Today, we’re back to working on the satchel (v.3) of the Cooper bag.
If you’re working on the messenger or backpack, we’ll return to those versions on Monday, as we put the flap and body together.
Special note: Rachel is moving on from the CP blog, and this marks her final post for us. Thanks to Rachel for all of her contributions in the last months. – Sarai
Today, we’re going to cover installing jiffy rivets on your Cooper bag.
We will be using a Cooper satchel in our example, but this same method is used whenever you’re installing jiffy rivets.
Step 1: Transfer rivet markings to right side of fabric.
Step 2: With the right side of the flap (C) facing you, use an awl to pierce both markings on each of the flap straps (K). You will need to pierce through every layer of fabric.
Step 3: Push the male side of the rivet through the hole you created.
Step 4: Turn the flap over so the wrong side is facing up, and place the female side of the rivet over the male side.
Step 5: To join securely, gently tap the female side with a mallet. Be sure to tap GENTLY, so you don’t crush or bend the rivet. If it seems like it’s not in all the way, just continue repeatedly tapping.
Step 6: Repeat for remaining rivets.
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Happy thanksgiving for those in the US! I’m celebrating at home with my family today, but I just wanted to share a few of the beautiful projects in our Flickr group this month. I may have to start posting some more favorites elsewhere, there are so many great ones. Maybe our Facebook page?
1. A fun Negroni in Charly Harper Fabric by Andrea of Birch Fabrics
2. A gorgeously embroidered Ginger waistband by Camille of Cafekam
3. A gorgeous red Zinnia by Caroline of Sew Caroline
4. Fall Macaron by Alessa of Farbenfreude
5. Forest green zinnia by Anne of Mora Mora
Today is for those of you working on the backpack version of Cooper.
If you’re doing the messenger or satchel, hang tight. We’ll return to those on Friday, giving you the weekend to sew. If you’re working on the messenger, you might also want to check out today’s tutorial on assembling adjustable straps. We’ll be doing that on the messenger next week, but feel free to review the tutorial ahead of time.
But back to the backpackers. Today, we’re going to work on putting the straps together and attaching them to the backpack.