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Mysteries of the Pyramids -- The New Hot Patterns Free Download!

May 28, 2012

Brace for gushing. Because the second I finished my first run of the new Hot Patterns Pyramid Wristlet, I texted a photo of it to my best friend with the caption "HOW CUTE IS THIS PATTERN?!?!?"

(Her reply: "Super cute!!!!")

First off, where has this pattern been all my life? No use crying over the absence of a thing. I'll just celebrate it now that I've got it. My advice is download it now! Right now!

Here's the rundown on my test drive:

For the first sample, I used a small cut of dupioni from the stash. For interfacing, I used a plain heavy canvas, also from the stash. I lined it with the same dupioni I used for the outside.

The pattern instructions mention the teeny tiny seam allowance you will need to use to create the zipper opening. It is not fibbing! That said, it's clearly marked and is no problem if you take your time. Here's what mine looks like flipped and ironed after I stitched and slashed it to make way for the zipper:

1-pyramid-wristlet.jpgNow, here's my trick for a little reinforcement at the base of the pyramid, which forms the bottom of the bag. I use craft foam. Yep. Regular old craft foam.

I actually stitch my craft foam into the bag structure. First, I fold my pattern along the lines that mark out the square at the bottom of the bag. Then, I use the folded pattern as a guide, and I mark that line with pieces of masking tape, working my way around all four sides of the square base.

3-pyramid-wristlet.jpgHere's my square, roughly marked out with tape:

4-pyramid-wristlet.jpgOnce my marks are in place, I slide the craft foam between the interfaced outer layer and the lining layer, making sure it sits within the boundaries of my tape marks. Then I run a straight stitch around my square, creating a permanent enclosure for my craft foam base reinforcement. I remove my tape as I go.

5-pyramid-wristlet.jpgAfter that, the bag finishes according to the pattern directions -- stitching up each of the four sides, and setting in the strap as you stitch across the top of the pyramid. The softness of the craft foam allows for easy turning, and before you know it, a bag is born!

6-pyramid-wristlet.jpgI made a second version out of a damask cotton print, using the exact same technique for the base. Worked like a charm on the second go, too, so it wasn't just a fluke on the first one!

The size of the bag is fab -- the wide base easily accommodates an iPhone or similar-sized mobile device, and there's still plenty of room for a wallet and any must-have cosmetics. In fact, this pattern could easily be used for cosmetic bags instead of purses.

The quick nature of this bag means that you can whip it up in an afternoon for a party that night, and you're practically guaranteed you'll have the best bag in the room!

Hop over here for the download, and have a blast playing! I see a version in a sand colored silk with hieroglyph embellishments in my future ...

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I recently purchased an Ivana Trump leather bag in a shape like this - rather expensive and very decadent. One thing that that someone making this bag can do to upscale the bag is to use chains for the handle, especially if they are using a faux leather type of base. Just a suggestion.

I'm not sure I understand part of the construction. Are there raw edges on the inside of the bag? I don't see how they could be inside the layers of fabric, but I'm afraid I might be looking at it the wrong way.

There are raw edges on the inside of the bag! I either bind them or finish them with an overlock stitch.

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