day 8

Let us finish off our gorgeous bags!!!!!!! And do NOT forget to get your pictures in so you can enter the sewalong giveaway! Details to follow at thew end of this post.

Today we are going to work on the strap as that is the last piece of our bag.

You are going to put the strap pieces right sides together at a 45 degree angle. and then sew corner to corner (the dark dashed line). The light dashed line shows how I make sure my angle is 45 degrees. square it up so you have a perfect square and sew corner to corner.

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trim off the excess triangle to a nice and tidy 1/8″ seam allowance.

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Now you know this step well from us doing this often in the sewalong. fold the strap in half and then fold the edges in. Top stitch along both sides of the strap
Now put a swivel clip on one end, fold strap end under and sew a box with a “x” in the middle
and then slide the buckle over the open end of the strap and get ready to loop it up!

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So, for looping … loosen the buckle so you have some room to work (AFTER sliding on the other swivel clip) and bring the raw edge of the strap through one side of the buckle

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Then push the raw edge through the other side of the buckle underside.

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Fold under and sew a box with an “x” in the center to secure it. Now you can adjust the length of the strap!

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Attach swivel clips to the D rings and your lovely Seneca Creek bag is finished!!! (By the way, if threading the strap hardware is a little hard to wrap your head around, you can watch my how-to video!)

If you participated in the sew-along, good for you!

To celebrate your new bags, two Sew-along participants will be chosen at random to win 3 Betz White Patterns of their choice! To participate, photograph your finished bag and add it to the Facebook group or post it on Instagram with the hashtag #senecacreeksewalong You can also email your photos to me at [email protected]

To be eligible for the prizes, be sure to add/send your photos by Monday, March 7th. Please only add photos you don’t mind being shared on the blog March 9th.

The Seneca Creek Sew-Along