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Date: 3/23/13 4:02 PM

Anyone who has made up the Birdie Sling care to offer advice before I dive in and make my first one?

Number one, I have read the instructions over and over and I am obviously missing the part where she says how, when and where to apply the fleece. Do you apply it to the lining after you apply the interfacing, which is the most obvious choice? If to the lining, before or after applying pockets? Or do you apply it to the main fabric after the pleats have been sewn, which would make the main panel (one hopes) the same size and shape as the lining piece? Do you trim away the seam allowances of the fleece or do you catch it in the seams?

Some reviewers left the fleece out altogether, would anyone care to comment on the reasons for and against the use of the fleece? I bought it but am tempted to leave it out of this bag as it's so big and bulky already I think the fleece might be too much.

Also, I have some nice medium weight non-woven fusible interfacing on hand. Any reason for not using that and doubling it if I want more heft/structure? As noted by at least one reviewer, that woven interfacing is mighty spendy in comparison to non-wovens, especially considering I already own the non-woven and can't use it for garments as it's way to stiff.

First thing I am going to do is make full-size pattern pieces for everything as I plan to make more than one of these cute bags, and I totally agree with the reviewer who says you should automatically get those in a pattern costing that much.

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Date: 3/24/13 1:01 AM

First of all, Amy Butler totally nutty about interfacing and lots of people omit a lot of what she calls for, so donít feel like you have to do what she says. You can spend a fortune in interfacing alone for her projects! What I did (and I think I did follow the directions here) is put Pellon SF101 (woven fusible) on the exterior fabric and fusible fleece on the inside lining pieces. I fused the fleece on the pattern pieces then added my pockets. The pattern doesnít call for any zippered pockets, but if you wanted to put one in yourself, you would still do the fusible fleece first and then make your little zipper window for the pocket.

I like the fleece because it gives the bag some heft, but itís not a totally structured heft Ė itís sort of fluffy as youíd expect with fleece. It makes the bag look well-made but not overly structured like a briefcase or piece of luggage (which is a possible effect with something like peltex). This all really depends on your fabric, though. If I was using something like upholstery fabric, I might leave out the fleece because the body of the fabric is going to overpower anything the fleece might add and will just make your seams too bulky.

As for the seams, I leave the fleece in the seam allowances because I donít trust any fusible interfacings to not come unstuck and wreak havoc in my bag. I like to make sure itís firmly attached at the seam as well.

Iím not sure about the interfacing you have Ė is the non-woven fusible that looks kind of tissue-like? Iím not sure how doubling it up would work. You could always try it on a fabric scrap of whatever youíre using for the bag and see if you like the heft of it. If you do, I donít see why couldnít use it.

Have fun making your bag! I love my Birdie Sling and Iíve used it to death over the past 2 years. Iím just this weekend working on a replacement because itís finally become too raggedy to use as a nice bag.

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Date: 3/24/13 6:33 PM

Thanks for all the great advice! I'll do some testing of interfacings and see what I like for this project. I'm using quilting cottons so they will need some support, but I don't want the bags to be so bulky they are difficult to stow when not in use. You are right that the best thing to do is test, test, test.

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