My quest for structured bags continues! This week I made Sara Larson’s Crimson and Clover Train Cases. This cute pattern comes in 3 sizes. I made a medium and a small bag, omitting the interior pockets.
I’ve tried making structured bags before. The one on the left was made from a pattern I made up a couple years ago using Pellon Peltex Single-Sided Fusible stabilizer (71F). This stuff really makes for crisp sides, but it is a bear to turn and I’ve pretty much given up using it for anything with challenging edges to sew.
The Train Cases pattern calls for By Annie’s Soft and Stable. The last time I used this product, I quilted it which was time consuming. This pattern calls for using the stabilizer as a sew-in. I really like this new stabilizer and I think it works well for adding more body to bags. And it’s much easier to work with than Peltex.
Sara Larson’s instructions are excellent! They are succinct and well illustrated. I skipped the interior pockets, used some of the foam stabilizer in the handle, and added a little “tail” to the small bag. It’s nice to have something to grab when you’re pulling on the zipper. A little hand basting also helped when sewing the tops and bottoms to the main bag body. I can definitely see making this bag again with an oil cloth interior and perhaps some machine embroidery on the exterior. I highly recommend this pattern if you’re looking for a soft Train Case to make and I look forward to using foam stabilizers more frequently in my bag projects!