Does anyone here know of a good source for 100% Pima Cotton? I am desperate to find a good, reliable source. I am mainly looking for solids. If anyone knows of any online vendors or any stores in San Diego, CA, please post them here or send me a Personal Message. Thanks in advance.
I made this cute tote for my soon-to-be 9 year old daughter who just loves carrying bags around. It is made of dark denim and mid-weight cotton flower print fabric for the lining. I cut out a flower from the fabric itself and appliqued it onto the front with some stitches and frayed the edges to give it a nice decorative touch.
I was commissioned to make a couple of lingerie travel bags by my Godmother to give as gifts to my mother and youngest sister for their upcoming trip to France. I must say I had my reservations about the way the lace was going to handle, but nontheless I dove into the project head-on. Here is what I came up with. They are two different designs because of course as things always tend to happen, as I finish the first, I always end up thinking of ways I could improve the next one. Here are the results.
This is the first one. It has only one zipper across the top and a simple stitch down the middle to create two pockets. I wrapped a hanger with double-faced satin ribbon to make it a bit more elegant.
With this second one, I actually followed a pattern that I have for some laundry room organizers. I made the back from satin and added two horizontal zippered pockets. It is certainly a better design than the first. I realized a bit late that I attached the zippers in the wrong direction. They should open from left to right. Oh well, you live and you learn!
I made this black canvas tote yesterday in about 2 hours. I needed a new bag and I had nothing to do, so I just went at it. I made pockets inside and added a D ring held by satin ribbon and added a small zippered pouch tied on by a cute little ribbon.
The outside is sort of plain, I am still thinking of what I can add to embellish it.
The inside has divided pockets for my cell phone, iPod and keys.
Zippered pouch for coins, ATM card or any small thing I wouldn't want to lose under all the junk my kids tend to shove in my bag on a daily basis.
That is a nice bag. I too like to shop at IKEA for fabrics. They are very sturdyl. I do have a tip for you after seeing your post. When I make a bag with two different color fabrics, I use two different color treads on the thread spool and in the bobbin. Example, with your bag, I would have put white in the thread spool and black in the bobbin and sewn it from the top (ikea fabric on top) so that I got the white stitches on the outside and the black thread on the inside. Do you know what I mean? If that does not work for you, you can take a fine tip Sharpie and go over just the stitches on the black fabric to camouflage them.
I believe the best way to do it is Jordy style. The only thing I would change is instead of making one whole piece of the main body, do two pieces so that you have to sew a seam at the bottom of the bag so that you could anchor the divider from the bottom and the two sides. The gusset has no where to anchor the divider. Not on the sides or bottom. I have made a bag for this purpose, using this method. It works wonderfully just as long as you are not using really thick interfacing. I take an extra precaution when making bags that will carry this kid of weight. I use upholstery thread (a.k.a. Nylon thread). The only downside to it is that is comes in a limited range of colors. I hope I am explaining this well (it makes sense in my head). If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a private message.
You could try evenly spraying water on the fabric before popping it into the dryer. Another option is to take a small, wet washcloth and pop it in the dryer with your fabric. That should help soften it. Canvas is a very durable material and works well for applications such as the one you are using it for.
Are we all looking at the same bag? The original post has a link to a rectangular two-fabric tote with a small velvet ribbon around it. The description says "amy butler". The ones the first two posts are taking about are completely different. I don't know what pettern that is, but it looks to me like it's a fairly simple bag to make. It looks like an oversized Jordy with a very stiff interfacing to hold it's shape.
Use Nylon thread. It is used for upholstery and is extremely strong. I am currently making a canvas laptop tote for a college freshman who I know will torture the bag like there is no tomorrow. I am taking no chances with the strength of the seams. I use a regular stitch (3) and a number 18 (per manufacturer recommendation). The only drawback to using the upholstery thread is that it comes in limited colors.