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Topic: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag)  (Read 808341 times)
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NameThatCandy
« Reply #350 on: October 03, 2007 06:53:34 PM »

Hi there,

I made 5 so far.  I noticed that if I use heavy fabrics, then I really had a hard time sewing the bottom.  So now I only use light weight fabrics,  so it doesn't look too bulky and easier to sew.

You can see my bags here:
http://namethatcandy.blogspot.com/

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bronzfrog
« Reply #351 on: October 03, 2007 06:56:40 PM »

What type of fabric are you using?
I use basic walmart fabric, or sheets.  Sometimes I use broadcloth for the lining.  They don't seem bulky to me.
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HalfBrit
« Reply #352 on: October 04, 2007 05:26:27 AM »

I used regular cotton, also, for the main fabric and the lining and had no problems at all with thickness.  I mark with pins about 2.5" from the side, on each side and then fold my pleat or gusset in to that mark.  Sew that, trim and turn, and sew again.  That french seam is a bit thick after it's sewn, but I figure that's good because it has to support all the weight of the full bag. 

For those who asked about the village fabric I used, it's from a local artist here where I live and I bought it about 5 years ago.  I'll be sad when it's all gone, I just love it, too.  Sometimes you can find it on ebay, search under "wilson & wilson". 
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dftkarin
« Reply #353 on: October 04, 2007 06:38:18 AM »

Thanks for the replies to my question! I am using only cotton quilting fabric - and I've used that same red/white IKEA fabric to make some too - and I think most of my fabric has been prewashed - maybe if I used unwashed new fabric it might lay flatter? Also, my confusion with the size of the gusset/fold-in sides could be because I usually expand the pattern to use all available fabric width-wise, so even if my "pattern" leaves me with a few inch strip of extra fabric, I just don't cut it and then my bag is that much (times 4) wider. I usually use a Target bag as my pattern because the length feel just about right for me. I tried using a grocery store bag as my forst pattern and the bag I made from it is so shallow/short that its annoying. I often feel like cheaper fabrics are thinner and more loosely woven - but maybe I should be purposely trying to use those thinner cottons for my bags. Do you thin that's my problem?
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bronzfrog
« Reply #354 on: October 04, 2007 06:48:57 AM »

I use the entire width of the fabric too but I do not put the pattern on the fold but put the side with the handles on the edge of the fabric.  That way the extra is in the center of the fabric.  If you have a bigger gusset that is more layers you have to sew through for a longer period of time.
I haven't washed any of my fabric except the sheets because I'd have to go to the laundry mat to do so.  Do you iron your fabric before using it?
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Muzzymom86
« Reply #355 on: October 04, 2007 07:14:54 AM »

could you guys please post a picture of how you lay out your pattern.
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NameThatCandy
« Reply #356 on: October 04, 2007 10:16:40 AM »

I just made another shopping bag with the bias tape bottom, which I am inspired by Japanese Craft Book.

Here is the link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199977.msg2124957;topicseen#msg2124957
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« Reply #357 on: October 04, 2007 03:46:21 PM »

I have 15 or so of these cut and the top parts sewn (and pressed), so all I have to do is sew the sides and bottoms, they are my "gift bags" for Christmas gifts.  But I needed something on Saturday to wrap my MIL's birthday gift in, so I pulled one out and finished it up.  It turned out perfect, and my MIL loved what she saw of it in the bag it was in (with all the other goodies we brought them from our trip) but she is going to wait until tomorrow to open it up since that's her birthday.  It is topstitched with gold thread, and that makes me happy.

flat on the floor


empty, hanging from my arm (sorry it's kind of blurry)



I will try to get a real action shot of it when we are at their house again on Sunday.

And when I get the other 15 or so finished up I will be sure to post them as well!

Thanks again for the tutorial!
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NameThatCandy
« Reply #358 on: October 04, 2007 04:20:53 PM »

love the fabrics!
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« Reply #359 on: October 05, 2007 01:14:04 AM »

woohoo!  i've had this bookmarked since it was first posted and i FINALLY got a chance to make one.  it's a small one, for my sister's birthday, and i've got two more cut out.  dh and i figure i can whip these up to use when we sell stuff at sales--instead of the plastic bags.  i'm so excited to do a bunch for the xmas sales  Smiley  thanks so much for a great tute!


with a wipes container in it--closest thing at hand  Cheesy
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