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« on: June 15, 2006 06:57:54 AM »

School's out! yay.

anyhow... my friend is moving, so I made her this bag out of a school tee. I think she liked it.

My inspiration:

My bag:

and right side up:

The inside: there's a pocket in there

Comments and criticism welcome. Have an awesome summer!

Tut on the way!! thanx guys.

Ok, so heres the tut. It doesn't look exactly loke the yak pak, so this should be legal Wink. This is my first tut, so if something doesn't make sense tell me and i'll try to clarify it.

about one t shirt's worth of fabric, size large or bigger the length of the hem determines the size of the straps
lots of pins

So: Draw a 1/2 ing seam allowance around your pieces. I usually set my compass to 1/2 inch and use that. Cut two of the big ones (these will be the front and back) from the tee, two little ones (the inside lining) from the tee, and two more little ones from interfacing. don't cut too close to the bottom hem of the shirt, as it will become the straps.

Big piece:

the dimensions are:
Across- black line 20 inches
down- purple line 8 in
center curve across- yellow line 10.5 in
center curve down-red line 4 in
side curve across- green line 3 in
side curve down- blue line 4 in
tips are 1 inch across

little piece:

Dimensions are:
down- purple line 8 in
across- black line 9.5 in
center curve across- yellow line 7 in
center curve down- red line 1.5 in
side curve down- blue line 2 in
side curve across- green line 1.75 in

Interfacing: also cut a two inch strip from the sleeves and the hem. cut the hem into two equally long pieces

and then pin the big piece to the smaller interfacing piece, starting with the top points and the sides, as in the picture.

then either ruche ( that is the word, right?) or pleat the top and sides, pinning it to the interfacing.

do the same to the bottom part. the top and bottom pleats don't have to match up, unless you want them to.

do the same for the other big piece and interfacing piece, so you have two pleated pieces. sew the fabric to the interfacing with a 1/4 inch seam. use the interfacing pattern as a guide, so sew it with the fabric part down.

then trim the fabric to match the interfacing piece, if needed. My edges didn't line up, so I did.

do the same for the other piece, so you have two pieces like:

then pin those two together, right sides facing, and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance along the bottom rounded edge.

turn right side out and put aside.

now, pin the two small fabric pieces and sew them togerther, right sides facing, along the bottom rounded edge. Use a 1/2 inch seam. if you want to put a pocket in, do that before you sew them together.

do not turn right side out, but put it inside the pleated piece and zigzag the edges together, so that the lining is attached to the outside
heres a point:

Now that the body of the bag is together, it's time to attach the straps.

first, attach a sleeve strip to the side curve of the body, on the inside, right side of the strip facing the lining.
a view from the inside of the bag:

now, sew this with a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch seam

view from the outside of the bag:

on the outside, using the line you just sewed as a guide, fold the strip over and pin the edge of it to the guide line. sew it down.

do the same for the opposite side curve

for the handles, use the strips off of the hem of the shirt and do basically the same thing. when the strap ends, attach it to the body of the bag. the handle should form a circle.



pin straps

and here's the finished thing: it says "the agency... are you in?" it's from a youth retreat I was on


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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2006 07:09:00 AM »

 Cheesy wow that is appsolutly fantastic! and what a great idea to make it out of a school t-shirt. A perfect and really cute reminder!!
do you mind me asking where you figured out how to make that style of bag- i've been trying to figure it out for a while, without much sucess!

have a great summer too!!


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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2006 07:22:59 AM »

That totally rocks!  I would love a tutorial or an idea where you got the pattern.  That is too cute for words!

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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2006 07:26:55 AM »

I like it! loocks great and the color really worked! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2006 07:39:46 AM »

You did a great job.  What a comfy looking bag and roomy too.  It'll be a great way for her to carry the memory of her old school friends around with her.

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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2006 07:46:51 AM »

For some reason it brings to mind sweet oranges. I love it and the color is perfect.

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2006 08:14:38 AM »

very awesome.  You are a good friend. I'm sure she's gonna love it.  Make a tute please!!

« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2006 09:36:04 AM »

Totally cool....love it and would love a tute too!
great colors!!
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2006 09:40:39 AM »

i've been trying to make a bag like that for a while now! yours turned out so fabulously! a tutorial would be really neat.  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2006 10:13:51 AM »

really cute! i was thinking of making a purse just like that! (i bought one from target and was going to use it as a guideline)

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