Cosmo Bag Sew Along: Step #14

It’s heeeeerrrrrreee!!!  The end of the Cosmo Bag Sew Along… dun dun duuuun.  I’m kind of wiping my brow at this point, this bag has a lot of steps in it.  Now we have a gorgeous bag with big pockets and full lining, but we’re missing the button to finish the closure.  Hopefully you’ll have picked up a cover button kit — I found mine at JoAnn Fabrics with a coupon (3 cheers!).  And you should also have your round fabric piece that was cut way back in Step #1.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

My cover button kit came with two buttons, but I only needed one.  So, I kept the two plastic pieces for molding the fabric button, plus one metal top and one metal back.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Start with the plastic mold piece, flat side down on the table.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Your round fabric piece will fit inside this as shown.  Right side should be face down.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Place the metal button front with the smooth side down, touching the wrong side of the fabric.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Tuck the raw edges into the button and place the button back on top of it like you’re making a sandwich.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Using the little pusher, place it on top and press down… HARD.  You’ll hear and feel the back of the button “pop” into the button top.  That’s when you know it’s secure and tightly fitted.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Voila!  You have a fabric covered button… so pretty.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

On the bag itself, gently fold over the button loop tab to see where it hits on the bag.  I chose to sew my button right below the center of the band piece from Step #5.

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Here’s the finished bag in all its glory!

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

Amy Butler Cosmo Bag step 14

I made this bag before I packed up and moved out of Los Angeles… it was a very belated birthday gift for my friend Kellie and she tells me that she uses it every day for toting around a whole host of items.  Now I have some requests for more bags.  Ha!  Hello, Christmas sewing… you all might see the Cosmo Bag a *lot* on here as we get closer to Christmas.  I found that this project was great for using up bigger chunks of my fabric stash and I love that this bag is environmentally more friendly.  No one ever guesses that this bag, in particular, came from an old sheets and duvet set.

How did your own Cosmo Bag turn out?  Be sure to post your blog in the comments section and share your pictures!  I can’t wait to see your finished work…  happy toting and sewing!

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  • “Till this moment I never knew myself.” : School of Moxie - […] explore the fabric and sewing stores around Austin!  I almost used my red and white duvet set that I’ve been re-purposing, but I felt that the color didn’t mesh well with my hat.  Oh, darn… fabric shopping.  […]ReplyCancel

  • Angel - Thanks so much, I just completed my second bag thanks to you!!ReplyCancel

  • Bowen gibson - Thank you so much for this tutorial. It was so helpful!ReplyCancel

  • Michaela - Thank you so much.
    With your help I was finally able to finish the Cosmo bag. And I am so proud!!!
    At the beginning I did think it was only my fault that I didn’t understand the instructions. But when I’ve started to search the internet I’ve realized that other had the same problems too.
    I am so grateful!
    Greetings from Switzerland
    MichaelaReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - What wonderful news! I’m so glad my blog was helpful, Michaela, and thank you SO MUCH for reading all the way from Switzerland! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jay - Mary Ann
    Thank you so much for this sew-a-long. Although I have been a sewer for many years, I have only been making bags for about a year now, starting with simple totes and now more structured designs. I was given Amy’s book for Christmas and have finally got round to making the Cosmo. Her instructions have to be about the worst I have come across. I did find on the internet the update she had written to help people with attaching the band but, whilst searching that, I found your blog

    I have to say that the effort, detail and photography that you have put into this is fantastic. I also have Lisa Lam’s Bag Making Bible but your instructions, the photos and the way you write far surpass that book. You really do explain things in a very clear way, making all the steps easy to following in a logical order. Added to that, the excellent photos are a bonus.

    I shall follow you with interest from now on. Good luck with everything and thanks again.

    Jay
    From the UK.ReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - Oh, wow… thank you for the kind words, Jay! The Cosmo Bag sew along is still my favorite series of posts that I have done on my blog and hearing your comments tells me that I should do more of them. So I will! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my blog!ReplyCancel

  • Beginner Interwebs : School of Moxie - […] anything that wasn’t presentable.  I’ve used these sheets and duvets for dresses and bags as well as other projects.  Talk about a cheap source of yardage!  Wow!!  You can even canvass […]ReplyCancel

  • Carmen C - Thank you for the very detailed instructions. I have found I like Amy Butler patterns, but not the instructions.
    I will make this bag again and use you steps to assist.ReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found the Cosmo Bag sew along helpful. I’m planning to do more Amy Butler bags this year, so stay tuned… and thank you for reading my blog! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Emery Dress Final Fabric : School of Moxie - […] decided to use some more of my old red sheets (remember Kellie’s Cosmo Bag?) because I liked the way the color creates just enough pop as the bodice lining and for the […]ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - I can’t say thank you enough, I have had this bag cut out for over a year now just sitting there unable to make any since out of Amy’s instructions! Now thanks to you, I am excited to finish this project and make another bag. I love your site and you explain things so incredibly well. Keep it up and thanks againReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Thank you SO much for your step-by-step instructions on this bag. This is the 3rd Amy Butler bag that I’ve made and if it weren’t for your directions I don’t think I would’ve ever been able to finish. I made the Cosmo bag out of some old curtains and I sewed some vintage crochet Ikea flowers on the front w/ colorful lining. It turned out so cute. My mother is going to use it for her dialysis bag. Again, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - Thank you so much for your kind comment, Sharon! Your Cosmo Bag sounds wonderful in more ways than one. Sending well wishes for you and your mother!ReplyCancel

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