These are the first two bags I've ever made, not to mention the first time I've posted something I've made on Craftster. I had 4 1/2 weeks of sewing my freshman year of high school (about 7 years ago). Since then I've had several failed attempts at sewing (transforming some jeans into skirts) -- I started the projects, got frustrated, and drafted my husband to complete them. Since joining Craftster in December, I've seen tons (and tons and tons ) of things that I really liked (and wanted to own) and that motivated me to try my hand at sewing again. Looking back, these projects were WAY too ambitious for me, but I got through them with only verbal help from my husband.
The first bag - my new library bag
Following the tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91070.0
I also used the tutorial here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0 to help me figure out how to do the square bottom
I had to flip the bag inside-out so many times that it wrinkled the outer fabric and interfacing. The bag doesn't looking nearly as wonky in person. You can see the outside pocket here. ( I only did two pockets - one inside, one outside -- and I got them too low. If I have many books in the bag, the outside pocket isn't very usable.)
My camera started acting up after I took these pictures so I couldn't get any pictures of the reversible side. I don't plan on reversing the bag because I messed up when I tried to sew the gap in the middle closed.
The second bag - my new purse
Following the tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178244.0
I hate how the bag sags in the middle. I should have either used sturdier fabric or interfaced the bag more. (I only interfaced the bottom.)
A picture of one of the side pockets.
I wish I could have gotten a picture of the top of the bag before my camera started acting up. I had to wing it when I got to doing the top of the bag. First, when I completed step 9 (sewing the folded fabric along each side of the zipper), my zipper wasn't wide enough to span the entire top of the bag. I ended up repeating step nine and sewing the folded fabric along the edge of the fabric I'd already sewed along the zipper. When it came to completely sewing the top of the bag up, I couldn't figure out how I was going to turn the bag inside out to sew it up (and I hadn't read completely through the Pleatness bag thread). So, I just tucked the ends in between the outside and the liner and the hand-sewed it. After I'd finished hand-sewing one side, I took a break and starting reading through the rest of the thread where I saw that someone had explained how they'd done the zipper ends. I wish I'd read through the whole thread before I started because then I'd be a little happier with how the top of the bag turned out (my hand-sewing stinks).
As soon as I can figure out what is wrong with my camera, I will update with pictures of the inside of the reversible tote and the top of the pleated bag.