This bag from Kwik Sew 3749 is one of my favorite patterns. The directions are easy to follow and the bag is roomy. I also like the handle placement.
|This is KWIK SEW 3748|
Gussets can be tricky because they have to line up correctly...which isn't easy when you are going around curves. There is a tendency to pull and stretch the fabric; do this and you'll end up with some extra fabric and no where to go.
So here's how I recommend sewing a gusset to the big bag. The technique works because any extra fabric is worked into the curves and doesn't end up at the top of the bag.
A. Place one of the outside pieces right side up and place the gusset piece on top - RST.
Line up the bottom seam (gusset) with the middle bottom of the bag.
Remove from your machine.
B. Flip bag over and line up top of bag with top of gusset. Sew from top to notch (you'll be sewing into the area you just sewed.
C. Take the bag out and starting at the bottom seam, sew until you reach the notch.
Stop, back stitch, and remove from your machine.
D. Flip the bag back over so the gusset is on top.
For the last step, go back to the top and line up the corner of the bag and the gusset. Sew from the top to the notch, back stitch, and remove.