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not2old4glitter
« on: March 25, 2007 09:27:28 PM »

There is a Joann fabrics near me that's closing, and they are selling off all their little fabric samples  from the custom order home dec section. I bought waaaay too many of those! The sampled are only about 16" square, so  you can make a pillow or a purse, basically.
I've been making purses!
This one I especially like because it combines a big mod daisy jaquard with a candy-pink faux-snakeskin. It's so spring-y!
Also this was my first time doing these kind of handles with the plastic tubing inside. I like them and they feel really comfortable in the hand. I'll definitely use them again.


The inside has a two pockets, zippered and patch. It's lined in pink denim.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2007 04:20:19 AM »

Wow!  That's a great bag Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2007 05:10:02 AM »

Very pretty bag!  Great use of small sample pieces of great fabric!  I'm right with you on that one ~ I recently bought way too many upholstery samples, but they're all eventually (hopefully) going to be bags, so it's all good!  Cheesy 

I made a bag recently with similar handles, except the pattern called for cording instead of tubing, and the handles still are fairly stiff and sturdy, just in case you didn't have any of the plastic tubing on hand!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2007 06:47:00 AM »

Your purse looks great!!  Did you sew a tube and then turn it inside out? My neighbor below has to have oxygen, so one day I asked him if he ever had extra tubing.  He said, not really.  However,  I come home one day and there is tubing, used prob but I think I can boil it.  I really like how the straps are attached.   
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2007 07:17:49 AM »

Beautiful spring bag!

Question for not2old4glitter and runnermom:
I made similar handles and my cording shifted when I used the bag. So now the cording is all the way to the seam on one end and there is a gap on the other end. How did you keep yours from shifting?

Please do tell how you made the handles. I think I might have made mine differently. I made a tube, turned it and stuffed it with the cording by pushing and pulling. The result, though, was the seam twisted.

It looks like you made a tube from two fabrics, turned it, then inserted the tubing and seamed the edge...maybe with a zipper foot? I'm trying to stare very closely at your bottom pic to figure it out.  Smiley Please tell how wide the tube is and what size tubing. Secrets, please!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2007 07:51:02 AM »

eeeeee I love the pink!  this is a great bag Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2007 09:24:02 AM »

Great idea on the tubing/cording in the handles. I've been wanting to try those kind of handles out, but I couldn't think of how to give the handles some body!
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2007 09:42:01 AM »

It looks like you made a tube from two fabrics, turned it, then inserted the tubing and seamed the edge...maybe with a zipper foot?

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Yes, that's close to how I did it. I did a tube with the snakeskin and cotton broadcloth, turned it right side out and pressed it flat. So it's like a ribbon, sort of. You want it just wide enough to wrap around the tubing with  a small seam allowance.
Then I sewed the seam with the 2 cotton broadcloth sides together and he snakeskin side out. the seam is on the outside, but there are no raw edges. Then I threaded the plastic tubing through. You could also handsew the seam with the tubing inside, like wrap it around and handsew it. I tried the zipper foot, but couldn't get it close enough to the tubing because it was fairly thick and the presser foot wouldn't fit over it. (like it does over cotton piping that's thicker, but squishy)

I got the tubing at the hardware store, i'm sure it's cheaper than medical tubing because it's not sterile or anything. The nice thing about this tubing is that it's smooth, and it's rigid, so it's much easier threading it through a fabric  tube (it's slipperier) than a cotton piping  cord. If it starts to slide to one side you can just poke it from that end and move it back to a centered position.
I want to get some thinner plastic tubing to use as piping on the edges of bags, I really like that look in storebought bags and it sort of protects the corners and keeps the bags shape.
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2007 08:04:55 AM »

I love the fabric and the pink faux snakeskin is awesome.  Beautiful spring bag.  Lynn
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2007 11:17:24 AM »

Beautiful spring bag!

Question for not2old4glitter and runnermom:
I made similar handles and my cording shifted when I used the bag. So now the cording is all the way to the seam on one end and there is a gap on the other end. How did you keep yours from shifting?

Please do tell how you made the handles. I think I might have made mine differently. I made a tube, turned it and stuffed it with the cording by pushing and pulling. The result, though, was the seam twisted.

It looks like you made a tube from two fabrics, turned it, then inserted the tubing and seamed the edge...maybe with a zipper foot? I'm trying to stare very closely at your bottom pic to figure it out.  Smiley Please tell how wide the tube is and what size tubing. Secrets, please!  Cheesy
When I made a bag with cording in the handle, I used McCall's 4936.  Here are some pics of my sketches of the way the pattern directed (hope this is OK, since it's not the actual pattern I'm showing  Huh):







The pattern calls for 1/2" cording, for pic "D" below; also, I think I did have to use a zipper foot when stitching it, to get really close to the cording




Hope this helps!  Smiley
 
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