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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / How do I duplicate these tucks/gussets? on: April 23, 2014 12:15:35 AM
I have seen a variation of this bag a couple of places but no pattern. I want to make my own version and incorporate the double tucks on the end of the bag.

I can't figure out what my pattern should look like. Do you think the bottom of the bag is just basic square before it is tacked into the two gusset/pleats, or is the pattern likely triangulated or rounded?

Can't get my head around how to replicate the double tucks, I'd love to hear any ideas. Thanks!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drawstring Hobo on: July 20, 2013 03:02:25 PM
Here is my latest Hobo Bag. Hobo bags are my favorite kind. I always make mine huge so I can load them up if I need to, but since Hobo bags are soft and smooshy they are lighter and smaller when you don't have much in them.

About ten years ago I bought a Hobo bag for $10 at a Flea Market. I loved that bag except for the fact that it has an open top and no pockets. I decided to use the Flea Market Hobo as a jumping off point and add a few modifications to fit my wishes.

Here is my finished bag.



I put a cell phone pocket on the top for quick access:



One of the great features of this bag is the shoulder strap is really wide and doesn't slide off my shoulders like other straps do.

I put four good sized pockets on the outside - two on each side - for quick access stuff.



Since I first made the purse I've gone back and put a different button on each pocket so I know before I open it what is in there. Example: green sparkly button has keys in that pocket, etc.



I used Velcro closures instead of zippers to keep the bag lightweight:



The top of the original bag hobo was open. I don't like that because I don't want to worry about stuff falling out. I just added flaps at the top for a drawstring closure:



Here is a closeup of the drawstring. I might make a version someday with a zipper but I love the softness of a zipper-free bag.



Here is a shot of the inside of the bag. I can fit an amazing amount of stuff in here, including an iPad, camera, umbrella, etc., plus all the usual stuff. Since I put quick-access pockets on the outside, I didn't feel the need for pockets on the inside:



I've been using this bag for about a month and love it! I'll probably make my next bag using this same template, with just a few tweaks, like making my outside pockets a little taller so my phone can slide down deeper.

Happy to hear any thoughts or suggestions!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Military Shirt To Duffel/Messenger Bag Conversion **IMG HVY** on: July 12, 2013 09:12:54 PM
This is my first project to share here. I've already learned so much just looking at everyone's projects!

I converted my brother's old military shirt to a bag for his 1-year-old grandson. I made the lining gender neutral so anyone can feel comfortable using the bag. I already have requests from other family members to make a bag for them!

I didn't work from a pattern. I let the width of the shirt and the top pockets determine the size and proportions. I didn't think about making a complete tutorial, so most of the pics are of my finished bag.

Here is the finished bag:



I let the width of the original shirt dictate my bag size. The top pockets are the front of the bag and the bottom shirt pockets are the back of the bag:





Then I made the lining for the bag. I made slot pockets on inside of the bag but forgot to photograph them.



I used the button flaps on the shirt as zipper pull tabs.



On the front pockets I replaced the buttons with Velcro closures. On the back of the bag I left the bigger pockets with their original hidden button closures. I made both a shoulder strap and bag handles so you have a choice.



Here is a view of the top of the bag:



On the sides I used the sleeves to create elasticized water bottle holders.



By the time I finished cutting the shirt up for pieces I only had a small section of the collar left. This was my first shirt-to-bag" conversion. I didn't have a pattern - I just eye-balled it as I went along- - but I feel happy with the results.

Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Your Pros & Cons for Using Velcro? on: June 27, 2013 10:54:09 AM
I've been reading here for about a month and just joined. So excited to be part of this great community!

When I was a little girl my Granny taught me to sew. I can manage the simple basics but just decided to really get into sewing again because I love making my own bags and purses.

I've made a couple of bags and used Velcro on them on pockets and various other closures. I'm happy with them so far but I'm wondering why I don't see more people using Velcro for closures.

Is it considered beginner-ish? Are there traits about Velcro that will later make me wish I hadn't used it?

I'd love to hear feedback from everyone on their usage of Velcro - the good and the bad.

Thanks! 
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