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« on: August 14, 2007 02:11:43 PM »

I am not an experienced seamstress, the only things I sew are hammocks for my rats, cage liners, and doll diapers for my daughter's dolls.  I was thinking I could try sewing a simple bag.  I want to make it a rectangular tote bag that I close with a large button.  I would like to be able to carry a textbook, a notebook, pens, and my phone but I dont want individual pockets as that sounds complicated.  Are there any tutorials you guys recommend for this type of project?  What type of fabric should I use?  There is a lot of really pretty fabrics on sale at JoAnns that is cotton but is too thick for clothing or blankets, I think it is used more for curtains or upholstery maybe... would that be ok? Anyway, all the suggestions I can get would be awesome. TIA!
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2007 02:33:04 PM »

This post has a list of tutorials here on craftster
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175550.0

Try using the jordy bag tutorials  that is about the simplest bag to make.  You can enlarge your dimensions to make a tote to fit your needs.
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2007 02:33:44 PM »

I'd start by looking up "the jordy" bag.. its very simple, and there's millions of suggestions here in the bag forum in case you get stuck. good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007 05:19:22 PM »

If you are looking in the drapery department for bag fabric, try using cotton canvas. It looks like regular fabric only is twice as heavy. A woven, it is usually printed and very nice for bags. Use canvas on the outer bag and the lining. No interfacing needed then. and it usually comes 54" wide.Try using those elastic hair bands for the loop, just sew it into the seam at the center of the bag top. I buy mine at the dollar tree, a giant bag for a dollar, it will last for years.  Just cut the little metal thingie off before you put it in the seam. The stretchiness helps it go over the button. I agree the Jordy bag is a good beginner bag....have some fun.
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2007 02:15:54 AM »

jordy bag is very easy and fun, try it, and dont forget to let us know it
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