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Huginn (meaning thought) and Muninn (meaning memory) are the mythical crow companions of the Norse god Odin. They would fly around the world each day and at night return to Odinâ€™s shoulders to tell him what they saw.
This design features the birds and a NASA Earth Observatory image. This image â€œEarthâ€™s City Lightsâ€ was created from data used to map the locations of permanent lights on the earthâ€™s surface.
Captured in 2010, the image inside the birdâ€™s bodies illustrates urbanization as light pollution in the night sky.
How to make the bag:
1) Assemble the front and back
Cut out the bag patterns as well as a liner fabric of your choice for each piece.
On each bag handle (the two lining handles and the two exterior handles), measure 2" down from the top raw edge and make a mark along each side of each handle.Â
Place one lining piece and one exterior piece right sides together, matching all the raw edges. Pin in place along the outer edge of each handle, starting at the small lower curve and ending at that 2" mark. Pin in place along the inner "U" curve, starting and stopping at the 2" marks.
Using a Â¼" seam allowance, stitch each seam, remembering to stop and lock your stitch at the four 2" marks. Press the seams open.
Turn right side out and press flat, pressing in the top raw edges so they are flush with sewn seams.Â Repeat with the remaining exterior/lining set.
2) Sew the handles together
Place the front and back panels lining sides together, aligning the handles and the top curves.
On one side, pull back the exterior handle layers from the lining handle layers. Pin together just the lining layers along the top raw edge.
Using a Â¼" seam allowance, start your seam at the "inside" end of the pinned lining layers (the end closet to the middle "U" seam). Stitch across the lining, holding the exterior layers out of the way.Â
As you reach about the middle of this seam, start pulling the exterior layers around, twisting them so they are right sides together and so you can continue your seam from the lining layers and onto the exterior layers. (You may need to stop, with your needle in the down position, and rearrange the fabric to keep everything flat and to match up the raw edges of the exterior layers.)
Continue the Â¼" seam across the exterior layers, ending at the folded edges of the exterior layers.Â
Turn the sewn handle right side out and press flat. Pin the opening in place, and slip stitch the opening closed.
3) Side seams, side gussets and bottom French Seam
Open up the bag and place the front and back right sides together. The sewn handles will be sandwiched in between these layers.Â
Pin both sides, matching the middle seams.
Using a Â¼" seam allowance, stitch both side seams. Press seams open.
Turn the bag right side out.
Fold one handle in half toward the center of the bag, lining sides together and matching the top seams.
From the top seam, measure 1Â½" to the left and 1Â½" to the right. Mark each of these points.
Using Â¼" seam allowance, sew a short seam between these two points.Â This secures the handle fold and creates the side gusset.
Repeat to fold and stitch the remaining handle.
Machine baste or serge the lining and exterior layers together all around the bottom. This will prevent the layers from slipping during the final French seam.Â
Fold in the bottom of the bag along each side to align with the handle folds. Pin in place across the bottom (you are still working with the bag right side out)
Make a French seam along the bottom. To do this, sew across the bottom (wrong sides together, right side out)
Turn the bag inside out. Make sure the side gussets are still properly folded and the bag is flat. Pin in place again across the bottom.
Stitch across the bottom again, this time with a â…œ" seam, encasing your first seam in this second seam.Â
Turn right side out again and press flat.
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