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Topic: Shakespeare Hates Your Emo Poetry Bag Tutorial  (Read 10317 times)
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« on: August 20, 2006 01:41:15 PM »

I orderd a some (okay a ton) of Threadless t-shirts this week since they're have a $10 shirt sale. Since I've been making shirts all week I thought I'd give a little go at a tote. All the steps are really detailed since I originally wrote this for another t-shirt recon site.

I started off with a XXL Guys "Shakespeare Hates Your Emo Poetry" Tee.

And I cut out all the pieces. For the pattern, cut a rectangle the size you want the finish bag to be and add a little 1-1/2 inch wide rectangle tab to the bottom center.

(1)Shirt: Cut 2
(2)Lining: Cut 2
(3)Interfacing: Cut 2
(4)Strap: Cut 1
(5)Pockets/Key Fob: Optional. Use leftover t-shirt matterial to make up pockets

Okay. Here's where I get on my soap box. PLEASE USE INTERFACING! No matter what kind of bag you're making, interfacing is key to making a top quality, durable, professional bag. It's really not the difficult to do,it just takes extra time. I use iron-on Craft Fuse interfacing, cost about $1.50 for a yard, which should be more than enough for one bag. Place the wrong side of your lining fabric to the shiny side of the interfacing. Using a dry and hot setting, slowly move your iron around until the two pieces are fused together. That's it! Promise you'll do it?

By now you should have your two pieces of lining fused with the interfacing. Nows the time to sew on any pockets or tags you have to one side of the lining.

Now place both lining pieces RIGHT SIDES together. Sew where the red lines are - the side and bottom. Make sure you leave a gap at the bottom big enough to put your hand through so you can turn the bag out later.

Now bring the open corner at the bottom together so that it forms a closed corner. Sew a line across this.

Sew the outside of the bag the same way as the lining but DO NOT leave an opening at the bottom of the bag. Place the outside of the bag inside the lining with RIGHT SIDES together. Here that means placing the Shakespeare quote to the piece of brown WITHOUT the pockets on it. Sew all the way around the top of these two pieces.

Remember the opening you left in the lining? Reach your hand through and grab the upmost corner and start to turn the bag out like you would when making a pillowcase.

When you have it pulled through it should look like this

Push the lining toward the inside. Topstitch around the opening.For the strap, fold it in half hot dog style and sew down the opening to make it a tube. I have one of those loop turning devices (Dritz makes them for like a dollar and some change - best money you will ever spend) to turn it right side out. Top stitch down the sides. Fold raw edges under and sew the strap to the side, make sure to sew an "X" in the middle.  And voila! That's it!

I added a little key ring to the inside since I always loose my keys. Also there's a way to sew the straps in when you sew the lining to the outside so you don't have to topstitch them on, but I always forget to do that and end up sewing them on afterwards.

« Last Edit: February 01, 2011 02:08:26 PM by jungrrl - Reason: edited to comply with Craftster guidelines » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2006 01:51:11 PM »

Beautiful bag, this is fantastic ! Thak you for the tutorial.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2006 02:02:47 PM »

that came out really well, thanks for the tut!

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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2006 02:47:55 PM »

I love it very much!
lol, I promise to use interfacing when making a bag!

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006 07:00:03 PM »

That's hilarious!!!! I need a shirt like that (or tote  Smiley) but people at my school might take offense. Your tote looks very professional too.

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2006 07:57:54 PM »

What a great saying. It seems perfect for a tote bag. Nice job.

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2006 08:11:21 PM »

I love that..another reason I wish I could sew!
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2006 08:34:46 AM »


I got it off of threadless obviously, I luuuuurve it.

Too much emo kids at my school.
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2006 04:21:37 PM »

I made this bag and my friends loved it, so now I have to make more for them too. THANK YOU!


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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2006 08:25:16 AM »

Thanks for the tut, too, might try that, but the t-shirt.....holy crap my mind.
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2006 08:42:55 AM »

okay, awesome shirt, even awesome-er(is that a word?) bag! I am soo jealous. I need tee shirts with cool slogans on them..and another reason why I can't make this bag....I NEED INTERFACING! I keep saying I am gunna go to the fabric store or even WALMART and buy some!! *begs mom*

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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2006 08:49:21 AM »

Wow, really? That's all there is to it? I always thought really nice bags were much harder than that...

*note to self: Get interfacing*

That's a really pretty bag. The shirt is funny, and the lining looks really good.

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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2006 05:31:40 PM »

Thanks everyone!
I made this bag and my friends loved it, so now I have to make more for them too. THANK YOU!
I'm so glad you made it! Yay! They are totally addictive once you realize how easy they are to make.
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2006 04:51:54 AM »

Thanks for the tut. I followed it and it turned out to be my first succesful attempt on a purse.
Maybe I'm going to post a pic later... Roll Eyes

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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2010 12:58:18 PM »

Thanks for the timeless tutorial and congrats on being featured for Green Thumb Thursday! http://www.craftster.org/blog/?p=8693

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