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« on: July 17, 2007 01:00:50 PM »

So I started cutting fabric last night and it somehow turned into a pretty decent looking bag:

Here's Snicker's in an action shot.  The other side of the tote is just plain blue:

and the lining, with only one pen slot and a sunglass pocket.  On the other side is a pocket for my cell phone:

The lining took FOREVER. Something about thinking inside out is very hard for me.  When attaching the liner to the bag, I think I ripped the seams out twice before settling with what is in the picture, and I'm still not happy with it- you guys can't see it, but the back of the tote is kind of puckered where the outside of the bag was bigger than the lining.  When I cut the outside of the tote and the lining, I made them the same size.  Should I have made the lining slightly bigger because of the turning after sewing?

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007 01:06:43 PM »

You did a great job.  I love the colors.  Snickers is cute.  Are you new to sewing?  I can't tell. I'm impressed you did it so fast.

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007 01:33:18 PM »

Thanks!  I love the colors too, and the teal is my favorite, favorite color.  I hoarded the scrap for years before I got up the courage to make something out of it.  I'm not really new to sewing, but I'm sort of new to using a sewing machine.  I just used to be able to make general repairs to clothing and stuff like that. 

And Snickers, we always say that when she was being made, she got in line lots of times for cuteness, but forgot to get in the line for brains.  She's so dopey, but I love her. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007 01:40:25 PM »

I love the vibrant blue and the squares are really cute.  And Snickers is freaking adorable!  I love Beagles. :-)
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2007 02:30:39 PM »

It looks great. The lining should be a fraction smaller than the bag ideally. Just make your seams a fraction deeper. If your outer bag seams a 1/2 inch, make the lining ones 5/8 inch and it will sit a little better.

« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2007 03:21:29 PM »

i really like:)

« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2007 03:29:44 PM »

Love the bag, you've done an excellent job! Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2007 05:00:07 PM »

Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments!  And Sansa, thanks for the advice.  I'll keep that in mind next time I make a bag.  The one thing that I think helped make it come out so nice was the fact that I ironed the heck out of the fabric and then the seams.  Normally I just go to town with the sewing machine, but lugging out the iron was worth the effort!

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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2007 07:47:07 PM »

Such a cute bag!  I like the colors of the fabrics.  You've done a great job!  I agree with Sansa, and the other thing that usually works, too, is to just "tuck" the lining sort of under itself after everything is finished...at least no one can really see it on the inside.   Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2007 09:55:36 AM »

LOL Grin about Snickers.  Sansa really did give good advice I'm going to keep that in mind when I start sewing.  What type of sewing machine did you get?

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