What is an FLB, you ask?
It’s Funny Looking Bag. Like the one on the left in the picture above.
The one on the right turned out much better. I love those gray triangles inside.
On the FLB, I managed some almost perfect pink topstitching and some lovely covered zipper ends. I can’t remember whose gray cross hatch is on the inside – maybe Carolyn Friedlander’s?
But something happened when I boxed the corners. It was late. I was tired. I had my mind on a certain trip to Texas (QUILTCON!!!). And I thought, my friend needs a pouch with some space inside – I’ll box the heck out of these corners and there will be tons of room.
By the way, “box the heck out of” equaled 3 inches using the method where you pinch the bag to make the side seams meet, measure down from the tip, and sew a straight line perpendicular to the seam. (see this tutorial). Yes, I know 3 inches was a hefty amount, but I didn’t think it was ridiculous.
The problem was that the width of my pouch was about 9 inches. I effectively boxed 2/3 of the base of the pouch, and suddenly my base was perpendicular to my zipper.
It was leather. I’d already cut it. There was no going back.
I looked all over for some kind of rule of thumb when it comes to boxing corner pouches and couldn’t find any. When I made the second pouch (because who can gift a FLB?), I decided to make up my own rule:
Always be sure to box less than half the length of your pouch, no matter how badly you want a big, boxy base.
My second pouch was 10 inches wide, and I measured down 1.5″ on each side when I boxed those corners.
If boxing corners sounds like something that involves men in shorts throwing punches, check out this tutorial (same link as above). Noodlehead also has lovely pictures with her description of boxing corners in her Open Wide Zipper pouch tutorial.
Even if it’s funny-looking, it’s a finish. Linking to Amanda Jean at crazy mom quilts.