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1  Crossbody Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: September 06, 2012 03:08:50 PM
I was wanting a new crossbody bag so I used my pattern here, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298929.0 but made a few changes.
I made the bag bigger, rounded the corners and used a snap intead of a zipper for the top closure. It's about 111/2 x 13 1/2. It has a zipper pocket on
one side and a slip pocket on one side with a snap and a main center compartment.




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2  quilted bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: March 21, 2012 09:35:15 PM
It was time for a new bag so I made this using Simplicity # 2243. I didn't quite go by the instructions.
I made the pockets a little different, added snaps and quilted my own fabric.
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3  Pink patchwork tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: December 27, 2011 12:08:49 PM
I made this pink patchwork tote for a christmas gift. It has a pocket on each side , 2 pockets inside and a zipped top.
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4  Laptop Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: January 02, 2010 09:30:52 PM
I got a pretty pink laptop for my birthday. A pretty laptop needed a pretty laptop bag and a plain one from the store wouldn't suffice. So this is what I came up with. I used a pink polka dot on brown with a pink lining. There is a pocket on each side for storing cords and cables.


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5  Re: Little Green Men Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: August 28, 2009 11:15:01 PM
Thanks, the inside is purple with a divider.
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6  Little Green Men Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: August 25, 2009 10:03:02 PM
I needed a new coupon wallet so I made an easy peasy wallet with a divider in the middle. The little green men are appliqued on. I cut them from a Toy Story valance I got at the thrift store.

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7  Cross body Hipster Bags..Tute Added .. Very Very Image Heavy. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: March 29, 2009 10:30:28 PM
I been making these hipster bags today and I love them.  Smiley They are my favorite style of bag. I wear them cross body so it leaves my hands free for shopping. One side has a zippered pocket and one side has a open pocket for my phone and keys and it also has a middle zippered main compartment. I took a lot of pics while I was making the brown one so I will try to add a tutorial tomorrow.










Now for the tute.. I like making these bags with outdoor furniture fabric. I think it looks like fabric that backpacks are made of and its stiff enough you don't need any interfacing.  Your going to need a sewing machine and some heavy needles that can sew through several layers of fabric. I'll do this in 3 parts, the zippered side , the open pocket side and the lining and top zipper.
  Lets start with the zippered pocket side first.
You will need a zipper that is 11" or longer. I prefer longer. It's easier to work with and can be cut off .
I like making these bags in 2 colors .
You will need 2 -8 1/2 x 11 pieces of the solid fabric which happens to be the exact size of your ordinary printing paper.
1-4x11 print fabric  and one 9 1/2 x 11 print fabric.
Lay your zipper upside down on the on the 11" side of the solid fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up and pin. 

then sew as shown in the pic below.

Now lay your other 8 1/2x 11 solid fabric with the right sides of the fabric together and sandwiching the zipper and pin.
Sew through these layers as shown in the pic below.

Lay your zipper right side up now and pin the 4x11 print fabric on the zipper with right side of the fabric facing down as shown in the pic and sew the zipper on as you did for the other side.

Sandwich the zipper now with your 9 1/2 x 11 print fabric as shown sew as you did the other side.

You need to press it as shown in the pic. The 9 1/2 x 11 print piece will be laying down toward the bottom. This is the back of your zippered pocket.

Top stitch on both sides of the zipper.

Pin these layers together and sew within the seam . Don't cut that zipper off yet. We will do that later. Now the zippered side is complete. Grin


Now for the open pocket side of the bag. This side is easier than the zippered side. Smiley
You will need 1- 8 1/2 x 11 solid fabric
                   1- 8 1/2x 11 print fabric
                   1 - 12 1/2x 11 print fabric
Lay your 8 1/2x 11 solid fabric and your 8 1/2 x 11 print fabric with right sides together and sew one 11" side. Turn over press and topstitch.

Lay this on your 12 1/2 x 11 print fabric and pin and sew within the seam to hold these layers together.

Now you have completed the pocket side.
Lay your pocket side and your zippered side with right sides together and match up the pockets and pin .


Sew a seam down both sides and the bottom. I always sew double seams to make the bag sturdy then trim your zipper even with seam and turn right side out.



We are ready for the final part of the bag. The lining and zippered top.
You will need - 1 6x50" solid for the strap
                     4 - 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 Print for the zippered top
                     2 - 10 1/2 x 12  for the lining for your center compartment.
Lay your zipper upside down on right side of the print fabric.


Pin another piece of the print fabric sadwiching the zipper as shown and sew.

Do the other side of the zipper the same way and press and top stitch both sides along the zipper and it will look like this.

Pin your finished zippered top to the right side of your lining fabric.

Now pin the other side of the lining the same way .

Sew both sides you have pinned and it will look like this.

Pin both your lining sides together and sew down both sides and the bottom, then trim of the zipper even with the seam.

Press down 1/2 inch of the top of the bag toward the inside. Press down 1/2 inch the top of the lining .


Put your zippered lining in the bag and pin both together around the top.

Make your strap by taking your 6x50" solid fabric . Fold and press in half then press both sides to the middle and top stitch along both sides .

Pin your finished strap in both sides and sew around the top. Sewing the straps is the thickest part to sew through.


Yay!!! Your done.  Now you have cute little hipster bag.
Sorry for such a long tute and so many pics but it was the only way I knew to explain how to make this bag clearly.  Gwen  Smiley















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8  Support Our Troops Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: January 20, 2009 01:50:10 PM
My son is in the Air Force so this is my bag to show my support for him . It's a little bright but I like it.
It has a navy blue lining with a zip pocket and a slip pocket.



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9  Big Corduroy Bag inspired by Queen of DIY shopping singlet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: December 07, 2008 09:15:24 PM
A couple of weeks a go I made some of Queen of DIY's wonderful shopping singlets and was inspired to make this bag. This  is made exactly like the shopping singlet except the straps are longer and the sewn together on the same side instead of attaching both sides. Since I am using this for a handbag I put a zippered pocket and slip pocket on the inside and have a magnetic snap for closure. I have an oustide pocket for my cell phone. I got the corduroy fabric at a thrift store for 25 cents. I'm very happy with my new cheap bag.  Smiley





the straps are folded in half and sewn to give a smaller opening.


 
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10  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gatchley on: November 13, 2008 10:32:28 PM
Thanks for the fantastic tutorial.  Smiley I finally found a use for my vintage fabric. I got a box of fabric at the thrift store for $2.00 and there was 8 yards of this in there.  I don't think my DH likes the idea of bring of your own bag. He said he would stay at home if I bring those bags.  Roll Eyes  Here's mine.  Smiley
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