Piglottie wanted to see the reinforcement that I used in the bag. I bought these to do Prudence Mapstone bags, but I can get more. I really want this bag to be servicable. The felted yarn and bobbles are very stiff compared to other bags I've felted but I still wanted this bag to be perfect.
Here you can see the hand sewing needed to create the bag shape before machine sewing. BTW I deliberately used a strong colour for demonstration purposes. I also cut the oval base to avoid puckering while sewing with the machine.
It is a strong stiff cotton fabric which as you can see will stand up while sewn.
I have shown the lining inside showing the pocket machine sewn in place.
The lining pinned in place. I will have to hand sew this due to the bulk.