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Topic: Crazy-quilt style patchwork messenger bag - TUTORIAL on pg 2  (Read 52139 times)
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« on: August 16, 2004 06:58:14 PM »

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It's a little too big for everyday but it's awesome for trips to the library and such. I made it in 3 pieces: one for the back/flap, one for the front, and one for the handle/sides. VERY simple construction but it took me forever to do the patchwork. It didn't cost me a thing since I had all the material left from other projects but if I was paying myself even minimum wage it would be over $100. Ah, well... what's a few days out of ones life when you get a cool new bag out of the deal.  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2004 07:12:06 PM »

that is beautiful. greak work. Smiley makes me wanna get out the bags and bags of scraps Smiley i'm so happy you posted your wonderful bag Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2004 07:26:42 PM »

I absolutely love it! Its so colorful and interesting Shocked Awesome work!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2004 10:35:14 PM »

I really like this bag! Great use of colors. What did you use to back the pieced 'quilt' part? Also, did you use a separate liner? Did you interface it? Just wonderintg. Great work!
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2004 04:12:06 AM »

Nicely done!

Another bonus for this bag is that if you are traveling ( car/airplane) and need a pillow,stuffing this with a jacket will give you instant slumber while keeping the wallet/stuff behind the stuffing.

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2004 06:28:04 AM »

I love it! It's a great over-night sized bag, too. I have a bunch of quilt squares that I need to turn into purses now...
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2004 09:15:26 AM »

What did you use to back the pieced 'quilt' part? Also, did you use a separate liner? Did you interface it? Just wonderintg. Great work!

I sewed the scraps together into one huge piece of material and then cut my front and back pieces out of that, and made one long patched strip for the handle. Then I took a solid brown cotton and cut the same 3 pieces out of that. I sewed right sides together for all 3 pieces as though I were making pillows. Turned them right side out and sewed them together into the bag (front side to the handle/side and back to the handle/side.) I used some iron-on stabilizer for the stretchy/slippery fabrics but I didn't use interfacing for the bag itself. It's still pretty sturdy though since there is so much stitching and layers going on in the pieced part.

And I did actually use this as a carry-on at the airport. The great thing about the slouchy shape is that I can get away with calling it my purse (and still have my carry-on suitcase) as long as it's not over-stuffed, but then it still has room to cram my jacket and such inside. I think something about the patchwork also acts as camoflouge because I can have it packed to the gills with beachtowels and it still doesn't look that big.
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2004 06:41:47 PM »

Wow, it's beautiful!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2004 11:10:33 PM »

that's honestly fantastic.
i'm usually not into this scrap work style. but it's really great.
i think it's the piping that pulls it together.
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2004 08:56:32 AM »

Wow. I really love it.
You have a great taste and you made a good choice for the colors combination.
excellent!!! Wink
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