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11  Re: Need help finding pattern/tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by djbcrafty on: October 15, 2007 12:29:19 AM
here's my bag and a tutorial (kind of) to go with...hope it inspires!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202013.0

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12  purse/bag/tote (you decide what it is) and tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by djbcrafty on: October 15, 2007 12:27:39 AM
So I read the post:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200956.0  And thought..hmmm...I could do that bag.

Here's how:

Figured out my pattern and put a paper bag together with blue painters tape (my fave!)



Next, here are the pieces (took the paper bag apart, ignore pregnant belling which snuck into picture):



Then I just put it all together: TaDa!




OK, I know lousy tutorial...the truth is I kind of struggled through this.  I used fabric which is more my mom and MIL's style so I wasn't all that motivated to get it done.  So I wasn't exactly thinking while sewing and ended up taking it apart a few times.   

My tips are:  get the pockets down first, remember to attach the straps to the bottom when sewing the bottom on and figure out early what the inside is going to look like.

Inside:


I still have to tack the lining on the bottom and the sides, and I still have to trim all the extra thread and figure out if I'll use a button or a snap on the closure....

I think the next version is going to have a center divider, and a zippered top.

Hope this gives ya all some inspiration!

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13  Dora the babysitting tote! (or the neverending story of my life...) in CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES by djbcrafty on: October 04, 2007 10:25:33 PM
I thought I was done with Dora.  That I was moving on to more mature programming (like programming aimed at 5 to 7 yr olds is mature-HA!).  Then my 18 month old and her soon to be born sister (kicking her approval inside me) latched on to this board game at Value Village.  I guess there is something to be said about the characters appeal to kiddies young and old!

So instead of doing the Twister rain coat I had planned for my first challenge (a project for another day!) I ended up with the Dora toteSet the tote next to toddler and happily occupied toddler will spend 15 minutes telling you all about the pictures, then another 10 spinning spinner and looking at goodie bag goodies!

Here's the game I started with:



Next, I peeled the game off of its cardboard backing, dipped into my stash of fabric for some lime green denim and some black bias tape and started sewing away!



To make the strap, I used my handy dandy packing tape, taped the cards together and bound the edges to give it a bit more strength.



Now what to do with the 3 character holders?  Since I was missing 1, I decided to use them as standoffs for the bottom of the bag.  I drilled a hole through each one and put them in a line in the middle of the bottom of the bag.  Boy, was I surprised that they worked!  They do keep the bag off the ground.



I went back to the black cardboard game backing, cut out an insert for the inside of the bag, to help shape that bottom a bit (worked like a charm and looks good too!)



Then I had these leftover pieces from the spinner I made a pouch, from the left over cards a little key ring book, and the characters I just put inside loosely.  My toddler spent quite some time pulling Dora out and putting her back in!




And at the end, I added a Backpack button:  all done! TADA!



This was a fun challenge, and a fun bag to make!  I also found a Disney trivia game (with pieces missing) and am thinking it would be interesting to make a diaper bag out of it!
I'll let you all know what happens!  (next, I'm still looking for Twister for that raincoat!)
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