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« on: September 17, 2007 05:33:50 PM »

I am making myself a sewing tote, but I forgot to cut out the gusset for the outside pocket, and I don't have any more of my main outside fabric to make one. 
I've asked my sewing teacher, but she and I have two different opinions about how to interpret the instructions; so, I thought I would ask y'all to see what y'all think. 

The zippers have been added to the side with the elastic, but not to the side with little pockets yet.

Any ideas on how I could improvise an outside pocket without the gusset?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007 02:43:46 AM »

Hmmm. Not quite sure where your missing gusset goes---NEAT project, btw---but I would offer up my lazy way of working around a problem of this type:  if you can't match it, go for contrast.  In other words, can you cut the gussett from a completely different fabric? 

My fall-back work-around (if contrast doesn't work) is to use a similar piece, maybe the same color but a different print.  Either way, tell yourself this is a scrappy project, therefore it doesn't HAVE to match.

I read a lot of quilting discussions on-line, and scrappy is much more appealing than it use to be!  One time, I read about a woman who named her quilt "The Mistake I meant to Make"---she had had a long series of errors that resulted in making three quilts in order to get the one she wanted and still use up the rejects!  That name has stuck with me and become sort of a mantra.  (In menspeak, my husband would call it an "undocumented feature!")

By now you have probably already completed your tote.  How did it turn out? Did you do it your way, or your teacher's way? Enquiring minds and all that!!


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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007 08:09:49 AM »

I actually haven't completed it yet, because I keep hitting snags.  For now, I have decided to use contrasting fabric for pieces on the sides and pleating the bottom.  If all goes well, it will done before I go to class tomorrow; I am sick of looking at it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007 10:04:06 AM »

« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2007 11:43:52 AM »

Wonderful job! That is brilliant, I need one of those!

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2007 01:38:30 PM »

I need me one of those!

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