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1  A "Family" of Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: March 25, 2015 06:05:27 PM
(These are all Kwik-Sew 3526)
I found this material with a photography-type print on it, and decided that would make a nice bag for a neighbour.


Once that was decided, I thought it might be an idea to make a bag for each of her daughters. One is a reporter, the other has a great interest in Horses.


After that, I thought it wouldn't be kind to give "Just" them a bag each, and not her husband. So, I decided this one would be nice for him. (because it's kind of "guyish")


(Have you ever had a project completely take on a life of its own?) Then, decided that since I had made both of the daughters a bag, it would be surly to not make one for their roommate.


Then, their son came home from ... back east, I think it was. So, I decided to make him one as well.

But, I didn't have enough of that fabric for both sides: so, I used a similar, but different print for the other side


(Fortunately, their other son is not yet home: but I will make him one, when he gets home.)

Feedback, positive or negative, would be appreciated. Thank you
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2  Young Reporter's Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: December 24, 2014 10:21:11 AM
I made 3 bags out of Kwik-Sew 3526.

I forgot to take pictures of the first one  Angry

I tried to post the other 2 on the same post, but can't from my phone! (And, now, I'm too annoyed to try to figure it out!  Angry  Angry )

So, here's my bag for a young reporter.
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3  Tool Roll -- by request in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: September 22, 2014 11:33:08 AM
My husband was cleaning out a small tool-bag he had in the trunk of his car.
 
Inside, he had a bunch of wrenches.  He needed all of them, but would have preferred them to be on a tool roll.
He explained what he had in mind. I showed him a picture from "Hold it! How to sew bags, totes, duffels, pouches & more" by Nancy Restuccia. (Excellent resource, highly recommend.)Between the pic, and his explanation, I decided I could make something that would "do".
 
I wish I could say I just sat down and this "came out of the sewing machine". It didn't; the first one had not enough, and too narrow of pockets. And, there were rough edges hanging out all over. I thought I'd be able to rip a few pocket seams, but since it's made out of Paint drop-cloth, the weave is too loose, so the material was starting to rip.  Angry
So, I had to start over.
 
I suppose it's a blessing (of a sort) to have to start over. You just get to repair whatever mistakes you initially made.
 
The seam that looks "extra" over on the left ... is extra. I accidentally made the pockets too long. So, in an effort to fix it, and have the tools more easily seen & retrieved, I added that seam.
I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in sewing. Feedback is welcome.
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4  Spring Sewing in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: June 10, 2013 03:56:55 PM
Hi, everybody  Grin

I know: It's been (quite) a while since I last Posted: please forgive me and have a look at these recent projects.

The first thing I did (and only took one pic of) was Tote bag Simplicity 9658 (tote B)

It was a not very really thick cotton (I think) The bottom band was actually a Table-cloth material. Very thin: well worth using as the bottom band, which I think is there mostly for looks, not for extra strength.
It was not a very thick black cotton, and was rather limp, so to stiffen it up, I put stiffening Seams on the outside corners. Unfortunately, in this photo, they aren't that evident. They worked well, though: it stiffened up the sides of the tote, so it wasn't flopping over. (Even lining it with self-material wouldn't have stiffened it up enough, I didn't think)

Next, was a duffel bag: done from Butterick 6678, Bag B

This is the end product: I'd had to change a couple of things, including the drawstring length

Here's the back: I put on a strap, this time.

The first one of this pattern I'd made din't have a strap: It was based on the Red Bag in "The Bourne Identity" movie.
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Silly me, I put the "Star Applique" on first, before even sewing my first stitch. I really thought it would be in the middle of the front: it wasn't. (It was close, but ... close only counts on Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.) So, I added some Crystal, glue-on things.

I had wanted to make this out of a denim, and so did. I'd wanted the fancy, sparklies on it, and there they are.  I was actually planning to use brass-coloured grommets around the top, but there weren't any available, so I went with white.
The last thing I mad on my Sewing Marathon was a newsboy Cap. I have the material for over half a dozen of these, but chose this material. It's been a long while since I made one, but it turned out alright. I messed up on the gathering; they say the gathering thread has to go on the inside, by the lining. They mean it. I've forgotten which one this is, except that it's a Kwik Sew.
(Just remembered! it's Kwik-Sew 3133.


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5  2 new bags. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: May 25, 2013 02:39:45 PM
Hi:
Been a while since I posted: sorry.

But, here I have 2 new bags that I made yesterday: Simplicity 9658, Tote B, and Butterick 6678, Bag B.
A tote bag and a duffel bag.


The Tote


The Duffel, Open


The Duffel, closed, showing front


The Duffel, closed showing handle.

You can't see it very well in the photo, but the Tote bag has a pocket on it. It's between the handles, above the band.
I added corner "seams" in order to have it be stiffer and more stand-uppy. It worked: it was kinda limp before.
The Balloon print fabric is one that I bought and was supposed to have been tablecloth material. It was very lightweight and worked well as the lower band.

The reason you cannot see the bling-ness on the Duffel, after it's closed, is because I (foolishly) put the bling-ness on first, before even sewing it.  I really thought that was going to be the front.

What do you think, Craftsters? I like to think that I'm improving.


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6  My most recent shopping bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: February 17, 2013 03:46:50 PM
Hey:
it's been quite a while since I've been on here. But, here's the latest one I've done,

And, here's the interior.


And, of course, link to the Tute ...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0

Comments always welcome.
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7  Re: C'est fini et tres beau! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: May 03, 2012 05:19:16 PM
M'Kay! I've given it to him. He's totally thrilled.

Here he is, admiring the outside.


Here he is, liking the inside (with the 7 pockets; the note-pad, and the GEL pen ... and the Mentos candies)


And, here he is, trying it on. (I thought it was too small, but apparently, that's where they're supposed to hang.)


I'm so pleased that he likes it. And, he loves the colour, the kind of fabric, the applique, the pockets, the candies, the pad of paper I included, the gel pen (which he thought I hadn't noticed, he only uses Gel Pens), the candies, and the length of handle.

Quite some time ago, I had asked him what he might prefer in a "Man Purse". He mentioned that he's looked for one that matches his eyes, and messenger-style, and lots of pockets, and a sturdy fabric. The fabric I chose to use is quite sturdy. (Unfortunately, it's a stretch denim. I fixed that by interlining it with  muslin.) The handle still stretches, but the rest of the bag doesn't. It doesn't show that much, but he his actually pleased with it; he's pleased enough to give me a hug. I didn't hear quite what he's so enthused about, but I think that every aspect of it thrills him.

(P.S.: The Translation of the Title to English is; "It is finished ... and very beautiful!")
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8  C'est fini et tres beau! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: May 02, 2012 11:54:12 PM
I've made this one before.  The most recent time was for my daughter going to college.

This one is for a Christian friend who Bikes (you'd never know th't! Cheesy )

I'm pretty proud of it.  (B.T.W. it's Kwik-Sew #3133).

This is the first time I've applied piping. (Even that worked.)

And, I asked if he'd prefer a pocket, or several. He said "pockets are great." Therefore, I put in 7.

(Yes, it only appears to be 6: there's a small patch pocket th't doesn't show in this pic.)

What do you think, Craftsters & guests? Worth being proud of?
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9  Here's the fabric I fell in love with. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: April 29, 2012 09:49:22 PM
Made another!
This one is nearly as great as the one "H-a-B-L has bag envy"
This Kwik-Sew #3526 is getting a LOT of use lately.


Well worth being impressed about, I think.
(Feedback always appreciated.)
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10  Re: Happy Birthday, Tiffany in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: April 29, 2012 09:22:20 PM
She has received it & loves it.
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