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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zippered bowling style bag -- Lots of pics! on: February 16, 2009 01:56:51 PM
Great bag.

Would you mind sharing what the finished dimensions are?  Also what did you use to stabilize it?

It ended up being around 8.5 inches tall x 10 inches wide and 4.5 inches in depth. This means that it doesn't really look that big, but ends up holding alot because it's wide! I used a heavy iron on interfacing.

Quick tip: iron the interfacing to the lining, not the outside fabric. This avoids some of those weird wrinkles that iron on interfacing can give to cotton or thinner fabrics. Oh and double check that you are ironing the correct side of the interfacing on the fabric, I wasn't paying attention once and ended up melting it to my iron by mistake oops  Wink
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sushi Purse w/ Felt Zipper Pull on: February 15, 2009 11:47:45 AM
Love the zipper pull!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered bowling style bag -- Lots of pics! on: February 14, 2009 06:44:39 PM
This is a new purse that I just finished sewing tonight!

Earlier in this week I was stuck in a traffic jam getting very bored of lifting my foot on and off the brake petal when I started to think about purses. This one is semi-inspired by the weekender bag, but on a much smaller scale. When I got home I started drawing out some different ideas and this is what I came up with...

(I stole a piece of fishing line from Dad so that I could get the handle to stay in the air while I was taking pics hehe)


It zippers shut


This is the part that took the longest, hiding the inside seams with seam binding. The only thing that made this part bearable is that I wanted to try out this new nifty seam binding maker that I bought awhile ago but hadn't used before  Wink




The only name that I could think to describe the style is "bowling bag", which come to think of it sounds kinda ugly  Grin, but it does remind me of those retro-ish bowling style bags.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: PEZ Bag on: January 14, 2009 08:13:46 PM
Awesome!!!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Weekender Bag -- Why I was late for my x-mas eve party... on: January 14, 2009 08:12:03 PM
just wondering how much stuff you can fit in your gorgeous bag!!, is there room in there for clothes,  makeup bag and  say like a blow dryer??
You did a wonderful job, love it, love it loveit!!!

It's huge! I took it away for a weekend and was able to put jeans, clothes for 2 days, a sweatshirt, blowdryer, flip flops and more inside. I'd actually say that it's too big to use as an everyday bag, but well suited for a weekend one.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My new leather gym bag!!! on: January 11, 2009 03:05:36 PM
Awesome bag! It looks super professional  Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Weekender Bag -- Why I was late for my x-mas eve party... on: January 11, 2009 03:04:11 PM
Have fun with it! It's a great sized bag to have (I made one for myself last summer).
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Macbook Damask Laptop Bag on: January 11, 2009 03:01:14 PM
My cousin got a new Macbook and asked me to make a laptop bag that she could use to tote it around. Since laptops are fairly heavy, I lined the bag with a padded quilting fabric and sewed three seams close together (instead of one) so that the laptop wouldn't end up on the ground one day  Wink

She wanted to use this damask fabric (it's one of Joel Dewberry's):



On the inside are pockets for pens, a cellphone, laptop charger and usb cords. A quick tip, instead of measuring the width of the pen pockets by hand, you can use a yard stick (or metre stick if you live in Canada like me!) and just trace the width. It's the perfect size for making pen and pencil pockets and will save you from having to measure each one:



I wanted to try out something new for the strap protector. I saw this cool men's messenger bag that had one similar to this. It's an oval that has a couple of layers of padding sewn into it. Then on the top of the oval, I attached a thinner rectangular channel. It's a bit wider than the width of the strap so that it can be moved up and down the strap if she decides to lengthen or shorten it. Oh and if you decide to make one, don't do what I did and sew the rectangular channel down on both sides before adding it to the strap. I had to get out the dreaded seam ripper and pick out the stitches so that I could re-sew it actually on to the strap haha.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Weekender Bag -- Why I was late for my x-mas eve party... on: December 26, 2008 09:31:17 AM
Thanks!

Beautiful Bag.... I hear that her patterns are really complicated.. I am to scared to try. 

I like the way that her patterns are written. For some reason, I find "regular" patterns (you know the patterns you can buy at any craft store) really difficult to follow. The terminology confuses me so I end up either putting the project on hold (usually for a loooong time haha), or just trying to finish it on my own without the instructions. I've tried two of Amy Butler's patterns (this one and the hat one) and found both easy to follow. The most difficult part of the project is probably sewing the zipper in, but it's more because you have to pin it pretty well, other than that, it's just alot of straight sewing and curves Wink

That is gorgeous!  Am I correct in thinking- you gave this as a gift?  Wow, if so, what a LUCKY ducky recipient!

Yes, it was for my Mom. I was trying to handmake some of my gifts this year and thought that this would be one she could use for awhile!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Weekender Bag -- Why I was late for my x-mas eve party... on: December 25, 2008 08:33:41 PM
I had big plans this year for finishing off all of my Christmas presents with time to spare, but it didn't quite turn out as perfectly as I had planned Smiley

It took me until 8pm on Christmas Eve to finish off this Weekender Bag. The Christmas Eve event started at 7pm so I was a little bit late haha.

I used Amy Butler's Weekender Bag pattern and her Lacework in brown fabric:


And brown piping:


The inside is a decorator weight fabric from Ikea. Since the outside fabric was a regular cotton, I wanted to make it more durable. There is also a layer of heavy weight iron on interfacing adhered to the lining:


One modification that I made was to lengthen the straps. It's for a relative who is going on a trip in the New Year so I thought that it'd be easier to lug around with longer straps. Also, I split the pockets on the front (by sewing a seam up the middle) so that there would be 6 pockets on the outside, instead of 4.


Finished just in the nick of time, but I'm happy with how it turned out in the end Wink
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