I'll break the Sew-along up over 3 days:
- Day 1(that's today!)- Planning, cutting, and fusing
Day 2 - Straps, pockets and zipper
Day 3 - Assembling the bag
Day 1- Planning, Cutting, and Fusing
Extra: I like all my pockets to be fully lined, so I cut a second front pocket, and 2 extra interior pockets in a coordinating solid. This sew-along will have instructions to make the bag with these pocket linings.
Once you've decided which fabrics are going where, it's time to start cutting!
Tip: I find it faster to cut my interfacing first, then fuse it to my fabric and then cut out the fabric. I've also heard of others fusing large pieces of interfacing to fabric, and then they only need to trace and cut once - if you got your interfacing on sale, that might be a really good option.
I also clip my pattern piece to my cut out pieces as I go, so I don't lose track of what my pieces are. Sometimes I just write on the interfacing with a Frixion marker.
I cross the pieces off my list once I've cut them; it helps me keep track and makes me feel better about the least favourite part of bag making (cutting and fusing).