Just finished a new bag for my 16yr old. She was suppose to make it and I was going to help her. Well she cut it out and I did the rest. Go Figure! The sewing machine just doesn't like her. (So she says ) It is basically the same way I made the Chocolate & Cream bag I posted a couple of weeks ago except it is about 2 inches deeper and she wanted the handles longer and at the top of the bag, so she can sling it over her shoulder. The outside fabric is baby cord and the body of the lining is a black canvas.(for stability) I did have to use interfacing on the top band because of the cord fabric being so light weight. She picked out the fabrics and likes the idea that none of the other girls will have one like it.
I just read this and thought "Doink" (smacks self in the forehead) Why didn't I think of that!. Glad you did now I know what I'm going to make as soon as the Dr. gives me the go ahead to start sewing again! (maybe even sooner) Great job. I agree snaps or velcro would be quicker access. Still great though.
I basically used the Jordy tutorial here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 Except I made it an A-Shaped Jordy bag by angling the sides so the bottom would be wider than the top. Next I cut a strip off the top (depending on the size you want the top band to be + seam allowances). Using the pieces you just cut, cut 2 more of the top strip out of your outside fabric.(these 2 will now become the top piece of your lining) & 2 of the bottom out of your lining fabric. Made my handles and inserted them where you want them on the sides between the top strip you just cut off and the body of the bag and sewed the top strip & the body back together,iron the seam up toward the top band and topstitch. Doing the same thing with your lining pieces (minus the handles of course). Then finish the same as you would with the Jordy. I didn't use interfacing but if you do just cut it to size of your pettern pieces after they are stitched back together and top stitched. Hope this helps. I also would like to Thank everyone who has posted tutorials here for the inspiration I got to make this bag. And "Thank You" to everyone who has commented on my bag,and the wishes on my speedy recovery from my surgery. ( It will never be speedy enough )
Very pretty!!! If you don't mind me asking....what kind of interfacing did you use? I have a really cute purse pattern, but when I get to the interfacing section of Jo-anns I don't know where to begin! =D
It's ok to ask the people that work there. They should know. I do it all the time and I've been sewing for 45 years. Although sometimes the workers are too busy or unfriendly... At my store they are pretty nice.
I didn't use any interfacing. I try to use heavier weight wovens, or canvas like fabrics so i don't have to bother with it. This fabric is a drapery weight type fabric and the lining was a med weight fabric. In the photos the purse has my wallet cell phone and stuff in it, but it is still pretty sturdy. If your outside fabric is liht weight just use a heavy weight fabric for the lining or vice vesa. That is what I tend to do.
Adorable! I have that fabric from Big Lots in black/cream, lime/cream and red/cream. All sitting there in a pile...waiting....waiting...for the great procrastinator! How much fabric did your purse actually take? Oh, and 40's are the new 20's....LOL!
It only took about 1/2 yard of the outside fabric give or take alittle because of trying to match patterns. It measures 12"L x 6"H x 4"W.
Thank You Smittenheart Maybe I won't be so chicken to post again if I could just get to start sewing again. I just had surgery on my right shoulder and I can't use it yet at all so I'm doing everything one handed. It stinks all this time off of work and I can't even sew . Got 3 more weeks in a sling then who knows how much therapy. That's what you get for still trying to play softball in your 40's. So all I can do is look at all the pretty things people make on here and wish. Thanks again, it is very much appreciated.
Well I finally got up the nerve to post one of the purses I've made. I made this about a month ago. Usually I like a shoulder strap but had this idea floating around in my head and gave it a try. I'm kinda liking the smaller size, not as much room in there to stuff a bunch of junk so I can actually find my stuff when I need it. (Don't you hate that! You know it's in there you just can't ever find it!) Any whoo! I got the fabric at Big Lot's a 2 yrd piece for $5. I also got a lime green in the same pattern. It remains uncut as of yet. I tried to match the pattern so the font and back are the same and the top inside and out are the same with just a scrap of beige for the lining.
The fabric looks great and will make them last longer than the paper would've. Great Job. When my kids were still in diapers I use to reuse the plastic boxes that the wipes came in for craft stuff. They stacked nicely and the lids were hinged. I've also seen people cover laundry detergent boxes (the big ones with a handle) with paper or fabric those would be nice for bigger items.