complete lining
- Sewing tools of your choice (pins, clips, etc.).
We’re going to use the drop-in method for attaching the lining to the outer bag. This is not a difficult technique, but may be new to you so be sure to read the instructions carefully.
Start with the bags wrong side out, the back panel of the lining against the back panel of the outer bag.
Stitch these together within the seam allowance. It is important that you stay within the seam allowance or you may end up sewing over your beautiful piping and changing the shape of your bag. I stitch from the gusset seam on one side over to the gusset seam on the other (the length of the outer gusset zipper).
Turn the bag the right way out, with the lining sitting inside the outer as if it were a complete bag. Try and sit the lining inside as neatly as possible,ensuring the gusset seams are aligned.
Fold the gusset of the outer bag back so you can see the seam allowance. Stitch the front panels together within the seam allowance, as you did with the back panels. You may find it difficult to stitch the entire gusset length, so just stitch as far as you can.
Poke and prod the lining so that it is sitting neatly within the outer bag. You don’t want to see any raw edges or other ickiness. I like to clip it in place just so I can be sure it’s sitting correctly.
Stitch along the existing topstitching to secure the lining to the outer bag. If you’re lucky/talented, you will be able to do this in a single step down one side of the zip, across the gusset, up the other side of the zip, and across the remaining gusset. If you are finding it difficult to do this in one step, stitch as far along one side as you can, then the other side, and finish by hand-sewing the gussets to ensure there are no gaps in the lining.
Finally, stitch a second row along the zipper tape to ensure the lining is secure and out of the way of the zip. Again, just stitch as far along as you can if you’re having trouble stitching along the entire length of the zip.
You are now the proud owner of your very own perfectly awesome Adventure Time Backpack.
Thank you so much for joining me for this sew along. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Remember to post any questions, photos, hints and tips, or encouragement in the two pretty poppets Facebook group.
Until next time.