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The Multi-size Harris Tote | Sew and Sell Digital Sewing Pattern

The Harris Tote Bag PDF Sewing Pattern from Spencer Ogg Designs featured at PatternPile.com

This is a great pattern for beginners who want a really nice bag, but are still learning how to sew. A comprehensive sewing pattern download with instructions and full-colour photography throughout. Lots of bag-making hints and sewing tips included. The Harris Tote bag is fully lined with a flat base allowing the bag to hold its lovely shape. This tote has a roomy security pocket inside to hold your wallet and phone securely. We love the Harris tweed

used in the sample photos, but of course you can use just about any sturdy fabric you want and in two different sizes.

Tips for Sewing With Tweed Fabric:


Tweed fabric is a rough, unfinished woolen fabric, with a sometimes itchy, yet flexible texture, that can look like cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. Tweed fabrics tend to fray or unravel easily. Most loosely woven tweed fabrics require stabilizer to prevent fabric distortion.

Follow these tips from Simplicity Patterns for positive results when sewing with tricky tweeds

:

Seam finishing – because tweed

s tend to fray or unravel, seam finishing is a must. A simple zig-zag stitch

, or, an over-lock

ed or serged

seam is typically fine. If however, you are sewing an unlined jacket, try binding the seam with double-fold bias tape

.

Stabilize shoulder seams with twill tape

to prevent stretching.

For very loosely woven or hand-woven tweeds, you must stabilize with a fusible tricot interfacing

.

or lace to finish hems.

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