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Heavy Duty Sewing: Making Backpacks and Other Stuff Hardcover – May 10, 2018
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Sample Project: Fruit Bowl
Time: 1.5 Hours | Level 1.5
This fruit bowl is a variation on the flowerpot hanger, sewn as an open cylinder instead of a cuboid. You can hang it on the wall or place it on the table as a kind of fruit bowl bag. Naturally, you could also make small, cylindrical pot hangers if you like.
Measure Out The Pieces:
Find a suitable plate with a diameter of 18–24 cm. I found one that wasn’t a perfect circle, but somewhere between square and round, and thought that might work.
Measure the circumference of your plate and cut out a rectangular piece of material the same length as this, plus 2 cm. The width should be c.20–25 cm.
Draw around the plate onto the material and cut out a circular piece of material the exact same size as the plate.
Sew The Shell Together:
Sew the pieces together a few stitches at a time. This will allow you to turn the main body at small increments, following the curve of the bottom without causing creases. Don’t sew the first 5 cm of fabric, and continue until there is roughly 5 cm remaining at the other end.
Sew together the two ends of the main body at the right point to be able to complete the seam with the bottom.
Cut away any excess from the main body so that you are left with a 1 cm hem. Press a c.20 cm length of bias binding and sew it onto this hem.
Finish off the bottom seam. Fold the bias binding you sewed onto the seam of the main body to one side and sew over it.
Hem And Sew The Bias Binding Inside:
Fold down the top of the bowl to the height you want it, in a thick double hem, then sew around the bottom edge of this hem.
Cut out a c.62 cm length of bias binding and press it in the middle. Sew this binding around the bottom seam after you trim it to a reasonable height of 1 cm.
Cut out the leather strap and the smaller pieces of leather, and round off all of the corners.
Punch holes in the middle of each piece using a hole punch.
Hold the strap in place in the centre. It should be in such a position that it can be neatly folded down to one side, over the edge of the bowl. Next, use the hole punch to make holes in both the bowl and the strap. Rivet the small pieces of leather to the inside and the strap to the outside of the bowl. Only hammer the rivet in half way so that you can still turn the handle. This way, you can use the handle if you want to hang it up, or fold it down if you want your fruit bowl on the table.
A) Main body, outer material, 65 × 24 cm (× 1).
B) Bottom, outer material, 20 cm diameter (× 1).
C) Leather strap, 2 mm thickness, 35 cm × 15 mm (× 1).
D) Leather for reverse of rivets, 2 mm thickness, 15 × 15 mm (× 2).
- Densely-woven polyester/ cotton canvas outer material, c.30 × 100 cm
- Rivets, 6 mm (× 2)
- Pieces of leather, c.15 × 15 mm (× 2)
- Leather strap, 2 mm thickness, c.50 × 10 mm
About the Author
Anton Sandqvist founded the company Sandqvist in 2004, in partnership with his brother Daniel and friend Sebastien. Today Sandqvist operates in over 30 countries around the world. For many years he has sewn his own equipment for hiking, mountaineering and motorbiking, and has an enormous amount of knowledge and advice to pass on.
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This book does an excellent job of quickly bringing you up to speed on sewing machines and just what you need to know to sew these projects or your own projects. It is about sewing with heavy fabrics, how to select those fabrics and the techniques for sewing them into useful things.
Most of the example projects are exactly the kind of simple, useful, utility, sturdy bags of various types, sizes and shapes that I have always wanted make + a few other example projects that are great learning projects that you are happy to do because you end up with something nice and useful, like the heavy work apron or wood carrier.
There are excellent instructions and techniques for using a "vintage" domestic sewing machine, the kind that were all metal. The book is all done using a nice 1962 industrial machine, but the author really only focuses on very specific techniques to achieve the similar results using an older domestic machine. Great. really nicely done, answered a lot of questions I had about the best way to work with heavy materials, including leather.
I have not looked extensively, but in some looking at other books about sewing bags, they are not these kind of utility bags.
You will have to practice a bit on your own and might need to watch a youtube video or two if you have never used a sewing machine before. I had put thread to fabric as part of testing machines I was working on and had to test out stitches, zigzag and play with stitch width and length, but this book will also just sort of suggest what you should start at and go from there, as well as the common rules of thumb for those settings.
And I think the example projects look great as well.
Edited to Add: All the measurements are in centimeters as I believe the author is in Europe. No big deal, but surprised me when I saw it. I actually find it easier than fractions of an inch.
This book gives instructions for fairly simple items and looked to be a nice reference for someone just starting to make more heavy duty items. They use a heavy duty sewing machine. For me this wasn't helpful, I was looking for help using my home machine.