Finished: HMM Chubby Charmer

As I said last week, I was well on my way to finishing the Chubby Charmer (pattern name) made from Half Moon Modern fabrics. I finished it last Sunday. It took me about 6 hours total, including pressing the Vinylfuse to the squares I was using for the bottom.

Half Moon Modern Chubby Charmer Finished
Half Moon Modern Chubby Charmer Finished

I did a couple of things differently this time.

I like bags with something on the bottom that can be cleaned without washing the whole bag. Some tote patterns use a “self-bottoming” technique to make the bottom of the bag, which is actually a really nice technique. You don’t have to insert anything. That technique does not lend itself to putting vinyl on the bottom of a bag since the bottom is made up from parts of the sides. If you don’t have a seam to create the bottom the VinylFuse will look bad and eventually peel.

The Chubby Charmer pattern uses this “self-bottoming” technique, but you can add VinylFuse to each square that will go on the bottom before sewing the charm squares together, thus enclosing the vinyl with seams.

You still have to be careful with the vinyl. You can’t rip out much as the holes stay in it. It is also messy and sticky. I used the paper backing as a pressing cloth. It worked ok most of the time, but I put the wrong side on one piece at one point and now have paper fused a bit to one of my squares. Fortunately, it is on the bottom. I could have ripped it out, but I decided to live with it.

Half Moon Modern Chubby Charmer Finished
Half Moon Modern Chubby Charmer Finished

I also made the handles twice the length of the handles in the pattern and on my other Chubby Charmers. This was an accident. You are supposed to cut and make one handle then cut it in half. I missed the one part and made two, thus this Chubby Charmer is more of shoulder bag, which is fine.

I also put Soft & Stable in the handles to make them really soft and comfortable to use. I also want to keep the handles from getting squished together permanently when I hold them.

The pattern calls for using Pellon Fusible Fleece. As I said with my first Chubby Charmer, the Fusible Fleece worked really well. This time, however, I wanted to make sure the bag stood up. I used Fusible Fleece on one side and Soft & Stable on the other size. Mission accomplished! The bag stands up. No floop!

I was a little disappointed with the Fusible Fleece, because it didn’t fuse very well. I know the fusibles can age, but it wasn’t old. I bought the product and then used it the same day. At least it wasn’t old from sitting around my house.

The other thing I did was use the walking foot to topstitch the top edge. I like more than a single line of topstitching and that area was so thick that I thought I would try the walking foot. It worked really well.

This is a great bag and it was a great use of the fabric. I already used it to go to the Midi Bag class (look for a post soon) and look forward to showing it off at the guilds soon.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

9 thoughts on “Finished: HMM Chubby Charmer”

    1. I heard about it from Pam who talked about it on one of her older podcasts. It comes in very small packages so you aren’t really making a big investment.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  1. Love this bag. I have made it several times but I never thought to use Soft and Stable on one side and fusible fleece on the other. This is a pretty floppy bag otherwise. I made one on the retreat years ago!

    1. I remember. You and M inspired me to make my first one. I used fusible fleece on both sides of the first one and it stands up pretty well. This one is very stiff.

      1. You’re inspiring me to make another! I don’t mind the floppiness because once it has stuff in it, it’s fine. The first one I made was for my massage therapist who was carrying dirty sheets around.

  2. I bet you’ll turn heads with this bag walking down the streets of SF 🙂 It’s so cute! Great tip about the soft and stable, I will try the other kind (the one I got from Amazon, can’t remember the name) to see how that works out. Do you recommend soft and stable for both sides, or would that be too much?

    1. I used Soft & Stable for one side and two layers of fusible fleece for the other side. I dont’ like floopy bags and I have a lot of Soft & Stable (generic would work, too). I don’t think 2 layers of Soft & Stable would be too much. It is fairly easy to sew through.

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