Welcome to day 3 of the Swoon Camille SAL! Today we will be completing half of the bag.
Take the back panel bottom with the foam and fold in half to find the center. Mark or place a pin at the top center
From the top center mark, measure down 1″
We will install the female part of the magnetic snap.
Using the disc as a template, cut holes using an Xacto knife or blade of choice.
Slide the female portion through the right side of the fabric, slide the disc on the feet and put the feet inward or outward, your choice (I do inward onto each other.) (PS-I didn’t actually install the snap here.)
Take the assembled flap and the back panel bottom, centering the two right sides together. Each end will have approximately 1″ of the back panel hanging off the flap on either side. Stitch at 1/2″ seam allowance.
The flap is now sandwiched between the top and bottom back panel pieces.
Stitch the top panel on, following the same stitch line as the back panel bottom piece to the flap.
You should have this ^ and the picture below.
Find the lining slip pocket piece with woven interfacing. Fold in half to find the center. Mark the top center.
From the top center, Measure down 1.5″ and insert the male magnetic snap half as you did before.
Pin the lining slip pocket with snap to the exterior slip pocket right sides together.
Sew along the long top straight edge at 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim allowance.
Flip pieces wrong sides together (remember, I didn’t install a snap, but if you did, you should have one here) and press well. Pin all raw edges together.
Pull and roll the top edge so it’s nice and smooth. Press well.
Top stitch along the top long seam. Continue to baste the 3 raw edges together.
Take the slip pocket you just put together…
Place it on the Back Panel.
Match sides and bottom. Make sure your snaps line up too!
Baste the slip pocket to the back panel. Make sure not to sew through the flap or top back panel at all. The slip pocket will slightly cover the seam between the flap and the back panel.
Just like that. Set aside.
Take both strap pieces. Place them short ends together and stitch along just one short side at 1/2″ seam allowance. Now you will have one really long strap.
Press that seam open.
Fold the strap in half, matching long raw edges.
Open the strap up and press each long edge to the middle fold.
You will have this.
Now re-fold along the original middle fold.
Top stitch down each long edge.
From each end, cut 5″ off of the strap for the connector pieces. You do want to do this from each end so the seam of the strap is still in the middle. If you cut both 5″ connector pieces off the same end, then the strap seam will no longer be centered. My OCD-ness went into overload just thinking about that happening. ACK!
Take one of those 5″ pieces and fold in half, matching raw ends. Hand press to make a crease.
Unfold and turn each raw edge to meet at the center crease.
Slide a loop onto one end. THIS ^ is how it will get sewn on to the bag. Do not fold the connector again at the middle crease.
Take one of the exterior Gusset panels (with the foam) and measure down 2.5″ from the top (narrow end). Place the connector centered on the gusset so the fold of the connector piece is at the 2.5″ mark.
Take a bit of glue or pin the connector down. Top stitch the connector onto the gusset around all 4 sides.. Use a zipper foot if needed to sew close to the hardware.
Repeat for the other connector and the other gusset.
Tomorrow is the last day! Almost done!