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Topic: Tutorial: Hallowe'en - Skull & Spider bag  (Read 27316 times)
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« Reply #30 on: November 07, 2004 05:30:25 PM »

thank you so much for the tutorial, it is awesome!! I can't wait to make this bag...I know someone who will love it!

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« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2004 05:29:22 AM »

YAY!!!!  Thank you SOOOOOOO much for the tutorial!!!!  Must run out and get some vinyl!  I'm looking forward to seeing how you did the spider one, too!  And oh my goodness that spider was pretty freakin' huge.  You're a lot braver than me!  A friend was telling me about these things called wolf spiders that were everywhere when he worked in an outdorr theater.  He said if you tried to spray them with Raid, they just hissed at you and they could sit on top of a light and cover it completely with their bodies AND they were hairy.  I would have quit that job.  Considering he hates spiders as much as me, I don't know how he handled it. 
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« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2004 06:30:12 AM »

WOW!  It is so generous of you to share the tutorial for this great bag!  Thanks very much. 

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« Reply #33 on: November 08, 2004 07:30:14 AM »

I really love the skull bags, though I'm not sure when I'll have -time- to try and make 'em.  Thank you for all the effort you put into the tutorial- it's perfect.  I can't wait to see how the spider was made.  Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2004 07:58:59 PM »

I'm going to make one of the skull bags this weekend. Damn you got some wicked style!
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« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2004 07:57:39 AM »

Thank you very, very much for posting your tute!  I can't wait to try this.  I just found some awesome red fabric with skeleton vaqueros on it for the lining.
 
I have a few questions:
     1.  What kind of outer fabric did you use?  Is it felt?
     2.  How stiff was your interfacing? 
     3.  If I wanted to reduce the size of the bag, would it be hard to sew the lining, which is attached to the outer part by the zipper seams?   
     4.  Do you have to tack the lining to the bag in spots?

     Whoa, just think of the possibilities using your tute!  Hmmm... a Pez-dispenser-shaped bag with a head compartment and a rectangular prism lower part with its own zipper.  Or human-heads-on-pikes.  Shrunken skulls with hair.  Australopithecus skull purse.  How about a matching quilted brain coin purse?  Aiiiieeeeee!  It's raining buckets and I'm going nutty! 
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« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2004 08:40:29 AM »

 
I have a few questions:
     1.  What kind of outer fabric did you use?  Is it felt?
     2.  How stiff was your interfacing? 
     3.  If I wanted to reduce the size of the bag, would it be hard to sew the lining, which is attached to the outer part by the zipper seams?   
     4.  Do you have to tack the lining to the bag in spots?

1.  First off - I used a light bull denim/heavy cotton, which in itself is quite stiff, but not overly.  The appliqu is felt, but I wanted something that if I had to wash it often it wouldn't go yucky - especially since it's white - not even cream, just really white!  I would actually suggest an off-white cotton or similar colour, but I have meters of the white stuff, so I used that.
2.  The interfacing I used isn't very stiff, but that was because I already had a pretty tough fabric for the outside.  It's an iron on cotton interfacing, I guess about as heavy as a normal cotton - does that make sense?  If you've got a light fabric, or something that's flimsy, get one of the stiff interfacings that doesn't have too much bulk, and do the following:
     a)  cut out your interfacing the same size as your front and back panels minus seam-allowances.  Iron this on, and you panel will be stiff but the seams won't.  The reason for this is that when you do the curves, a very stiff interfacing will sometimes kick out and mangle the shape, this way, the panel wins out when it comes to shaping the bag, and also your seams aren't as bulky.
     b) do the same for the gusset, again minus the seam allowances.  This will also act as a guide for when you sew that where your interfacing starts is where your seam will be.
3.   If you want to reduce the size of the bag, to make it easier you could make one continuous gusset - not two parts, and if you use the sewpixie way for the zipper it should be easy.  I understand what you mean with the seams, since you would probably make the bag thinner, and then it could be difficult to get into all the spots to sew.  As I said in the tutorial, when you sew the panels to the gusset, you do everything inside out, and the lining and fabric are lying with head to head (no pun intended), attached at the zipper. When you then sew the lining for instance, you have the fabric that could get in the way.  You can just pin it out of the way - fold it to the other side so that it makes a little sandwich, and then you should have a clear sewing path.  Again, hope that makes sense.  I guess I wouldn't recommend making the bag too thin, otherwise you might have a hard time sewing it together.  If I think of an easier way to do this, I will let you know (this is going to keep me awake probably thinking of alternatives  Wink)
4.   I don't tack the lining and bag together at all.  When you sew it together, the only place they are attached is at the zipper.  If you're worried about the lining flopping around in the bag, use a very light interfacing on you lining, or you could even use a heavy one, using the same rules as for the fabric as in #1.  This could make a very stiff and almost box-like skull, which is what I'm probably going to try next.

Phew....that's enough of me rambling....any more questions feel free to ask - I'll try and keep my answers short (er)  Wink...sometimes I overexplain....oops... Roll Eyes

     Whoa, just think of the possibilities using your tute!  Hmmm... a Pez-dispenser-shaped bag with a head compartment and a rectangular prism lower part with its own zipper.  Or human-heads-on-pikes.  Shrunken skulls with hair.  Australopithecus skull purse.  How about a matching quilted brain coin purse?  Aiiiieeeeee!  It's raining buckets and I'm going nutty! 

As for all the ideas.....I know what you mean...I almost go into idea overload thinking of all the possibilities, and not enough time I have... Cry
I'd love to see your lining fabric when you finish the bag, and let me know if you get stuck.

M

P.S. The spider bag is on its way....sorry for the delay
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« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2004 11:04:57 AM »

Thank you for the detailed instructions and tips.  I know it took a lot of your time to put the tutorial together, time that you could have spent craftin'. 

Hint #2a was extremely helpful.  I should have done that on my canteen bag.  Now I know.

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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2004 05:35:58 PM »

Here's my attempt at Fury-inc's skull bag.  Mine pales in comparison.  It's a really fun bag to make.  I cut my gusset about an inch too short and had a few lumpy areas.  Also, my "fusible" (ha) interfacing decided to unfuse.  Yes, I could have taken the bag apart and fixed the problems, but nooo!  The lining is a very nice true red.  (Sorry! I can't turn off my flash!)  Gonna make another one tonight.  This time I'll  try sewing the lining to the outer fabric and put double-fold bias tape over the raw seams inside.  Thank you, Fury-inc!!!!


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« Reply #39 on: November 13, 2004 08:31:56 PM »

This is my second attempt at Fury-inc's bag.  This time I treated the outer and lining fabrics as one and sewed bias tape over the raw seams.  I'm getting a bit better at curved seams.  Next time I won't use twill, which frays terribly.  This is a photo of the bag inside-out.  Thanks again, Fury-inc! 
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