Time for us to make the inside of the Cosmo Bag! The first thing we have to do is Step #10, which is to make the pockets for the inside lining. In Step #11 we will make the entire bag lining, which will include the two pieces we work on in Step #10.
First, we need to locate all of our interior pocket pieces. You should have four pieces, two of which are interfaced and the other two non-interfaced. Just like previous steps for the Cosmo Bag, we’re going to do all of these little steps twice — for each side of the bag interior. You’ll want to match up one interfaced pocket piece with one non-interfaced pocket piece… do the same for the other two pieces and set them aside so that you can locate them easily to complete both sides. Take one set of pockets and put the interfaced and non-interfaced pieces right sides together, matching up the top edge (the straight edge) as shown in the following picture.
Pin these two pieces in place so that you can stitch them more easily.
Using the seam allowance guidelines from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches, stitch the seam. After stitching, be sure to press your seam so that it looks like the following picture (right sides out).
After pressing these seams, we’re now going to top stitch, following the seam allowance guidelines in Amy Butler’s Style Stitches.
To help with attaching our pocket pieces to the interior lining main panels, we will baste the un-stitched edges of these pocket pieces to keep them even and in place for the next step. You’ll notice that my pieces don’t line up exactly and your pieces may not either… it’s OK! If they’re off just a smidge, it will not be seen after you stitch the final seam lines.
Now we’re going to take one of our pocket pieces and line it up on top of one of our interior lining main panel pieces. Lay the pocket piece (either side) on top of the right side of the lining main panel and pin it in place. After you’ve pined the pieces together, you’re going to baste the pocket to the lining.
You’ll notice how this is a really giant pocket piece, but we’re going to create two pockets that are easier to use. First, we’re going to fold the entire piece we just created in half, just as you see in the following picture.
I like to finger press the line so that I can see the crease as I work with it in the following steps… it’s subtle! And it’s meant to be subtle because we don’t want this to be a permanently pressed line, all we’re doing here is finding the true center of our fabric.
Then, I place a couple pins on that crease so that I can spot it as I sew a straight line from one end to the other. Don’t forget to back stitch at both ends.
That’s it for Step #10… in Step #11 we will finish making the entire bag lining, which will feel very familiar because we’re going to do all the same things we did for the bag exterior.
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