This was absolutely the easiest project I have done in a long time. I added a lining, but then used bias tape to cover my seams. Quicker and easier than sewing the lining separately. Plus, I was afraid my lining would fall in on the inside.
I will definitely be making more of these. I love that it stands on its own and the zipper stays open on its own, easy access to my makeup!
First, does anyone know where I could get more of this fabric?
I've been busy making purses for an upcoming craft fair (my first!) but I HAVE to keep this one. When I bought the fabric I didn't particulary love it, but I knew it was expensive and I was getting a good deal, so I bought it anyway. Now, I LOVE it!
Well, it's made of felt. I think each side is a separate piece, and since I can see the ends of the handles on the inside, I think it's just one layer. It looks like it was sewn with a 1/4" seam allowance with the seams on the ouside, then the seams were finished with a blanket stitch by hand.
The handles are probably also felt, a long skinny strip folded in half and sewed, then sewed to the bag. you can see the stiching on the outside, and the end of the handle on the inside.
The little chick is probably made of felt and embroided on either by hand or machine. Cute.
I can't find them anywhere. Short of making my own, which I am highly likely to attempt, can anyone think of any options that are similiar?
I don't have to have those exact handles, but i do want something similar in size (they're about 8 inches long and maybe 1.5 to 2 inches in height). I like how it curves for you to hold it easily, but I could always make my tabs a little bit longer to allow for your hand to easily fit in there. I definitely need the short drop (how"tall" they are).
Just completed another one of these (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108647.0) bags. I so wish i had more of this fabric, but this is all I had - it's a gorgeous woven upholstery piece. I literally have a 4x6" piece left. But it was free, so I can't complain!!
Inside zippered pocket, with striped surprise:
Open pockets on other side (1 for pen, 2 for cell phone/lipstick):
4" on each side 6.25" in the middle 1.5" long drop (approx)
11" inches high
19.25" wide at the bottom
Here's a hint for drawing the top: - draw the 16" total, then the 4" in from each side, then center the 6.25" in the middle, about 1" below the 4" lines, then connect the 4" lines to the middle "6.25 line. This way you end up with the right total inches and don't have to measure the 1.5" drop line which is only approximate anyway.
Handles are 14" long and 1.5" wide FINISHED (does NOT include seam allowances).
Above dimenstions (except handles) includes a .5" seam allowance, and a 3.5" (when finished) jordy bottom. Um, except I don't cut squares for my jordy bottom, I do it a little differently, I have templates I use. So I don't know how big your cutout square would need to be?
And I'll let you do your own pockets since I think pockets should be personalized to a persons stuff!
I knew I had to have some of that fabric. I rushed out and got it, but then took several days to decide what kind of purse to make. I had decided on just a simple two handled jordy, but ran across a picture I had printed off of a purse I liked. I'm almost positive it was from Craftster, but I have no idea who made it - it was navy blue corduroy wth some red detailing on one of the front corners. Anyway, I decided I would give it a go (even though I usually use crappy material the first time I try a new thing, I couldn't wait to use this fabric). So if this is your design, thank you for the inspiration!
Front, closes with two magnetic snaps, one just below each handle:
Inside pockets: pen holder, and two open ones fit for lipstick or cell phone:
Large velcro pocket on other side. This pocket is for all my receipts and paper I always have floating around in my purse. I usually can't find anything because of all the receipts (I switched to a smaller wallet recently that doesn't have room for the receipts):
Small pocket on the end that holds my keys perfectly:
For size, on my shoulder:
And at my side:
I didn't take a side view, but it's 3.5" wide at the bottom, narrowing to nothing at the top.
Sor far, I like the style, though if you tend to carry a heavy purse, the handle situation might not work. I'm trying to cut down on what I carry!
So I tried something new, not sure how well I like it yet. I haven't carried it out and about yet. it's rather big for my usual taste, but I think it has to be this big for the according effect.
Thank you to Wal-Mart for the $1.00 clearance section for the outside fabric. And the lining was free, given to me by my mother-in-law for a purse I made for her a few years ago.
This is how it "hangs" when it's just sitting. You can see the grommets and how the handles are threaded that achieves the accordian pleat affect when pulled tight:
Inside - one pocket on each end. Couldn't really do pockets anywhere else because of the pleats. I could fit SOOOOO much more in here if I wanted to. Also has a magnetic snap to help hold it closed when it's sitting:
And for size comparision:
The handles are strips of leather that I salvaged from a belt I bought originally for the o-rings (for a diaperbag). I may make long strips of the outside fabrics for handles, not sure yet.
Hot off the machine, I couldn't even wait until daylight to get better pics. This has a total of 7 pockets: 3 are outside - one on each end, plus a large velcro one underneath the front flap (which velcros) that holds the changing pad. Inside has 4 elasticized pockets, 2 appropriate for diaper/wipes, 2 appropriate for bottles, diaper rash cream, etc. This can be worn as a shoulder bag or messenger style, or a backpack. All straps are removable and adjustable.
Oh, and the label really isn't off-center. I went and checked. The flap is just hanging off-center.
Front: Side (note side bottle pocket, duplicate on opposite side):
As a backpack: Side, backpack style:
Inside, elasticized diaper pockets: And side bottle pocket (also one on opposite side):
And finally, the matching changing pad, in the front large velcro pocket: