I have made two bags so far using this method of one piece sewing, even though it's a fun and easy project, I am not quite happy with the outcome. Let me explain why. It's all about the right interfacing and that's where I have gone wrong. For the pink bag I used iron-on Vilene H630 interfacing. It holds its shape without any problems but it has kind of a puffy look and it's quite soft. When you are tying the ribbons, the bag feels a bit flimsy. But I do like the combination of this fabric and the pink ribbon.
For the second one I used medium weight iron-on interfacing of a very low price and not of a very great quality I should say, that's the only one I had at home. It works quite well with this cotton, it holds its shape nicely and has a firm feel to it but you can easily see all the creases, and it looks rather like a piece of cardboard than fabric (not very noticeable in the photos though).
So... I thought and remembered about reading about a particular product called Vilene Decovil I Light. According to reviews, it is one of the best products for bag making. It's supposed to feel like leather and give a nice shape to the finished items. So I ordered some and it already arrived. I have tested it on a small piece of fabric and it's FANTASTIC.
After making these two bags, I have adjusted the cardboard template a bit and found an easy way of sewing it together. All you need is just two pieces of fabric, some interfacing and pretty ribbons. I am going to give this project one more go with Decovil iron-on interfacing, but that is for a future post. Happy sewing and trying everybody! Larisa xox
Update: if you would like to make this tiny bag, you can find tutorial here.