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Topic: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)  (Read 792935 times)
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« Reply #210 on: August 01, 2007 10:41:22 AM »

I had to use two different pieces, as I am trying to use up the odds and ends of my stash:

Wobblerat, that was what I was thinking. It seems like these could be made with separate pieces all around to use up smaller bits. Instead of putting the pattern on the fold, cut extra pieces (four for the outside and four for the inside). A little extra sewing, but a good way to use up smallish pieces. Was there anything different about the construction using the pieced bits?


I still put the pattern on the fold, and cut two of the outside, and one each of the lining for 4 pieces total.  If I understand correctly, if you didn't lay it on the fold you would have 4 pieces for the outside and 4 for the lining.  With that layout you would have a seam down the front and back of your bag with a different color on either side.  You would also have two different pieces for each gusset.

If I were to make a bag with 4 different fabrics for the outside and 4 for the inside, I would manipulate the pattern so the front and the back of the bag were one solid piece, and each gusset were one solid piece.  Don't forget seam allowances (I always do!) Wink

From there the construction of the bag would be similar, but not quite the same since the original pattern calls for the gussets to be half pieces instead of whole.  I'm sure it could be done, but would take some finessing.  I would have to make one to tell you exactly how to do it. 

It's a great idea, and I have lots of scraps that would work.  When I get a chance I think I'll make one.  Thanks for the idea!  Cheesy
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« Reply #211 on: August 01, 2007 05:08:21 PM »

I'm so sorry, I simply can't stop making these bags.  

This one is made from two sheets I found at Value Village.  
My guess is that the blue sheet is older than me.  Wink
It is lined in a white sheet.



A friend of mine lent me 6 books to read (they were in a plastic bag! gasp!) so I returned them in this bag.
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« Reply #212 on: August 01, 2007 05:48:39 PM »

A friend of mine lent me 6 books to read (they were in a plastic bag! gasp!) so I returned them in this bag.

What a great way to spread the word!

And now, as I get tired of my old sheets, I may just have to do the same thing...think how many bags I could make from a set of queen sheets!
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« Reply #213 on: August 02, 2007 07:27:56 AM »

Love your fabric Skrabadoo! And yes I've made more! *hangs head in shame* hehe!

Decided my mam needed another one cos she has too much shopping for one bag (i know the colour combination is slightly odd but she picked it!)


Next one is for my best friend's mam cos she was admiring mine - inside and outside made out of different parts of same sheet i had left after making a dress, its a nicer green than it looks in these pics


And this one is for my best friends birthday (not only saving carrier bags but gift bags too  Cheesy) and made out of curtains - think its my new favourite!


Also in the middle of another one for me! Sorry for the millions of pictures!

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« Reply #214 on: August 02, 2007 07:50:46 AM »

Queenofdiy, It looks like your tut was very inspirational.
Here are my bags, four so far.

Two full size, one medium, and a mini!
Again, thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial!
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« Reply #215 on: August 02, 2007 08:04:00 AM »

Please don't appologize for too many pictures.  I love them all.  These fabrics are great.  If only I did not have to work or clean my house....I could make these all day!
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« Reply #216 on: August 02, 2007 04:56:59 PM »

I'm a total novice sew, but I loved this idea, so here are my bags. I didn't do the gusset b/c I like my bags wide. Thank you for the great tutorial!

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« Reply #217 on: August 02, 2007 05:18:58 PM »

These are brilliant, both the original and all of the incarnations!

I've got a quick question, however. I'd love to make a couple of these I can carry on my shoulder and as I've never actually sewn before, I have to ask what I'd need to do to lengthen the straps a bit... I've got a long bus ride from grocery store back to apartment.

I really am such a newbie. Wink
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« Reply #218 on: August 02, 2007 06:28:53 PM »

These are brilliant, both the original and all of the incarnations!

I've got a quick question, however. I'd love to make a couple of these I can carry on my shoulder and as I've never actually sewn before, I have to ask what I'd need to do to lengthen the straps a bit... I've got a long bus ride from grocery store back to apartment.

I really am such a newbie. Wink
I don't have advice on how to go about lengthening the straps, because I've done so little sewing.  However, I've carried a lot of bags (Smiley), and I'd recommend that you make different handle lengths when you figure it out.  That way, you could have one hang lower than another so they can sort of fit together when you carry two on one shoulder.  (Does that even make any sense?  I can see it in my head, but I'm not sure whether I'm expressing it clearly.)
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« Reply #219 on: August 02, 2007 07:53:57 PM »

I don't have advice on how to go about lengthening the straps, because I've done so little sewing.  However, I've carried a lot of bags (Smiley), and I'd recommend that you make different handle lengths when you figure it out.  That way, you could have one hang lower than another so they can sort of fit together when you carry two on one shoulder.  (Does that even make any sense?  I can see it in my head, but I'm not sure whether I'm expressing it clearly.)

I had to read it twice, but I get it! And that's a fantastic idea, thanks! Smiley
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