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Topic: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)  (Read 870775 times)
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« Reply #660 on: June 03, 2008 12:16:41 PM »

First I want to say thank you for posting this tutorial.  I have wanted to make these bags for months now.  Since I just entered my first swap and my partner said she would like one of these bags I made one for her.  Then, a bunch of ladies in my neighborhood saw the bag and wanted to make them too.  So we got together and I showed everyone how to make them. 

Because of that class I made 9 more in different stages of completion to demonstrate how they are made.  Here are 6 that I finished, I have given 2 away which are not pictured and have 2 more to finish.  I think I would like to have 2 more this size (they hold 2 gallons of milk very nicely) and then I will be making smaller ones for library books, lunch bags, and smaller picnic bags.

I find myself using these for everything, even a diaper bag.  (I hate diaper bags)  I do plan on altering this pattern to make a diaper bag until I can find that one perfect diaper bag pattern.  If you know of any smallish diaper bags that don't look like diaper bags let me know.  I do have the hillbilly diaper bag on my favorites and am considering making one.

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« Reply #661 on: June 03, 2008 12:29:51 PM »

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« Reply #662 on: June 18, 2008 04:32:45 PM »

Okay - so I have made several of these bad boys already - I am working on a ton o them right now - I am assembly lining about 2 dozen of them...

But I have to share a tidbit of very useful information that my friend, Susan and I developed today...

See... I had this issue with the handles - I could not (and still can not) grasp the whole sew this then keep on sewing spot.. so what I have been doing when I make these is I put the two pieces together and sew the right sides together of whatever material is on the inside - then I reach up from under the bottom, through the strap and pull the other unsewn straps through the bottom and sew it up...

Well... I showed Susan this (since she didn't really grasp the whole way to do this either) and she said - why don't you sew them all together when you pull them through?  And well. oh my god!  It works!

Sooooooo... when I am now sewing the tops of the handles - I have made a bit of a change - I reach up through the strap and pull the other 3 layers through the bottom making the handles kind of inside out, straighten it all out on the end and then sew one seam right through all 4 layers - viola - perfect seaming, no weird puckering from the lining and the outer fabric not being sewn at the exact spot - and it is just fantastic and perfect each time!

I can take a picture of this and do a mini tutorial on this amazing time and sanity saving step.  It really is a lifesaver for me - especially since I was just not getting it and was going about the strap sewing process the best way that I could - but this step - oh my god. So simple and so perfect each and every time!!!


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« Reply #663 on: June 18, 2008 04:44:27 PM »

A mini-tut would be great.  I haven't made any of these yet because the  handles looked a little difficult.  I wanted a quick solution to plastic bags, so thrifted canvas bags have worked.  I'd love some personalized bags though.

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« Reply #664 on: June 19, 2008 06:41:20 AM »

Definitely post some pics for us to see! Cheesy

« Reply #665 on: June 19, 2008 11:29:15 AM »

yes please, photos would be lovely, I have made the bag and did struggle with the handle bit, but I am new making anything more then a patchwork cat bed lol, the bag is wonderful, I have had coments about it at the supermarket

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« Reply #666 on: June 19, 2008 01:13:38 PM »

Please show us this craftydeb!  I think with photos I might feel brave enough to try this!  Wink

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« Reply #667 on: June 19, 2008 03:50:08 PM »

I was struggling with the handles too, until I realized I had missed a step when I read the directions and now suddenly it makes sense....

I'd love to see the tut on how deb does it, though

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« Reply #668 on: June 20, 2008 07:53:49 AM »

Dear Queen,
Thanks much for sharing your experience with us. I HOPE I can follow your instructions--I am age and blonde impaired.
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« Reply #669 on: June 20, 2008 03:56:47 PM »

Hi Patti,

The picture isn't actually my dog but he looks exactly the same.  It's a King Charles Cavalier.  It's a smallish dog with the males being quite alot bigger than the females (generally).  They are an excellent family dog - especially with children.  The only downside to them is the hair.  It drives me insane.  They lose alot of hair and it clumps on the floor - YUK. 

You should be fine following the directions although craftydeb seems to have come up with an easier solution to the handles.  I'd love to see how it's done - thanks craftydeb!!!
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