Step 7: Sew Side Pockets
Match up the 1" and 2" spot as well as the 4" and 5" spot then sew along the bottom. My favorite part about this pattern so far is the next step. Put a straight pin in one end of your elastic and a safety pin in the other end. I have never heard of using a straight pin to keep the elastic from going all the way through a casing. Brilliant when you're working with a small piece of elastic!
Repeat for other side pocket.
Step 8: Attach side pocket
I didn't get a picture of this but pin and sew these gathered pockets onto the outer piece D. The pattern has great photos and instructions.
Step 9: Construct Exterior Bag Body
Again, the photos in the pattern are fabulous. You'll be pinning and sewing the bottom 9.5"x4" outer piece to the side panels with the gathered pockets.
Now you'll sew the front panel to the side/bottom panels you just sewed. Make sure you pin well and line up the top of your side and front first. Then pin the bottom middle and finally fill in the rest of the pins.
The pattern mentions that you may have puckers here but if you clip the corners of the side/bottom panel you should be able to avoid any puckers and the pieces will line up well. See the photo above. Make sure you don't clip too deep but feel free to make as many clips as you need.
Step 10: Make Interior Pocket Panel
Now sew the rest of the interior together as the pattern describes.
Yay! Done for today! Check back Monday when we finish the bag. How are you doing? Any questions??