Sew a long 'The Anna' (English) by Anne Verberckmoes

Sew a long 'The Anna' (English)

Make a messenger bag featuring interesting techniques

What are we making?

I designed this bag especially with my needs on the list. I needed a bag that was easy to carry when I ride my bike.
A simple handbag would not do. Something cross body was the way to go.
I always carry with me my ipad and very often some headphones. So the bag needed to be large enough to carry all that.
And it needed to have lots and lots of pockets.

Module 1: Prepping

The first module includes a quick introduction to me, Anne, and an overview of materials. I'll show you some basic good practices with cutting labels, taping the pattern pieces en reducing cutting time.
At the end of the first module, all your pattern pieces are cut, fused and you are ready to start.

Module 2: Interior Front

We make the interior panel with wallet panel on top of the padded pocket.

Module 3: Interior Back

We make the interior panel with zippered pocket and slippocket. No need to fear for the slip pocket. This is done in a different way.

Module 4: Exterior Front

We make the exterior panel with zippered slip pocket

Module 5: The Gusset

The gusset is the backbone of this bag. No droopy lining, no drop in lining.
This bag is constructed in a nifty way.

Module 6: Let's assemble the bag

All our pieces are prepared. We can now actually 'make' our bag.

Module 7: False bottom

This bag get some extra support with a false bottom.

Module 8: The strap

We make this strap in a special way.
No raw edges.
No thickness at the triglide.
No carefully butting fabric.

Materials Needed

Fabric
  • 1 yard exterior fabric (cotton, thinner upholstery, microsuede). Do not use cork or pleather for your first bag.
  • 3/4 yard lining (lining A) (quilting weigh cotton)
  • 1/2 yard contrast fabric (lining B). 
    When using your exterior fabric as contrast fabric, you only need 1¼" yard exterior fabric.


Interfacing en stabilizer
  • 1 yard/meter Sew Lazy stiff stuff™
  • ¼ yard/25cm headliner foam
  • ¼ yard/25cm Pellon Craft-Fuse #808 or #809 (substitute with Vilene Decovil I Light or Vilene H250)
  • 1 yard/meter Medium Woven Interfacing: Wovenfuse (gotinterfacing.com) or Vilene G700 (both 44” wide)
    When using Pellon SF101, you need double the amount of interfacing, since this is only 22”/56cm

Hardware
  • 5 kam snap (or other snap) -> use a heavy duty snap if you prefer that.
  • rivets to attach the shoulder strap and set the front pocket  Size of the rivets depends on the fabric you'll use. I used rivets with a 8mm pole.
  • 2 triangle rings (1” - 25mm) adjust the fabric to your hardware (they do not need to be the same as the lobster clasps.
  • 1 adjustable strap slider (1,25” or 1,5” - 32mm or 38mm)
  • 2 lobster clasps (same width as your strap slider) adjust the fabric to your hardware
  • 1 piece of false bottom stabilizer (like cutting mat, currogated plastic, plastic mesh,...)

Notions
  • #4,5 or #5 handbag zipper 23” (58cm)
  • #4,5 or #5 handbag zipper 15” (38cm)
  • #3 zipper 12” (30cm)
  • #3 zipper 6” (15cm)
  • Stapler (with lots of staples)
  • KAM set press

Bagmaking basics
  • Size 14 or 16 machine needles
  • Rotary cutter and mat (highly recommended)
  • See-through quilting ruler (highly recommended)
  • Clips and pins

Frequently asked Questions

Q:
Can I sell bags made with the pattern of this bag?
Absolutely! Sell away to your heart's content! You used my pattern, but it's you who made the bag! 
You do not even have to mention my name. It's your bag after all.

The only thing you may NOT do is share or distribute the pattern instructions or pattern pieces. You also can't share the videos themselves or your access to them. 

You and I, we sew together

At Serial Bagmakers we give you the best tutorials possible to create bags.

FAQ

Is there a written pattern description available?

Yes there is. When you buy this course, you also get the actual pattern: 
  • 1 pdf with the instructions
  • 1 pdf with the actual pattern pieces.

What materials do I need to make this bag?

Fabric
  • 1 yard exterior fabric (cotton, thinner upholstery, microsuede). Do not use cork or pleather for your first bag.
  • 3/4 yard lining (lining A) (quilting weigh cotton)
  • 1/2 yard contrast fabric (lining B). 
    When using your exterior fabric as contrast fabric, you only need 1¼" yard exterior fabric.


Interfacing en stabilizer
  • 1 yard/meter Sew Lazy stiff stuff™
  • ¼ yard/25cm headliner foam
  • ¼ yard/25cm Pellon Craft-Fuse #808 or #809 (substitute with Vilene Decovil I Light or Vilene H250)
  • 1 yard/meter Medium Woven Interfacing: Wovenfuse (gotinterfacing.com) or Vilene G700 (both 44” wide)
    When using Pellon SF101, you need double the amount of interfacing, since this is only 22”/56cm

Hardware
  • 5 kam snap (or other snap) -> use a heavy duty snap if you prefer that.
  • rivets to attach the shoulder strap and set the front pocket  Size of the rivets depends on the fabric you'll use. I used rivets with a 8mm pole.
  • 2 triangle rings (1” - 25mm) adjust the fabric to your hardware (they do not need to be the same as the lobster clasps.
  • 1 adjustable strap slider (1,25” or 1,5” - 32mm or 38mm)
  • 2 lobster clasps (same width as your strap slider) adjust the fabric to your hardware
  • 1 piece of false bottom stabilizer (like cutting mat, currogated plastic, plastic mesh,...)

Notions
  • #4,5 or #5 handbag zipper 23” (58cm)
  • #4,5 or #5 handbag zipper 15” (38cm)
  • #3 zipper 12” (30cm)
  • #3 zipper 6” (15cm)
  • Stapler (with lots of staples)
  • KAM set press

Bagmaking basics
  • Size 14 or 16 machine needles
  • Rotary cutter and mat (highly recommended)
  • See-through quilting ruler (highly recommended)
  • Clips and pins

My pattern will not print!

You downloaded our pattern files (both files) but they just won’t print? Don't worry! Try the following steps to fix the problem:

  1. Download the files to your desktop computer or laptop, NOT your tablet or smart phone.
  2. Open the file using a PDF reader program such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader. These are free PDF reader programs that work. You can find a link to both programs below.
    Adobe Reader – https://get.adobe.com/reader/
    Foxit Reader – https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-reader/
  3. Select File – Print to print your pattern. 
    Print your pattern pieces at ‘Actual size’ or 100%, on A4 or letter-sized paper.
  4. If you encounter problems in Adobe Reader, try using Foxit Reader as using a different PDF reader will solve problems you encounter in 99% of the time.
  5. If you are still unable to print your pattern after trying both PDF reader programs mentioned above from your desktop computer or laptop please contact me

The files just do not open!

Sometimes computers just don’t do what they’re told. That is not your fault. BUt did you try asking your computer why? 
If you’re having issues with your actual pattern file (the document does not open, it looks bizar, it's missing pages,...) or the  printer dialogue box isn’t appearing when you press print, there are three steps you can take:
  • Make sure you are opening the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader or another reputable PDF reader.
  • Reboot your computer. More often than not it works.
  • Download the file again. The could have been gone corrupt while downloading.
If you are still having issues, contact me.

“Measuring gauge is too big/small”, “the pattern does not match up when joining pages” or “Printer cutting off edges of pattern”

You were able to open the file, but you realize that your pattern is not printing correctly. It's larger/smaller then you expect (since you measure the testing gauge or see that not everything is printed.
  1. Start by printing only one page with the test square on it. The last thing you want to do is print 20 pages only to realize they’re the wrong size. 
  2. Ensure the scaling is set to ‘100%’, ‘Actual Size’ or ‘No Scaling’. The term used may differ between software, but essentially you’re looking for the option that means you are printing the true size of the document and not fit to page or some other automatic resizing option. 
    Printing from an iphone or tablet will automatically print 'fit to page', nomatter how hard you try to set it to '100%'.
  3. If you’re still having issues and you followed the steps above of opening in a reputable PDF reader, reboot the computer, or download the file again.