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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Great Grocery Totes on: August 16, 2008 08:59:12 PM
Yes, I'm glad we are finally trying to catch up with the rest of the world on the environmental front.  I think it might be more "encouraging" if stores actually charged people for the number of bags they used , though, instead of giving us a credit for bringing our own.  Can you imagine those people in Wal-Mart with 60 plastic bags in their carts? (don't hate me-- until a few months ago, I was one of those too.  Smiley)  If they had to pay for each one, they'd probably think more about bringing something else...  Oh well, we'll get there.   Smiley   

True, but some of us with REALLY young kids and bi-monthly pay days (which mean 2 shopping trips a month) can't afford to buy or make as MANY bags as it would take for the shopping trips. Muchless remember to bring them ALL into the store and use them. I use my plastic bags for other things and recycle them when possible, so completely taking away the option isn't such a great idea.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: preshrinking on: August 16, 2008 08:55:09 PM
I made one bag recently that was pretty straight forward, no tricky seams or anything... I had to send it to my mom the next day, so I didn't wash the fabrics then.

I made a quilt for DD recently (still not done yet) but I pre-washed all the fabric for that. Most of my fabric is already washed and ready for whatever project I'll be using it for, but some of my new stuff I'll probably go into using right away. lol Sometimes I just feel lazy or in a hurry to use it.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: scoop bottom on: August 16, 2008 08:51:53 PM
From what I could see in the picture, the seams are done the same way, just maybe a straight seam instead of a curved one? That's a CUTE bag BTW!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dirty Little Secrets on: August 16, 2008 08:42:25 PM
Yeah, there's an entire website - postsecret.com where people send in postcards to Frank with their secrets on them. He updates them every Sunday. It's quite addicting.

Now I'm curious to know which secret made it into the AAR video! LOL
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: inspiration from patterns... legal to sell? on: August 15, 2008 08:58:24 PM
This has been a hot topic in my life this week too... lol From what I've found and observed

1) there's not really a whole lot out there that hasn't already been created. My understanding is if you take inspiration from something, tweak it to suit your taste, then that's all you.
2) Some pattern designers will let you make items from their collection and sell them in limited quantities. I have a pattern book for aprons that it applies to.

I've had a hard time with the ethics and copyrights as I'm not a really creative person, but I'm thinking that as I start making more and getting ideas, I'll eventually get there. I'd say you're good to go. Smiley
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: amy butler weekender... on: August 15, 2008 08:35:11 PM
I feel like I can actually contribute something now! LOL ... I've lately become OBSESSED with Amy Butler and her patterns. I went to my local quilting shop and they have Amy's fabrics and designs right as you walk in the door.

A few things worth knowing...

The Weekender bag is MUCH MUCH MUCH bigger than any other weekender bag I've ever seen. It's HUGE. Like, you could use it as a carryon. I wouldn't carry it as a diaper bag BECAUSE it's so huge.

Second - from my online research, that one is a hard pattern to follow. It would take me a long time and lots of sewing projects before I felt confident in tackling it. I have a new basic Janome machine, and I just made AB's Birdie Sling last night and it had some hiccups trying to sew through some of the layers. From my understanding the Weekender pattern, it's even more complicated. I would probably want to use a Bernina or some other heavy duty machine to work on it.

Quite a few of AB's patterns are pricey - I paid 13$ for the Birdie Sling pattern. I will be making it again - it's going to take me a few times of making it to get it right. One thing to know also is that AB's patterns have some heavy copyright laws. lol

Hope that helps!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Love this bag! What should I call it? on: August 15, 2008 08:28:20 PM
That bag is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! SO cute - love the hidden pocket. What fabric did you use? That print looks familiar and I'm a sucker for blues and browns!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's the pattern for this slouchy fabric tote? on: August 15, 2008 08:17:14 PM
Do you already have fabric you could use? lol Cause sometimes when I see something like that, I want to make it ... then by the time I'm done I realized I could have bought it for cheaper than what I spent to make it!

Advice I got from someone before was to study a bad you like, (maybe even take it apart! *gasp*) and try to design something that way... but I like the bag that's suggested... that's really cute.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: scoop bottom on: August 15, 2008 08:13:16 PM
You mean like this?
http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/products/patterns_display.php?id=37

That's Amy Butler's Birdie Sling and the bottom looks rounded, but it's actually kinda squared off you like described. I just made this bag last night to experiment with it ... I'm totally new to sewing. The directions were a little complicated - but the way I would suggest is to have the bag inside out, make a triangle at the corners by pulling the seams together from the inside so they're touching. (you would look inside the bag to see if the side seam was touching the bottom seam) Pin it, then measure in about an inch or inch and a half (if the bag is bigger) then measure to like 3 inches on each side of the triangle. You would draw the line in a curve, with the middle of the curve closest to the triangle. (I hope this is making sense) Then sew along the curve line, then cut along the seam you just made - which would cut off the squared end of the joining seam of the bottom and side. Do the same thing with the other side. I wish I had a graphic to show you, but I don't.... Does that help at all? lol
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: TRYING To Make A Bag LIKE THIS!! on: August 15, 2008 08:03:55 PM
I just made Amy Butler's pattern for the Birdie Sling and it looks like that. You could probably adjust the handles to make them longer, but it's in a few pieces, not one continuous piece. It does look like it's out of one entire piece of fabric, but I'm too new to sewing to know how that's done. GL!
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