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CraftMomNancy
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2006 01:59:17 PM »

You did a awesome job.I'm sure she will like it. I bought that pattern last Winter and started a bag but I wanted it smaller so made lots of changes ,now it still not down. I'm such a procrastinator even on things I like to do. Huh
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2006 03:11:22 PM »

I have that pattern, was it difficult?  I'm not the best, still learning, but I would like to be able to make it for a friend.

Where did you find the fleece stuff?
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2006 04:06:08 PM »

The bag just magically appeared at my door and I have to say, it is way more fantastic than it looks in the photos! I totally wish that I could keep it, but I guess I'll just have to wait until I have my own babies. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2006 04:16:27 PM »

I have that pattern, was it difficult? 

It wasn't "difficult," but it was time-consuming -- there are 71 steps, if that tells you anything. Also, I'm useless at cutting around pattern pieces, so this is what I did to make it easier for me: since most of the pieces are rectangles (except for the front flap and the pocket flap), I measured each of the pieces and wrote down the measurements. Then, I used my omnigrid ruler and rotary cutter to cut perfect rectangles. I understand these are tools that not everyone has (I'm a quilter) but they really do rock for cutting perfect squares and rectangles, especially if you're like me and have a hard time cutting a straight line.

However, my difficult in cutting straight lines is not shared by everyone, so this might be easy for you.

Okay... after I got the pieces cut, then I just went through the steps, very carefully. I would recommend reading the pattern ahead of time, slowly. I got overwhelmed several times when I first got it, but by taking deep breaths and reading it carefully, I figured it out.

However, I just remembered one other change I made to the pattern. They didn't have me adding the velcro inside of the flap until the last step. This would have made the velcro sew lines visible on the exterior of the flap, which I didn't want (and is not how it looks in the picture on the pattern). So I sewed the velcro to the flap lining before sewing the flap together. That way, the velcro sewing lines are hidden between the flap lining and the exterior of the flap -- does that make sense at all?

The one tricky part for me was the hand-sewn slipstitch on the flap of the side pocket, but that's only for a couple of inches and ends up being nearly invisible. Plus, I understand that not everyone hates hand sewing as much as I do.  Wink

Also, it's kind of tricky using that thick, thick fabric (the fabric I used was a sailcloth, which is thick on its own, but with the fusible fleece on it, it's very thick). In fact... I used a walking foot, which is a foot used for quilting because it feeds the fabric evenly on the top and bottom. I don't know if it was necessary, but I think it helped a lot, especially on the parts that were quite thick.

I hope my verbosity has not scared you away. Even without the fancy tools, I think that a beginner could get through this pattern by being careful and taking it slow. As my friend pointed out, "It's basically a messenger bag with a lot of pockets." There are some great tutorials on craftster for making basic messenger bags, so you might want to look at those, as well.

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Where did you find the fleece stuff?

Joann fabrics. It comes in a package and it was with... notions, I guess. Near the velcro and whatnot. It's made by Pellon. I think you can also buy it by the yard, but the package was the size called for in the pattern, so that's what I got. If you can't find it at your local fabric store, just ask -- they'll probably have it.

Edited to add: Oh, YAY! While I was typing this (rather long -- sorry!) response, TheBon posted her response. I am SO glad it came today! And I'm glad you like it!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2006 06:53:19 PM »

That is an absolutely gorgeous bag!!  Very very professionally done!! I love how the stripes match with the polka dots!  Wink


 You have inspired me, I am so going out and buying that pattern now!
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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2006 01:59:27 AM »

Just had to add mine to the sea of voices - that bag is flippin' sweet! It has all the functions a good diaper bag should but still looks very stylish and...well...UN-diaper bag-ish.
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2006 05:02:20 AM »

Thank you so much for answering my post.  I'm still scared, but somewhat encouraged.  I'm not good with patterns - maybe I"ll start with a messanger bag and move on from there.

Thank you!!
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2006 06:54:07 AM »

I may have to pick up this pattern.  A friend of mine just annouced she was pregnant, and I know she's love a bag in an a-typical fabric.  Nicely done, you inspired me!
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2006 08:03:11 AM »

Turns out I'll be delivering the bag on Sunday, so I'll let you know what the brand-new mama says when she gets it! I'm sure she's going to love it.
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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2006 08:27:04 AM »

That is an absolutely gorgeous bag!!  Very very professionally done!!

Coming from you, this is a huge compliment -- you make such beautiful bags!!

I'm not good with patterns - maybe I"ll start with a messanger bag and move on from there.

This is a great idea -- I just recently made my first messenger bag using this great tutorial by gloriana and it really helped with understanding the construction of the diaper bag.

You have inspired me, I am so going out and buying that pattern now!
Nicely done, you inspired me!

This gave me a warm fuzzy feeling! I am so inspired by all of the projects I see on craftster, so it's nice to be able to give a little something back with the inspiration. Smiley

I'll let you know what the brand-new mama says when she gets it!

Yay! Baby! Just in time for a new sweater and diaper bag! (Crafting for babies is fun!)
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