I'm a newbie who has enjoyed learning about this forum. I'm writing to share a few recent bag projects that I've made thanks to my sister who (after I sent her a picture of a funky
Alexander Henry print from eBay) sent me three yards in the mail! I was *so* surprised and happy. She initially wanted a pair of pants, but I didn't want to go there, so I persuaded (purse-swayed) her to think about bags. Here they are.
I started with a pattern she gave me from Amy Butler's Midwest (Madison) designs (i think it's called the downtown purse: the patten has three bags in it). I made the first one with a type of stretch denim, lined with linen. But, it lacked body, so I changed gears and used Timtex to make it stiffer
But this was a bit too stiff and a pain to turn the lining. So I tried it with just two pieces of fabric and Wonder-Under. This was better but not quite what I'd hoped for...
Finally, I returned to the Timtex, but trimmed the seam allowances to make for easier turning. This worked better and now has a nice stiff feel to it. Actually, I think i used Peltex (a Pellon version of Timtex found at WalMart and JoAnns) it is thinner than Timtex.
Hopefully, it will be durable....the last time I made my sisters bags, i beaded the handles (by hand) only to replace them a few months later. No fun. Here's another bag made from a Vogue pattern from the previous fabric.
I had a lot of fun with this. All told I made eight purses. Two for myself, one for one sister, and five for the othe. I don't have pictures of the other bag which is like a messenger bag with two pockets in the strap and a central zipper. That's a cool one too.
Thanks for letting me share my pictures and story with you. I look forward to participating in this forum.