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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / patchwork messenger bag on: May 06, 2008 09:52:06 AM
I could not wait to post this one!  I got to use up a lot of my scraps.  The bias tape binding turned out right on the first try.  I cannot believe it!



Here's a pic on my dressform for size reference and stuff. 

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Awesome paisley dee ring bag tutorial on: April 29, 2008 10:49:47 AM
Awesome paisley dee ring bag tutorial!   Grin


Cutting!

Body of bag:  Cut out 2 large rectangles from the main fabric and 2 large rectangles of the lining fabric.
13 x 17 inches.
Fuse interfacing to all of these pieces.
Stack up all of the rectangles.

Fold them in half widthwise

Draw these curves and cut them out.
(Revised pic)

You will have four pieces that look like this.
(Revised pic)


Bottom and sides:  Measure around the sides and bottom in this case that measurement is 39 inches.  Cut out one rectangle of each the main fabric and the lining.
3 x 39 inches
Fuse interfacing to these two pieces. 

Zipper:  Measure around the dip in the top of the bag.  In this case, it measures 18 inches.  Cut out one rectangle of each main fabric and lining. 
3 x 18 inches
Fuse interfacing to each of these pieces
Fold these two over and cut them in half longways.
      Two 3 x 18 inches = four 1.5 x 18 inches


Interior pocket:  Cut one smaller rectangle from the lining fabric.  Fuse interfacing on this one too.
7 x 13 inches

Strap:  Cut out a long rectangle of the main fabric.
8 x 33 inches
Loops for the dee rings:  Cut out two small rectangles of the main fabric.  Interface!
3 x 5.5 inches

Loops for the strap:  Cut out two small rectangles of the main fabric and interface them.  Dj vu!
2 x 5.5 inches

Strap:  Cut out a long rectangle of the main fabric.
8 x 33 inches

Loops for the dee rings:  Cut out two small rectangles of the main fabric.  Interface!
3 x 5.5 inches

Loops for the strap:  Cut out two small rectangles of the main fabric and interface them.  Dj vu!
2 x 5.5 inches

Sewing!

Find your pocket piece.  Fold it in half right sides together and stitch around the edges.  Dont forget to leave an opening to turn it inside out. 


Turn in right side out and pop out the corners with a chopstick or a pencil.  Press it flat. 
Grab one of the lining pieces, center the pocket, pin it down and sew it on.


Pin the side/bottom piece to one of the body pieces.  Sew all the way around. 


Pin the other side of the body on and sew all the way around.

Do the same with the lining except you leave an opening for turning in the end. 

Ohhhh.  Scary zipper part.  (Dont be scared.)

Grab the four skinny pieces we cut out earlier for the zipper.  Attach your zipper foot and sew the zipper face down onto one of the main fabric pieces. 

(Note:  Im nuts and dont pin anything.  You can pin it if you want.)
Sew the other main fabric piece to the other side of the zipper.  Make sure the right side of the fabric is together with the right side of the zipper.

If you open it up, it looks like this. 

Line up the edge of the lining piece with the edge of the zipper. (The right side of the fabric will face the wrong side of the zipper.)

LEAVE ABOUT AN INCH not sewn on each end.  (I always for get this and have to rip it back a little.  Grrr.)

Repeat the previous step with the final piece of lining.
Open it up and press everything flat It should look like this.   


Make little loops for the dee rings.  Fold them in half with right sides together.  Stitch around the edges.  Flip them right side out.  Slip them into the dee ring and stitch the ends together.

Attach the dee ring tabs by pinning them to the end of the main fabric and zipper.  Fold the lining back and sew down. 


Now we get to pin the zipper section to the body section.  Unzip the zipper a little.  Stitch it on. (I found it easier to do the front and back first and the ends last.)  I tend to flip it right side out at this point and make sure you like how it looks.  This is your last chance to tweak how the straps are lining up.  Flip it inside out.

Pin the lining section to the lining part of the zipper.  Sew it all the way around. 


Turn it right side out and stitch up the hole in lining.
Were getting close, but we still need a strap.
The strap gets a little tedious.  First press down the ends.  (you will thank me later)

Bring the edges of the piece toward the middle and press it down. 

Fold the whole business in half and press it down.

Topstitch the edges of strap.  Leave the ends open. They make cute little pockets.


Make more little loops to attach the strap.   Fold them in half with right sides together.  Stitch around the edges.  Flip them right side out.  Loop them around the dee rings and feed the ends into the cute little pockets on the ends of the straps.  Stitch them down.


Woo Hoo !!! We did it!!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / blue sling now with link to tutorial on: April 19, 2008 08:20:37 PM
I made another sling bag.  This one is completely reversible.  I had a heck of a time getting the stripe to match up on that middle seam. 



Inside out!



Here is the link for the tute!
http://stephblue.blogspot.com/2008/04/sling-bag-tutorial.html
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cat out of the bag on: April 19, 2008 08:16:29 PM
Here's a sweet little shoulder bag inspired by the kitty in my avatar.  I've been experimenting hardware like the dee rings the straps are attached to.  It is lined with the same green fabric as outside.   

 

Here it is on my dress form so you get an idea of size and stuff.

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / boxy bag on: April 09, 2008 07:43:12 PM
This is the first time I shelled out the money for some Alexander Henry fabric.  Its way to cool to cut up.  I just want to spread it out and look at it.  So I'm trying to use it in small but effective ways.  The stripe is also on the back of the bag. 



Here's what the lining looks like. 

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / big pink sling bag on: April 05, 2008 09:54:37 PM
This one came together so quickly because there was no interfacing to worry about.  The whole point of the bag is to be big and floppy.  I also got to use up some of this vintage fabric I bought off of ebay... I bought a four yard lot of the stuff and never had a use for it.  Fabric junkie.



I get to show off my new dressform!!!  You kind of get an idea of the actual size.


27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Easter chickies on: March 27, 2008 08:07:12 PM
I made little Easter chicks for my five nieces and nephew.  Who would have thought that the only boy had the most fun with his baby chickie.    Grin



I didn't know they could fly!!!

28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / pengurumi on: March 21, 2008 09:35:16 AM
He is about four inches tall and has much personality. He is made from black acrylic yarn and embellished with felt. His eyes are the snap in animal eyes with a little white felt behind them to make them stand out more. Kiss



He was actually based on these little chickies.  I made these baby chickies for a spring/Easter craft fair.  I posted them on my blog and a penguin lover suggested trying to come up with a penguin.

 
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger bag with lotus applique on: March 20, 2008 08:22:17 PM
I just wanted to share this messenger bag I made.  I have been trying to come up with new ideas for closures.  This one has a little scrap of nylon webbing that goes through a couple of dee rings... like a belt.  It is lined in the same fabric as the purple stripe across the flap.   Cheesy



Closeup of appliqu work.

30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purple tree bag on: March 16, 2008 02:04:21 PM
I made this for my friend who dresses with hippie flair.  She love corduroy and nature and all things psychedelic.  I love the trippy swirl fabric in the trunk.  It just closes with a little button and flap at the top.


(and yes that is a kitty foot at the upper right)


Here is a close up of the applique.


The lining matches the trippy tree trunk.

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