BMB Challenge: Peek-A-Boo Pleats

Peak-A-Boo Pleats

I made some progress on my Bag Making Bible (BMB) Challenge. Here’s my version of the Peek-A-Boo Pleats bag. It’s the third variation on a simple shoulder bag in Lisa Lam’s Bag Making Bible. I made this one from corduroy and some quilting cotton and am excited to start using it.

Overall, this was another well written pattern with results as advertised. By which I mean, I followed the instructions and got a bag that looked very much like the bag in the picture, so that’s good. It was nice to go into a bit more detail with the pleats, stitching them together instead of just pressing them. This gives the bag a more polished look. The pleat looks intentional instead of accidental, which is nice. The way she secures the top of the pleat with some snuggly close zig-zag stitching looks great and works well. The only fussy part about sewing it up is that the pleats make for a lot of layers to sew through and you have to be a bit careful. Having learned my use-a-new-needle lesson last time, it was much smoother sailing this time around.

Peek-A-Boo Pleats Bag

Peak-A-Boo Pleats

The only change I made to the pattern was the placement of the handles. You can see the before and after pictures above. Following her instructions left the top of the bag flapping open a bit. The bag in the picture looks pretty much the same. I’d rather not have the gap, so I moved the handles in closer to the edges of the pleat and that took care of the gap. The disadvantage now is that the outer edges of the bag opening have less support. I wonder if some twill tape or a bit of heavier ribbon sewn in under the hem would give it reinforcement. It’s something to think about for next time.

The other change I would consider for next time would be to extend the top of the bag by about a quarter inch (.5 cm) around the top and to hem and sew this before folding it down for the top of the bag. As is, there is a raw edge inside the bag. A hemmed top, even one that isn’t attached to the bag sides, would give a more finished look.

I forgot to put my label in when sewing up the sides and ended up sewing it in when I attached the handles instead. This ended up being a happy accident because I like it! The little apple looks nice against the solid background and the loop could work for hanging my keys on. I like the fact that the label could serve two functions: showing the earth apple logo and key loop. It’s a little closer to form following function, which is a winner in my book every time.

The next bag in my BMB Challenge is going to be the Reversible Bucket Bag (a flickr search shows many many bags!). Lisa writes that this bag is about fabric selection, so I’m off to spend some quality time choosing fabrics for my bag! Are you interested in making one, too? Here a link to an old Sew, Mama, Sew post that links to a free PDF pattern!

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