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« on: September 30, 2007 09:59:44 AM »

I tried to make a hobo bag last night for the first time and wasn't very successful (probably because I didn't use any sort of pattern or tutorial).  But after spending several hours trying to make it and the fact that I really like the fabric, I figured I would post pics  Cheesy




Even after sewing and re-sewing all of the seams I still didn't get them all.


The dimensions of the bag are all wrong (it's too long and not tall enough), only one of the sides of the strap matches up in size with the body of the bag (the other one had to be folded to fit), and the seams are all ripping.

I really like the outside fabric (which I got for $1/yd at Joann's!) and I plan on trying again once I get more brown fabric for the inside.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2007 10:08:44 AM »

with the exception of that little seam issue, i think its cute, it looks like a handbag but bigger  Smiley  I really like the fabric you used and you can't beat a buck a yard.  You should make it into stuffies, one can never have too many of those!
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007 10:45:08 AM »

Sorry to hear about the seam issues, I actually just set aside a Vogue bag because of the same issues. But I agree with Arwena, your bag is cute and the fabric is awesome. I love finding pretty buck o' yard fabrics, it makes my day. I hope you at least learned a bunch from making your bag without a tut or pattern, that takes guts!
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007 10:51:27 AM »

Hi, aside from the seams ripping, i think the bag is pretty, i think if i did a bag like that, it would be worse. But i really think you should try using a pattern, u don't need to buy, you can make it yourself.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2007 11:18:11 AM »

I love the fabric you used!!! I can never find anything like that at my joann's.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2007 11:59:12 AM »

I think your bag is very cute and I like the shape and fabric, too.  Maybe you're stitching too close to the edge, or trimming too close to the edge, which is causing the fraying.  As far as getting that "curved" edge, I fold my front piece in half, fold going down the center; then place a large round object (a plate or large ribbon roll works) against the top edge, from the corner to the fold, and trace onto the fabric, then cut.  When you open the piece, the curve will dip down toward the center fold and it'll be even on both sides, too.  Hope this helps.  PM me if this sounds confusing!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2007 12:31:30 PM »

I think your bag turned out very cute. You're right, that fabric is great! It's so frustrating when things like the seams ripping happen.  Once you load it full of stuff I'll bet no one would even notice that there are issues with it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2007 12:42:32 PM »

For a bag that was made from no pattern or tutorial you did a great job.  And you have not failed if you have learnt something from doing this project because as you said you want to do this again when you have more fabric.  You will fail however if you continue to do the same mistakes over again which I doubt you will because you know what they are.  So well done for not only trying but for actually doing it at all.  As the saying goes - 'Practice makes perfect' and you will succeed with making this bag to your satisfaction.

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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2007 02:07:14 PM »

Other than the seams coming apart, I think it's a really cute bag!  I used to do that all the time too, but I have since adapted my own method of a seam allowance on patterns I am just making up.  First I make sure that the edges of whatever I am sewing together match up, and then pin the devil out of it.  Then, I use my sewing machine foot as a guide... from the center where the needle is to the edge of the foot is about a quarter of an inch, so I always make sure my edge lines up with the side of my foot.  It also keeps me sewing straighter (as long as my edge is straight!

Keep trying, I love the design!
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2007 03:19:08 PM »

Thanks for the kind words and the tips everyone!  The tips are really helpful because I'm still pretty new to sewing and learning it all on my own Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2007 08:08:21 PM »

Yeah, about the seams, you do need seam allowance. Using the foot as a guide is a good idea, just remember when you are making your own pattern that you need to add the extra fabric for the seam allowance and commercial patterns already have seam allowance (usually 5/8" unless otherwise noted--in America) Even if you are just learning and teaching yourself, seam allowance is a good thing to understand so that you can make your own patterns that look good and professional and not "homemade". Cutting patterns accurately and pinning are also important. If you are using non-fusible interfacing and you have to flat line the interfacing to the fabric (make the interfacing and fabric become one) you should lay the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric and machine baste the two together INSIDE the seam allowance (this is where more than 1/4" seam allowance is good, because sewing at 1/8" isn't fun!) Then you sew your pieces bag pieces together, lessening the chance of the seam pulling out.
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« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2007 06:47:05 AM »

If the seam is really bothering you, either try a product called Dritz Fray Check or other similar products.
http://joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2864&start=17

Or if it is coming out, try covering the edging with either double fold tape or ribbon.

It is such a cute purse.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2007 02:22:47 PM »

I have only made one bag from a pattern that was for a friend and since then I have made up my own patterns (currently using a bag I made a few weeks ago: please see photo below)



I ALWAYS use 1/2 inch seam allowance as I would rather be safe than sorry.  As for lining this up on the machine: my sewing machine has 'groves' on the plate and I measure from the needle out to the required seam allowance and mark it with a pencil line.  Works for me everytime.

Don't be discourage with your errors - you will learn from them and your work will get and be better.  If in any doubt do a toile/dummy run first so that you don't spoil the fabric you actually want to use.  You may think this is a waste of time because you are making the same item twice but if you make errors on the toile you can make notes so you don't do it on the actual fabric.  Use different colour fabrics and threads so you can see your work clearly and any errors you make.  I write on post it/sticky notes and staple them to the required area so that they can't come off.  Use this bag as a template of the finished design - you will learn a lot by doing this and your confidence in sewing will grow without you realising it.

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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2007 02:40:16 PM »


Or if it is coming out, try covering the edging with either double fold tape or ribbon.

Thats what I was thinking when I read this post. It's such a cute little bag it shouldnt go to waste. Buy yourself some nice satin ribbon in a matching colour (perhaps the darker one) then carefully handsew it over the fraying seams.

If it helps at all I've been sewing for years and making bags for about 2 years now and I still miss seams sometimes! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2007 06:36:10 PM »

If it helps at all I've been sewing for years and making bags for about 2 years now and I still miss seams sometimes! Roll Eyes

I am not the OP, but your statement helps me feel better. Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2007 03:30:23 PM »

this bag is cute*  do not worry urself with the minor imperfections because over time u will get better*  keep it the good work*
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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2007 08:28:38 AM »

It is a really cute purse, you can't even see the edge problem in the first picture, I bet it could easily be "saved" :3

The fabric is great - $1/yd? That's such a good bargain. I never find anything that cute when I'm at Joann's!
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