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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / REALLY need HELP - Jordy + zip top lined bag tutes = making it work with straps on: July 03, 2005 03:20:15 AM
Okay, I have a project that I need to get done super quick.

I have the zipper topped lined bags down pat, I use the "Jordy" as the base of my lined bags and add the zipper with the "Lined zipper bags" tute.  However, with the bags I have been making there is no strap like in the Jody, the strap is attached at the side with a grommet.

The bag I need to make needs the single strap like on the Jordy OR it can have a strap that reaches from one side to the other - maybe just off the corner on the right of one side and the left of the other.

If I do the zipper with the Jordy strap will it make the strap curl in where the zipper attaches on the end?

Would it just be better to attach the straps between the lining and the outer on opposite sides?

This bag will maybe sometimes be carried on the shoulder, but probably around the neck and more on the hip.

I hope I have made since here, 'cause I REALLY NEED YOUR WISE WORDS OF WISDOM! Kiss


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Which tute/design for a bag for a 2 year old? on: June 30, 2005 11:08:41 AM
We are having babe # 2 a week from Monday.  I am putting together some goodies for my son to get at the hospital amid all of the excitement. 

One thing I want to do is a nice sized bag with different monster fur and faces on each side.  I believe that a backpack might be a bit hard for him to handle.  Too, he carries bags around here with just  strap around his neck or shoulder.

I am sorta thinking the Jordy - so it will be nice and square at the bottom to hold lots of goodies and a single strap handle.

If I use the Jordy, I guess I would need to use large square cuts on the corners to make it nice and wide on the bottom.  Right?

Any other tute suggestions or recommendations?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Ummmm... Piping on a Jordy? on: May 31, 2005 03:46:25 AM
I am new to piping.  I am pretty much using this tute

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0

to make my bag.  I am not going to have the handle(s), as this is on a much larger scale. 

If I want to pipe this bag -

1.  One one side/section of the bag, I take the piping across the top and down the sides and stop at the top of the square (for the bottom)?

2. Do I just pipe the top on the opposite section?  In another words - I take one whole side/section and pipe across the top and down the sides and then just across the top on the other side/section?

3.  Since I will have a zipper closure on the top - should I even pipe the top?  If I do, it goes between the zipper and the outer fabric, right?  If I would typically topstitch along the zipper - would I skip this when using the piping?

Thanks so much for your help on this, I have been pondering this for a while and really am itching to get started on the bag that I want to pipe. 

You guys are so darn helpful here! Grin
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I put the fusable interfacing in & it looks great, wash it and it looks AWFUL!!! on: May 25, 2005 05:18:08 AM
When I put my fusible interfacing in my bags it looks awesome.  I use the steam meathod that someone here reccomended.

When I wash the bag it looks wrinkled.  The interfacing is still attached to the fabric, but it is bumpy - kinda like it is cold and has the chills, chicken skin.

What is wrong?  I preshrunk the fabric and even though it didn't need it (according to the directions) I went a head and soaked the interfacing.

I am using the heavyweight Pellon fusible, I like my bags nice and stiff.

UGH!  Any suggestions.

Thanks once again!
Melanie
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Buying/Applying Ribbon/Notions and Do you wash your fabric? on: May 24, 2005 07:11:32 PM
Okey Dokey - Got a couple of questions for you sewing gods and goddesses Wink

Do you sew your ribbon/trim/etc on or do you use the fabric glue?  What are the pros and cons of each.  I am leaning towards not sewing, because I think it looks cleaner/neater.

Oh, where do you get your really neat ribbon and goodies - good selections, great prices?


Do you wash all of your fabric before using it to make your bag?  I know you should preshrink before making certain things.  I figure the totes/handbags would be spot cleaned, especially if directed to do this prior to purchase/gifting.

Thanks for your input!
Melanie
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / HELP! HELP! HELP!!!!!! ZIPPER DEAMONS ahead! on: May 20, 2005 01:05:09 PM
Okay I have been trying to follow the lined zipper tote/bag thread and have viewed several other threads on zippers.

My final product - zipper wise - looks AWFUL and unprofessional!

 Here is what I am doing and where I am -

I am making a lined bag with the Jordy box bottom that is zipped with handles on the sides.  It MUST zip closed.

The ends of the zipper are NEVER even and look soooooooooo tacky.  ANY SUGGESTIONS?  When I stop the zipper short of the side seams then I have the zipper tapes sorta floating in the wind.

I cannot for the life of me after HOURS and HOURS and HOURS of doing and re-doing figure out how to make this look nice.  I will be selling these so presentation is ULTRA important.

Should I put some type of tab at the side seams at the end of the zipper?  This appeals to me, as long as it will not be extremely time consuming.  But, I don't even know how to begin.

I have gone to Hancock's and they tell me what to do, I come home and it turns out the same

PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / HELP! HELP! HELP!!!!!! ZIPPER DEAMONS ahead! on: May 20, 2005 01:03:58 PM
Okay I have been trying to follow the lined zipper tote/bag thread and have viewed several other threads on zippers.

My final product - zipper wise - looks AWFUL and unprofessional!

 Here is what I am doing and where I am -

I am making a lined bag with the Jordy box bottom that is zipped with handles on the sides.  It MUST zip closed.

The ends of the zipper are NEVER even and look soooooooooo tacky.  ANY SUGGESTIONS?  When I stop the zipper short of the side seams then I have the zipper tapes sorta floating in the wind.

I cannot for the life of me after HOURS and HOURS and HOURS of doing and re-doing figure out how to make this look nice.  I will be selling these so presentation is ULTRA important.

Should I put some type of tab at the side seams at the end of the zipper?  This appeals to me, as long as it will not be extremely time consuming.  But, I don't even know how to begin.

I have gone to Hancock's and they tell me what to do, I come home and it turns out the same Undecided

PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Handles, Liners and yes, Zippers on: May 07, 2005 06:07:55 AM
Hi everyone!  I have been lurking and absorbing for a while now.

I have found some fabulous tutorials - making a zipper bag with a liner, the jordy, etc....

You guys sure are a wealth of knowledge and information!!!!!!!!

But I have a few questions and hope this is the forum to ask them in.

1.  When making a bag that is lined and with a zipper - is there a foreseeable problem if I sew the two layers together with an overlock stitch then attach the zipper?  I want to use a vinyl lining and the overlock to help with wicking issues.  I would sew the layers together, and then attach the zipper by
  - placing the zipper right side facing directly on the outside layer (rightside).  Then sew from the wrong side of the fabric or zipper.
 - Then just flip the fabric over the seam and the right side of the fabric is attached to the zipper and the seam is hidden.
 - Duplicate this on both sides.

2.  On the same two layer bag I want to insert handles on the side.  I am wanting to use a cotton webbing for a wrist/hanging type handle.  I want it to be very securely attached since the contents could be weighty at times, so I am thinking I want to certainly attach it to both layers for strength.  Do I do this by -
 - sewing up the sides of both layers and leaving an opening where I want the handle inserted
 - insert from the rightside of the outer layer and sew, leaving enough ends to sew onto the next layer
 - pull the inside layer through and sew again trying to get as close to the edge of the handle
 as possible so it is not too visible from the inside layer?
 A -  Is there a way to make it less visible on the inside layer?
 B -  When attaching the handles will a stretch stitch make it more flexible and strengthen it at the same time?

3.  Is a top stitch necessary on a zipper if you are not placing the seam/fabric up close to the actual zipper?  I like my zippers to be a bit away from the fabric.  I know that fabric getting caught in the zipper or the zipper getting caught in the fabric can be a problem when the zipper teeth are close to the fabric. 
 - Will sewing/attaching out closer to the edge of the zipper tape solve this?
 - Is there a stability problem when doing this? (I am talking about sewing say 1/2 way or 2/3 towards the edge.)

I am sorry if I am not to clear in my descriptions, I am new to all of this. Tongue

Thanks so much for any input that you can give. Grin
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