Denim Messenger Bag with Amy Barickman

Rob: So you’ve been watching Man Sewingforever and you know how much we love to put stuff together here for you in our tutorials.

But we’re going to do some upcycling today so I had to invite my very special guest, Amy Barickman, the owner and designer of Indygo Junction.

And she’s going to teach us howto take stuff apart.

What do you think of that?Amy: Sounds like fun to me, Rob.

Rob: Cool.

What are we working on today?Amy: Well we’re going to make a messenger tote, laptop bag.

Rob: Ohooo Amy: And it’s from my denim redesign book.

Rob: Oh very good.

Amy: So I just have lots of ideas to share.

Tips and techniques.

Rob: Fantastic.

Amy: Let’s get started.

Rob: Do we have much of a supply list?Amy: Well actually, it’s not too bad because you can get your denim from family members, the thrift shop Rob: Right, right.

Amy: You’re going to use two pairs of jeans.

And I always have a third pair available justin case you need some extra yardage.

Rob: Are you looking for matching kind oftones or does that matter? Amy: Yes.

Because what you like is, I’llshow you here Rob: OkAmy: You have the bag and you want it to look like, your bag to look like maybe it camefrom one pair of jeans.

Rob: Sure.

Amy: So, so I go shop and find matching denims.

And you want to go with about a 34 inch waistwhich is, equates to about a 12 or 14 womens.

Rob: OkAmy: And what you’re also looking for is a straight leg.

Rob: Oh that makes sense Amy: Yep, because you need that yardage.

Soyou want to have at least a 14 inch width that you’re going to work on.

Rob: Ok Amy: On that leg.

And so, you know, I broughtsome samples.

Rob: I was just going to ask.

Maybe it makesmore sense to start.

Is this where we’re going to start here?Amy: Yes.

Rob: She’s got to teach me because I’mclueless about this stuff so she gets to show today.

I’m just going to hang out and drinkcoffee while she does all the hard work.

Amy: Alright, we can do that.

You know welove upcycling at Indygo Junction and this is one of my favorites.

So what we’re goingto do is we’re going to start with a pair of jeans.

This is pair number one.

Rob: Ok Amy: And with pair number one we’re goingto open them up and we’re going to go ahead and cut the two outside seams.

And what I’llshow you here is Rob: I’m going to stop you there too aswell Amy: RightRob: I believe this is where we want to make sure this is where we have the 14Amy: Right Rob: Let’s make sure that everyone getsthat part.

Amy: RightRob: And this is why the straight leg is so important too because this is, got it, nowI’m getting it.

Amy: Yes because you need seven and sevenbecause what you’re going to do is slice up here.

Rob: Perfect.

Amy: And where we’re going to is just toabout where the crotch hits.

Rob: Right.

Amy: So then when you open this up, you’ll see that you want to have that 14 inch width.

Rob: Oh fantastic Amy: Ok?Rob: Great Amy: So this is pair number one and that’swhat we do with pair number one.

Rob: OkAmy: And then we’ll move on Rob: No seam ripper? Scissors easiest?Amy: Not yet, not yet Rob: OkAmy: In pair number one is going to actually be what you’re going to use for the frontflap of the bag.

Rob: Oh, right, got it.

Amy: So, so you’re going to want the front pocket and the back pocket and that’sRob: Got it Amy: What you can see is here’s where itwould, what we would be cutting into.

Rob: FantasticAmy: When we do that piece.

Ok, the other part of this pair number one is the frontof the bag.

So you’re also going to be looking for this piece.

Rob: Oh, got it, got it, got it.

Amy: And you want to take that piece fromthe bottom, closer to the hem Rob: OkAmy: Because what that’s going to provide you is more yardage to use for other things.

So you want to maximize your, your yardage.

And then this side of pair number one willbe your straps and what I call your gusset, your side and your bottom of the bag.

Rob: Sure.

Amy: So that’s this piece here.

Rob: Got it.

Great and this is an example right here too Amy?Amy: Yes, you can see here the gusset or the side and bottom of the bag.

Rob: Perfect.


Got it.

Makes sense.

Amy: From pair number one.

Rob: Makes sense Amy: And then what we’re going to do withthis pair is we’re going to cut from the front to the back at the waistband.

So we’rejust going to go ahead and cut around.

So when I think about using the seam ripper, there are different reasons to use it if you find like tabs to cut through that you wantto keep the integrity of the denim intact Rob: RightAmy: But most of all when you’re cutting through these thicknesses with the denim seamsRob: Right Amy: You want to go ahead and use your, yourgood scissors.

Rob: Got it.

Amy: So we’ll go ahead and cut through this.

Rob: And I see you’re being accurate butalso being, here let’s move up Amy: Right.

Ya, we’re not going to use this.

Ya, I’m not being that careful because the point is just to separate your two legs, ok?Rob: Just like that there.

Beautiful Amy: Separate two legs.

Alright and then whatwe’re going to do, this is pair number one, is we’re going to go ahead and put thoseaside for a second.

Rob: OkAmy: And look at pair number two.

Rob: GreatAmy: Oh, well here it is already cut apart.

Rob: Fantastic.

Amy: So there you go.

Rob: Ok, just like that.

Amy: All ready to go.

Rob: Ok, do you want to hand me these onesAmy: Yep Rob: I’ll do laundry over hereAmy: Ok, you can be in charge of keeping me in order here because.

Pair number one, pairnumber two, so pair number two Rob: Because she’s so organized with allof these steps.

We’ve got to make sure we keep the set organized.

Amy: Well you’re helping me and I appreciate it.

So what we do with pair number two iswe’re going to go ahead and cut up one of the outside seams.

I’m not going to go aheadand finish that because I know we want to move along.

And then you’re going to cutthat all the way up to just under the back pocket.

So that’s your point.

Rob: Ok, let me make sure I got that.

You want me to cut up to where this pin is whichis going to go right under the back pocket all the way across this leg or both legs?Amy: You can actually do it just across both legs.

You’ll, because you’re going touse this whole piece.

Rob: Perfect.


Amy: Sometimes I wait to cut it because I want to make sure I maximize the, the piece.

Rob: Got it.

Amy: So that’s what I show you too.

On this, the other leg you’re going to cut up the inner seam.

Rob: Got it Amy: On the flat felled seam here.

And again, you know, if you’re cutting really close it’s just as easyRob: Just as easy, convenient, you don’t need the seam ripper?Amy: You don’t need the seam ripper, right? Rob: And you’re really trying to get asmuch denim as possible out of both these pair of, I almost said Levi’s but any denim works, right? Amy: Right.

ExactlyRob: Got it Amy: Exactly.

Rob: Ok, cool Amy: But you can have fun with your, you know, Levi’s tag.

Lee jeans or your Wranglers or whatever you’re, you’re using thatday.

Rob: I love it.

So do we need this again.

Amy: I’m going to hand that back to you if we need it.

It’s extra and not sure ifwe are going to use it Rob: Sure perfect.

Amy: So when we’re cutting out, we’ve talked about the different measurements.

Solet’s go back to that.

What we have here we’ll show you how we get, so once you getto the piece that you’re going to use for the front flap.

You want a 14 by 14 cut.

Rob: Got it Amy: And what you want to watch here is thisis an example I brought just to show you that my belt loop was right at my 14 inch point.

Rob: Oh, got it.

So that becomes a seam allowance.

Amy: That’s where, right, you need a halfinch.

So that’s where I took it off with the seam ripper.

Rob: Ah.

Finally Amy: There you go.

Rob: Ok Amy: On this side you also want like a halfinch seam allowance to be sure that, and you can see it right here.

To be sure that youhave room for your seam on each side.

And again, we were close to a rivet so we werelucky enough to have a half inch.

Rob: So you’re sewing through tags.

You’resewing through some of the thicker parts.

But you’re not sewing through rivets.

You’renot sewing through zippers and you’re not sewing through buttons.


Amy: Right.

Rob: Ok, got it.

Love it.

Amy: Right.

So back to this pant.

So how do we get this piece, right?Rob: Ok Amy: We want to figure that out.

We will takeand we will cut, and I like to get as much as I can when I do this.

Just a little extra.

So we’re going to cut across here.

And then we’ll cut up the side.

Rob: You’ve done this before.

Amy: And.

Oh, yes.

And here, there’s whereyou get this piece.

Rob: Perfect.

Got it.

Amy: So that all makes sense.

Rob: Right.

Amy: And what you’re looking for is a 14 by 14.

So you will want to use your rulerRob: Ok Amy: It’s wonderful.

And the red here, wemark with our, let me get it flipped correctly here.

We mark with like a chalk penRob: Ok Amy: And figure out where our 14 inches isRob: So you’re first eyeballing where Amy: So hereRob: A good 14, making sure you have the pockets and you don’t have a bunch of hazards inthe way Amy: ExactlyRob: Got it.

Amy: Exactly and then you can square it upand we can also look and make sure we have our length.

Now we are, the great thing aboutthis is see we’re a little short? Rob: Uh huh.

Amy: The beauty of this is we’re going to add a panel up hereRob: Right Amy: That is aRob: You don’t feel so short anymore? Amy: I was like, what are you doing?Rob: I know you’re giving good instruction, she’s going to add a panel up there.

Amy: Yes, I’m going to heighten, heighten this piece.

And you can see, I’ll pull thisone away because these denims match.

This will look a little prettier.

Rob: Beautiful.

Amy: So you will then be able to add a pieceto extend that piece to 17 inches.

Rob: Do you have kind of a rough size youusually shoot for on this? Amy: We do about a six by 14 on this.

Rob: Ok Amy: So we have plenty of playRob: 14 for the width and plenty of play that wayAmy: Plenty of play back and forth Rob: Got itAmy: So I think I have one pre-sewn.

Rob: Yes you doAmy: And then I think we can get, move these out of the way here.

Rob: Ok, I’ll take those for you Amy: Set those downRob: Love to.

Thank you.

Amy: So here we have the, the front flapRob: Right Amy: With the, with the panel sewn on.

Rob: Right Amy: So we sew that.

We like to use like a12 weight cotton thread Rob: RightAmy: Because in a color that matches the denim that maybe is sewn on theRob: Perfect choice Amy: The one you’re recycling.

And I’msurprised, it’s super easy to sew through theseRob: To stitch it right there on the Melody.

I watched you do it when we were warming upAmy: Ya Rob: Great I love itAmy: Ya it works.

I’ve been really happy.

I had the Rachel and used that for many ofthe samples here.

So that’s our front piece that we’ve created.

Rob: And that is kind of this piece that is here to hereAmy: Right Rob: Got it.

Amy: Exactly Rob: Got itAmy: So then we need our back piece.

Rob: Alright, do I have it down here?Amy: There it is.

I went ahead and cut it out of the pant leg of the denim.

Do you wantme to take you through that process and show you this process?Rob: I think it makes sense.

We want to make sure that our audience has the denim deconstructedenough that it turns into a giant piece of fabric.

And this is that lower leg.

And thiswas probably near the bottom cuff Amy: Right.

RightRob: So ya, you’re shooting for as much fabric as possible.

But I think you did areal good job of showing us that, where that came fromAmy: Ok, ok.

Rob: Bottom of the pant leg.

Amy: Right, so what’s going to happen with these two pieces are you’re going to actually, if this is the back of the flap, you’re going to sew these right sides togetherRob: Ok Amy: You’ll definitely want to, you know, square up before you do that.

Rob: OkAmy: And I have an example of that that I can show you.

Rob: Here we go.

Trade you again.

Amy: Yes.

Rob: Perfect, we’re getting it.

We’re getting it.

Amy: When you sew that, we’re using a half inch seam allowance.

Rob: Ok Amy: And we are going to leave an openingwhere we can turn the bag and so, you want to do the magic.

Rob: Sure I’d love to Amy: And don’t forget to clip the cornersRob: Oh got it.

So we’ve taken the corners off there.

Amy: Right Rob: Perfect.

Amy: With that heavier denim, you want to wherever you can to make sure you clip thecorners.

And at some points we’re actually trimming the seam allowances too.

Rob: I was going to ask Amy: Depending on if we’re, if we’re topstitchingRob: Right.

And the half inch is for the structure and the strength.

But sometimes you have totrim it down a little bit in certain areas.

Amy: Right.

Especially, when we’re, likethe strap we’ll want to trim it there when we’re topstitching.

Rob: Perfect.

How’d I do? Amy: You’re doing great.

Rob: Thanks Amy: You’re doing great.

So if you havea.

Turn it.

So what I thought we could do, if you want to iron up the, we could stitchacross, Rob: SureAmy: Topstitch across the bottom of the bag here.

You may want toRob: You know what, I do, I’ve got a purple thing.

Sometimes that worksAmy: Wonderful.

I love those.

They come in handy.


And you can see this isa Lee jean in big letters.

It’s a lot of fun going to the thrift shop and looking foryour denim.

Rob: I bet it changes the whole way you gohunting.

Amy: I, I love to hunt.

Rob: How did I do? Oh, I’ve got to get these ones.

Got to get all four corners, ok?Amy: Right, right.

Rob: So after we topstitch this we’re goingto show them topstitching, right? Amy: SureRob: Ok Amy: Let’s at least, we can do one sideof the bag and hopefully Rob: SureAmy: Maybe we should have trimmed right there.

Maybe do this top edge.

Rob: Ok, I’ll let you do that because you’re closer.

Do you want me to press it or areyou good? Amy: You know what, I think we could, I thinkwe could go ahead and press it.

Rob: OkAmy: Just give it a quick press if it’s ready.

If not we can just, for demonstrationpurposes we can just send it through.

Rob: I just turned it on tell a quick joke.

Amy: Ok.

Well I’ll tell you Rob: This quilter walks into aAmy: I’ll tell you a little bit about the denim and I always want it, I love the, likeLevi’s weight for this project, so it’s a little heavier.

Rob: Right.

Amy: But again there’s so many differenttypes of denim now out there and just thousands of pairs of jeans.

Rob: Right Amy: In thrift stores and the stretch denimtoo actually works pretty well.

And you’ll see a lot of stretch denim.

But again thereal key is to have that straight leg.

Rob: RightAmy: And straight top to bottom Rob: Nice.

I bet the stretch denim has a neathand on it but I don’t know if I’d want to put my heavy gear in it.

Amy: Right, right.

That would be what you would be concerned about.

Rob: Got it.

Amy: So I”m going to go ahead and send thisthrough.

And I am just using the quarter, and of course backstitch here.

And keep inmind, this will be at the top of your bag, on the flap.

You’ll flap this open overonce we construct the bag.

And again we’re doing this without pinsRob: Sure Amy: But you can see how the machine is reallydoing really well with the denim Rob: Ya it’s doing great.

Now I put a size90 needle in there early on because I knew we were using the 12 weight thread.

I didn’tknow if that’s what you would recommend as well.

Amy: We use the denim needle is probably our preferred needle.

Rob: Right Amy: But you could, it looks like this needledid just fine, so.

But again, you can see here where we have the topstitching done onthat side so and then we can Rob: OkAmy: Eventually topstitch the bottom of the flapRob: So we’ve got our front flap done.

What’s next?Amy: Well we’re going to put that aside and work on the body of the bag.

Rob: We’ll need this again later.

Amy: RightRob: So the body of the bag coming at you here.

Amy: Right Rob: See if I’ve got all the steps correct.

Is that right? Amy: YepRob: We don’t need that quite yet.

Ok? Amy: So this is, what you see here is theback flap and the back of the bag.

Rob: RightAmy: And I had mentioned the second pair of jeans was where we took those pieces out of.

Rob: Correct Amy: And what you want to think about whenyou cut this back pocket Rob: RightAmy: Is you want to look at your hem bottom of that, that pant and pick, pick the hem, usually they’re about consistently worn, but the one that has the best look.

And that’swhat you’ll cut your, your, this piece out ofRob: You’re going for character Amy: Ya.

14 by 11Rob: Thanks, perfect.

Amy: On the pocket piece.

And then on theback of the tote we’re at 14 by 16 ½ Rob: Perfect.

Amy: Ok? Rob: Perfect, perfect.

Amy: And you see here, where this is the piece, the seamRob: Got it Amy: So that isRob: Got it.

That’s just a single layer.

Got it.

There’s that.

Amy: And we’ll go ahead and baste the pocket on so that.

So our back is already put togetherand ready to go.

Rob: Got it.

And that brings us to this step.

That’s where I was getting kind of visually tripped up because I was looking at what wasgoing on down here.

So you want to walk us through your gusset?Amy: So yes, this is the side bottom gusset piece.

And this was, remember on the jeanspair number one, I said we’re going to use one of the legs that we were going to cutstrips that were going to be Rob: RightAmy: That Rob: How wide are those?Amy: These are three inches wide.

Rob: PerfectAmy: And it is 49 inches long.

It’s a little bit of extra because what the key is on thisis that you miss the corners when you sew it on.

Because you don’t wantRob: Best tip Amy: A seamRob: Best tip of the whole video.

Amy: There you go.

Tip number one, you donot want to run one of these seams into one of your corners.

Because you want a reallynice Rob: That is greatAmy: Crisp corner.

Rob: Great.


Amy: We can look at this and this will explain a little bit more about putting that gusset, side bottom on.

You’ll start at the top, pin and stitch.

And then when you get to thiscorner, what you’re going to do is you’re going to stop and backstitch a half inch beforethe bottom of the bag, ok? And then once you have it stitchedRob: Right Amy: Just take that little clip and clip rightinto your seam allowance, don’t clip through your threads.

Rob: Ok Amy: Of course.

And then you’re going tojust turn and lay the piece down, pin again Rob: NiceAmy: Backstitch again and the beauty is you’ll get this really wonderful, wonderful cornerRob: That’s a nice corner Amy: YaRob: And you don’t have the bulk when you’re trying to turn underneath the presser foot.

Amy: Right.

Exactly, exactly Rob: Got itAmy: It’s a really nice trick Rob: Great tipAmy: So then we take the back panel that we have there and that’s what we would place, let’s see Rob: Ok, let’s do this.

Amy: Put that aside Rob: Production notes.

We’ll take care ofthat.

There we go Amy: And so you’ll be then matching upRob: Right sides together Amy: Right.

And going through and doing thesame Rob: Making sure that the opening of yourpocket is still open Amy: Right.

Make sure you don’t have itupside down.

I’ve done that before.

Rob: Don’t ask how I know that.



Amy: There, now you’ve got the, the completedbag we can look at.

Rob: Got it, got it.

Amy: So now we actually have the denim exterior.

Rob: Fantastic.

I can take that for you.

Amy: I’ll give you that back.

Rob: Sure.


Amy: Awesome.

So the next step is the strap Rob: Right because I see you have a strapin there but we haven’t shown them how to build the strapAmy: Right, right.

This is the one Rob: All of our parts and piecesAmy: This is how we’re going to be building this strap.

And what I, we’ve done is we’vecut out the denim, remember the pair number one.

We’ve got enough three inches by 47inches Rob: OkAmy: Two pieces.

So because you’re going to have the strap and you’re going to stitch, you know you need the two sides of the strap Rob: RightAmy: So there’s our big piece.

And you can see here how we’ve shown the process ofcombining your pieces to get that longer piece.

Rob: So you’re doing this on the bias?Amy: Right Rob: Is that necessary?Amy: Well, no.

It’s really just, we did it actually for a detail.

I’ll show youon this bag.

Rob: I remember seeing it somewhere on thestrap didn’t I Amy: Ya, we just liked this added detail on, where we angled it and Rob: Topstitched it?Amy: Topstitched it there.

Let me show you how we did that in this little sample.

Rob: Ok, thanks.

Amy: What we’re going to do is just at aright angle, right sides together Rob: RightAmy: And then draw a line from the two outer corners and you’ll stitch.

And we alreadyhave it stitched.

And then you’ll quarter inch trim it, open it up and again that willbe nicely pieced together.

Take these two straps that you have.

I’ll hand that backto you.

Rob: ThanksAmy: And you’ll have that sewn right sides together.

This is where we really need totrim the, you know, down, if we can, to the, as close to that stitching as we canRob: Got it Amy: So we trim both sides.

Rob: So you have it something to three inches.

You build it so it’s nicely constructedand then you trim it back down so that it will turn itself back out correctly.

Amy: So it will turn easier.

Rob: YesAmy: And then it will topstitch more cleanly.

Rob: Oh that would make sense too.

Got it.

Amy: Yes.

And we do it on both sides when we do that.

And you can see that on the, thebigger strap here how we’ve turned it right sides out and then stitched it.

And againyou can see that 12 weight thread adds a nice Rob: Nice detail.

Ya I like that a lotAmy: Really the toughest part of the bag, because this is such an easy bag to make, Rob: Right, right.

Amy: Is, is turning the strapRob: And the Man Sewing tube turning technique doesn’t necessarily work here by pullingon the cord.

We’ve tried that a little bit.

Let’s just take it nice and slow and feedit that safety pin through Amy: RightRob: You are putting your sweatshirt back togetherAmy: Right, right, right.

Right, take your time, watch a movieRob: Like you’ve got to get the elastic back in your jammies.

YepAmy: I had my son help me with it last night, so he offered to do that to get this one turnedout Rob: You told me there’s another trick you’veused in the past about the side seams or something when you’re strugglingAmy: Yes Rob: So tell me that one.

Amy: When you’re struggling you could cut actually a hole, a larger hole in the middleand then feed, feed back out from that.

Rob: RightAmy: And that’s really what we ended up doing.

So just keeping that in mind.

And Ido know there’s tube turner tools that are out there too that work great for creatingeven thinner Rob: Like a 17 year old guy with a needlenose pliers.

Just yank that back out.

Amy: Exactly that was my son.

Needle nosepliers, pull it on through.

Rob: Someone’s got to do it.

Amy: Yep, yep Rob: So thank you those are great tips.

Amy: Yes, yes.

Rob: But now how did you put it into the bag, tell me, teach me that, please.

Amy: So the strap is actually just, what thekey is that you want to make sure you don’t have a twist when you sew on the sides.

Rob: Ok Amy: So make sure it is straight in the back.

Rob: Non-adjustable, so did you try it on a little bit?Amy: Yes, that is a great point Rob: OkAmy: We’ve left plenty of length in that Rob: 47 inchesAmy: Yes, so definitely try it on, make sure it’s where you want it.

And then what you’regoing to do is again on the right side of the side bottom piece you’re going to justpin that right sides together and then go ahead and sew your half inch seams on bothsides of the bag.

So again, it’s kind of, if you’re confused it’s inside the baglike that when you do that.

And then what you’re going to do is actually get readyfor the lining.

Rob: RightAmy: And do that now by pressing a half inch to the wrong side of the bag.

Rob: Ok Amy: So that will be ready after we get throughour next steps.

Rob: Got it.

So I’ll warm the iron up.

AndI can be pressing if you want to talk to us about the liner.

Are you ready for the liner?Amy: Oh sure, ya.

Let’s go ahead and do we have the pieces?Rob: Yes we do Amy: TogetherRob: I’ll take care of this Amy: OkRob: I’ll let you have those Amy: So, thank youRob: And just a wad Amy: This is kind of a fun story behind thisfabric.

This is a fabric line of mine called Vintage Made ModernRob: Right Amy: And it’s a, it’s pages from the fashiondictionary Rob: I’ve seen the book.

It’s cool.

It’sreally cool Amy: So yes, from my Vintage Notions originalcompilation.

So it was fun to be able to use this in the bag.

And I love a light fabricfor the lining of the bag.

Something that you’re going to be able to see what’sinside your bag.

Rob: In case your keys go missingAmy: Yes, exactly, exactly Rob: See even though not all guys carry apurse I’ve always had a man bag.

I’ve alwaysAmy: A murse Rob: A murseAmy: Well when you think about it, when you said keys you have your belt loops on yourbag, your denim bag that you can hook your keys on it.

Rob: Right Amy: Ok, so back to, back to business here.

Rob: You know they’re actually a satchel and Daniel Boone carries one.

Amy: Ok, ok a satchel, I like that one.

I like that better.

Rob: Name that quote.

Amy: There we go.

So lining of the bag.

Rob: Ok Amy: We’re going to do the lining of thebag 14 by 16 ½ and we’re going to, here are the two pieces.

And what we’re goingto be doing and again we’re creating that gusset side bottom.

So we seam these together.

You know to create that gusset Rob: Regular straight seam? We don’t haveto do bias or anything? Amy: Right.

Again, three by 49Rob: Ok Amy: And then we’re going to stitch it, we’ve already turned it right side out, right side out but what I’ll show you iswe did the same method here turning this.

Rob: Got itAmy: Again it’s not as important and vital Rob: Next corner I’m doing that.

I’m doingthat on the next corner I make, I tell you Amy: Well there you go.

So now we have, Ithink we’re ready to actually construct the actual bag.

Rob: Got it.

So we’ve got our handle tucked in.

And there’s no pockets on the linerso there’s no front or back to the liner Amy: Right, right, right.

So we’re set, just slide it in there.

Rob: There you go.

I get my hands out of yourway.

I left the pins in so be careful.

Amy: Ok, and we’re just going to match upour side pieces Rob: Oh for the gusset to the gussetAmy: Right, right, right, right.

And so we would pin all the way around the bag.

Rob: Ok Amy: And I would, actually want to sew fromthe denim side because you’ll be, this will be with your 12 weight, like a topstitch aroundthe top edge.

Rob: So you’re looking at the denim or thedenim is on the feed dogs? Amy: You are looking at the denim.


Got it Amy: Yep, yep.

So then you’re going to geta really nice Rob: She’s placing her pins accordinglybecause we never sew over a pin right Amy? Amy: Oh, oh!Rob: So she’s making sure she can pull them out just in the nick of timeAmy: Yes, exactly, exactly.

Especially when you’re being more cautious with denim inthese bigger seams that you have to go through.

But like I said, I really had good luck workingwith the Rachel and the Melody.

Ya, it’s been great.

Amy: All finished.

We pressed it if you rememberand we pinned it all the way around.

Rob: Lots of pins I notice.

Got it.

Amy: Yes, lots of pins.

Because you want it, and that 12 weight thread that looks so niceagainst the denim.

Rob: Right.

Amy: And we stitched it and now we’re ready to turn it right side out.

Rob: And I’m just realizing we’re totally done, there’s no opening.


Amy: No opening.

It’s pretty simple.

Rob: I love it.

Amy: This is a really great bag.

So now we do this.

Rob: Ya, I don’t have to pull the pins out first orAmy: Ya, if you like Rob: Grab those because we want to put theflap on still, right? Amy: Right.

Rob: Got it let’s get these out of the way.

Amy: We will need those out of the way.

Thankyou Rob: You’re welcome.

That’s a cute pincushion.

Amy: Well thank you.

It’s more of the VintageMade Modern fabric.

Rob: This came from her studio there.

Amy: There you go.

So here we have Rob: Awesome.

Amy: Our bag.

And we’re ready to go.

Rob: And we need that flap.

And I left itright here, didn’t I? Yes I did.

Amy: Ok, so this is the back of the bag, right?Rob: Yes Amy: And here’s our front of the bag.

Rob: Yes Amy: Oops, here we go.

And so what we’regoing to do is we’re going to go to the back and we’re going to place this flapin position where we’re going to then sew across.

We’ll sew here.

Rob: Ok Amy: As I mentioned before, we could eitherdo a single line Rob: RightAmy: This bag actually just has a single, Rob: Right.

Amy: And there we have you on the show and I love teaching and Ithought, you know you needed a little denim, maybe you can take it to quilt market.

Rob: You got it.

You got it.

Amy: And again, look at the, I love the thread.

This is the 12 weight thread again and the double needle technique.

So it’s a verysimilar bag to what we did with recycled.

Same idea.

Rob: Right.

Thank you, Amy.

What a treat.

Amy: Thank youRob: Thank you for being on Man Sewing.

I really appreciate itAmy: This is really exciting.

Rob: AwesomeAmy: I’m thrilled Rob: I’m speechless.

I’ve got this awesomebag.

I’ve got an awesome friend who gave us an awesome project.

So with that we’rejust going to say, we’ll see you next time here at Man Sewing.