Annette Commuter Tote Sew Along :: Part 1 ::  Cutting Guide

Annette Commuter Tote Sew Along :: Part 1 :: Cutting Guide

a thebes welcome to another video today it is part 1 of the annette commuter tote so along and this is a pattern by swoon patterns I have made this bag twice before once in this size and once in the handbag size this size is a bit of a beast believe it or not it's actually slightly easier to so larger bag there is there less fiddly to get under the sewing machine but it is a bit of a beast I love this thing it carries everything including my laptop so I shall be talking you through the making of this today it's part 1 which is printing out the pattern putting the pattern pieces together mirroring the pattern pieces and then cutting out the fabric so let's get started for this tutorial you're going to need your pattern I'm also using the pocket a supplement from Chris W designs your main fabric I'm not sure I'm gonna have enough of this I may run out in this project but fingers crossed that doesn't happen contrasting fabric I am using a vinyl if you haven't made this back before on you or you haven't worked with vinyl before please choose something like a denim or a cotton or a deck or white fabric as final it's not something that you want to practice a new bag and a new technique all at the same time lining fabric matching thread ribbon an exterior and interior zip for the version I'm doing you will need two Dearing's to swivel clasps perspex a strap slider and for rectangular rings ruler pins wonder Clips scissors paper and fabric you're marking tool of choice sellotape and post-it notes you're also going to need foam interfacing medium white interfacing I'm using pellon FF 101 I get it from Amazon buy the bolt and a very firm heavyweight interfacing this is deck oval which I get from so hot in the UK everything will be listed in the description bar down below once you've gathered all your supplies you're going to need to print off your pattern pieces what you want to do is you want to do it from your laptop or your computer and you want to do it at a hundred percent scale or no scaling whatsoever when you've printed that out there is a two inch box here and you want to use your ruler to make sure that that box actually does measure two inches square which means that your pattern pieces are all going to have been printed at the right size if you print from a tablet or a phone you can find that it will regardless of that you putting it a 100% scale it can print it out slightly smaller ask me how I know so please make sure that you print it out from your laptop or computer and that you double check this box we're going to need to cut out all of our pattern pieces if you're using vinyl then you're going to want to cut the hand or connector with vinyl only and if you're using denim or a deck or white fabric you're going to need to cut the handle connectors stabilizer and also the handle connectors themselves you'll need to cut these pattern pieces out I'm using vinyl so I don't need to cut those out but I will need to cut out everything else and then we'll need to take them together so there's lots of little pieces that are going to need to be taped together because the pattern piece itself wouldn't fit onto a a four sheet of paper so we have a piece pattern piece here with an eye on it and that corresponds to this pattern piece which also has an eye what I like to do is leave a little lip of paper on one or other not both of these pattern pieces so that I have something to overlap and stick to when I come to put my pattern pieces together the other thing that you want to make sure that you're doing is that you're finding every single piece that has commuter-type written on it there's the satchel handbag size and there's the commuter tote and for this sew along I will be working on the commuter tote which is the larger of the two bags the sew along will totally apply for the satchel handbag size you'll just need to cut some different size pieces when it comes to cutting out your fabrics so I'm going to get all of these pieces cut out and then I'm going to show you what we'll do with those next once you've cut all your paper pieces out you should have five pattern pieces that need sticking together the main foam panel the side pocket main panel side panel side panel foam so what you're going to do is you're going to you take and as I say I've cut this one completely off at the top but then I've left a little lip of paper on this one so you want to overlap that little lip of paper match up the eyes make sure that everything is matched up and nice and even and tape it down now you may notice that I've left excess paper on this side here I have actually made this back before so what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the new pattern pieces that I've printed out and I'm going to match up the long fold lines like that and take those down so that I have a full pattern piece and I don't need to cut anything on the fold I find this very helpful for things like vinyl because you don't want to really fold vinyl because it kind of remembers the creases and things like that so I like to be able to place my pattern pieces down and draw around them you obviously don't have to print your pattern pieces up twice you could use the original pattern piece to trace around on tracing paper and then stick them together like this but this is just because I've had to print out a second set to show you guys I thought I would use this method so I once I have taped my pattern pieces together I'm then going to be taping them to the corresponding piece so that I end up with a full pattern piece that I can use as a template for cutting out so I'm going to do that for all of these okay so after all that sticky and you should end up with a part of pattern pieces they look something like this so we've got the side pocket we've got the side panel phone you've got the main panel got the vinyl handle connector as I mentioned if you're not using vinyl you should have two of these and one will be an interfacing a strip or a stabilizer strip and one will be the actual fabric that you will need to cut out you should have your bottom panel side panel and then main panel frame so I'm going to start cutting out all the different pieces that I need and I'm going to start with a foam so I'm going to need two of the main panel foam and two at the side panel foam so I'm going to get those cut out first if you're taking a classroom you in person you won't have your foam yet this will be the first thing that you do when you get to the class so don't worry about this step but I did want to include it in the sew along so that for when you make your future bags because believe me you will make more than one of these you have this reference so I have traced out my pattern pieces which are over there and I'm now going to cut these out because I've traced around the pattern pieces you want to cut it so that you can't see the blue anymore because then you're making an accurate cut on the actual pattern piece and not adding like a millimeter or an eighth of an inch to the size I'm going to get these cut out and set aside I've traced out all of my pattern pieces onto the back of my vinyl and again because I'm tracing around the pattern pieces you want to remember when you're cutting these out that you don't want to be seeing you want to be cutting on top of the line that you drew that way you're making an accurate representation of the pattern piece these are all the straps down here but don't worry I'm going to go into these in more detail and you do have all of the extra cutting guides in your pan over there which it's not over there for you but over there for me I'm going to get all these cut out then we can move on to fabric ok so I've got all my pieces cut out and I'd like to go over them with you I will say again if you're coming to take a class from me and this is the first video you're watching don't worry you won't have your interfacing or foam yet you will however have to have all the exterior contrast and lining pieces prepared for when you come to class so this is what you should have first up we've got the main panel so you want to exterior one two you want to lining one two and then you want for interfacing so I have four interfacing to lining and two exterior of the main panel from foam you're going to need two of the main panel foam pieces and two of the side panels foam pieces these are different size pattern pieces to the side panel and the main panel so just make sure that you're using the correct piece when you're cutting out your phone next we have the side pocket want to in the contrasting mine is the phone leather you want to in lining which I have here it says cupful woven interfacing – if you're using vinyl so I'm not going to be interfacing my vinyl it is quite thin I could get away with it but I don't think it needs it but if you are using a denim or a deck or weight you should end up with four pieces of interfacing here so I have two exterior two interfacing and two lining for the side pocket the bottom panel I've got one of my contrasts my faux leather got one lining and I've actually cut two woven interfacing for this one even though this is vinyl I want this to be as stiff and interfaced as possible so I have cut interfacing for it the handle connectors I have got two in vinyl now if you as I say if you're using denim or a deck or white or a quilting cotton you will have different shaped ones of these and you should have two of those and then two of the interfacing that goes along with it which is a separate pattern piece then we have the side panels so we have two contrasting two lining and for interfacing or only two interfacing if you're using vinyl so I have my two lining my two interfacing and my two vinyl these are Patten pieces going forward that you will just get measurements for from the pattern and when I have made mine I like to cross them off so the bottom support is 15 inches by six point two five inches or six and a quarter inches and you want to cut one of those out of Decker bill I'm actually going to cut two of these and sew these together because again I would like the base of my bag to be nice and sturdy next we have the handles according to the pattern you want to cut 26 inches by four inches but I like to do double sided straps so I have done mine slightly differently and we've got 26 inches by two inches and we want to cut two in the contrast so my contrast is the faux leather and then two out of the exterior fabric so you should end up with four pieces in total next we have the strap connector the pattern actually calls for you to cut one of these five inches by one and a half inches and then later on you cut it in half I prefer to have more to work with than the too little to work with I find really small pieces quite difficult so I've actually cut two of these five inches by 1.5 out of my contrast fabric so my final this is that last piece and this piece are additions to the pattern that I've made it's the shoulder strap and again we're doing a double-sided shoulder strap so it's 42 inches wide by two inches one of the contrast and one of the exterior and then finally we have the pocket panels so it's 11 inches by 9 inches and you want to cut two of your lining my lining fabric is actually fairly thick and stable so I'm not going to interface these but if you're using something lighter weight you might want to cut interfacing for those as well the addition that I've made is that I like to put a zipper facing on so this is one piece at 11 inches by 3 inches and that's an additional patent piece the patter the ones recommended in the written pattern so once you've got all of those cut out you're then going to need to go and interface everything that needs interfacing so if you have any questions at all please let me know in the comment section down below and I will do my best to answer them for you I hope you've enjoyed today's video if you have please give 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  1. I love the part videos, and specificly how u anounce what is covered in each, so when i get stuck in the pattern, i know which video to look at <3

  2. Awesome. I was looking forward to this video series coming up. I’ve recently bought quite a few different bag patterns and I am hoping this will help me with some of the processes on those ones too.

  3. Quick question… why don't you put the ENTIRE sew along tutorial in one video? A little frustrating (5, 6 part tutorial over as many days). IMHO. Not meant in any bad way. Just the way of most youtube tutorials. I know your internet is slow. The build up makes me, a follower, anxiously await it, then it takes a week to see it. I find it frustrating (happy to see, but frustrating). Hope you get my meaning, in the best way. Really wish you would change that. Xo

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