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Topic: Sailor Sam and Friends 3-Pocket shoulder bag (Now with Pocket TUTE! [10/15])  (Read 4421 times)
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« on: October 13, 2007 05:44:39 PM »

I saw this bag on Alloy.com and I thought to myself, I can make that!...

And I got about 4.5 yards of "Sailor Sam and Friends" 45" Home Dec fabric for about $2/yard.  It's really cute:

So I combined the two, made my own pattern, and came up with THIS!!!

I used rip-stop nylon for the inside

It's pretty stiff because I put medium-weight interfacing in there but this is my new favorite bag!!!


I don't have images, so hopefully I can do a good job of explaining this w/o them.  If anyone needs visuals, let me know and I'll come up with something.  If you get confused, maybe referring to the above picture will help.

[NOTE: I allow for a 1/2 inch seam allowance to make the math easier]
I'll start with the pocket body and do the flap later down.

So to start off, let's say that you want to make an outer pocket that's 3" high and 5" wide.  Cut a 4x6 piece of the main fabric and then for the "expandy part" of the pocket, which I will just call the Border, you want to take the total inches for 3 sides of the pocket, in this case, 4+6+4=14" and make the border that long by 2" wide.

I used mid-weight interfacing on all pieces, I recommend this for pocket strength.

Press the border, lengthwise accordion style into four, 1/2" sections.  In the end, the pocket will only be 1 inch deep because of the 1/2" seam allowance.

Pin and sew one side of the length along the edge of your pocket's main fabric.  Press the heck out of the seam so that when you lay the pocket face up on the outside of your purse you can't really see the border.  Press the entire top part of the pocket down 1/2 inch, lay it flat and then topstitch across the border, the main fabric, and then running over the other end of the border. 

Pin the OTHER SIDE of the border length, the unsewn part, to the purse.  You will topstitch it to your bag.  Make sure that when you do this, you are stopstitching the fold as close to the edge as possible and that, in the end, you want the border to really only be visible from the side.

If you lay it flat on the bag with the border lying straight aross the purse, you will not have any space to put stuff in the pocket.

For the flap, you basically just cut a piece of main fabric and a piece of border fabric.  For measurements, you probably want it as wide as the pocket, in this case you will cut it 6 inches wide.  However long you want it to hang over the pocket, add an inch to account for the depth you've added with the border, and proper seam allowances.  So if you want it to hang over 1.5 inches, you will need to cut the fabric to 4.5 inches.

So you will cut 2 pieces of 4.5x6, sew them right sides together, trim the seam, turn it, topstitch about 1/4 inch from the edge, then place the flap with the topstitched edge tucked into the pocket 1/4 inch and stitch over the same stitch line.

It sounds sort of confusing, even to me, so I will try to add pictures when I can.  I have a painting mid-term to do this week at home and that's looking like a 12-hour minimum commitment.  So if you don't understand it, have some patience and I'll do it next week when I'm done with my mid-term.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2007 10:27:02 PM by Digital Duck » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007 06:00:26 PM »

How awesome!! The fabric is so cute, and personally I think yours is cooler than the one you were inspired by! Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007 06:02:37 PM »

ok, this is just a personal opinion...but that Alloy bag is HIDEOUS!  But your bag is just adorable!  And it's a billion and one times better then the crummy Alloy one.  And I love that fabric! Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2007 06:26:09 PM »

I like you bag better too!  well done!

« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2007 06:32:09 PM »

Your bag is amazing (really far better than the Alloy one), and the fabric is really very cute.  Cheesy  I love it!  \o/

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2007 11:13:37 PM »

« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2007 01:15:48 AM »

oh my i absolutely adore that fabric! it is so cute!! awsome bag!

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2007 01:27:24 AM »

I like your bag so much better than Alloy's (Although I did just buy some really hot boots from them in their clearance), your bag has so much more character.
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2007 07:26:44 AM »

I love it! Those front pockets are perfect! Would you mind doing a mini tutorial for the pockets?  Grin

I agree w/ byonic_girl about the inspiration bag. I honestly don't know why the colored pleather/vinyl is supposed to be "in" this season. Sometimes those fashion designers who come up w/ some of this stuff make no sense to me...

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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2007 02:53:38 PM »

damn! that's awesome!!
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2007 06:06:44 PM »

Adorable! I love the fabric you chose, and I agree with everyone else: far better than Alloy's bag. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2007 05:20:18 AM »

Sailor Sam fabric is the best EVER!!! May I be so bold to ask where you got it?

That is a great bag!

« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2007 06:08:55 AM »

What a great bag! I can see why it's your new favorite! I might have to make one of my own..... (I have a chronic case of purse-envy-itis  Smiley )

I second poo head's request - can you do a tutorial for the pockets? I've tried to make them several times but they always come out wonky....
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2007 07:43:00 PM »

mega cute!! love love love

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« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2007 10:31:37 PM »

I got the fabric at Joann's.  Originally $5.99/yd, I was waiting to use a 40% off coupon and when I was finally going to get it, they had marked it down to clearance, $2/yd, so I bought the rest of it!  Almost 5 yards, ha!

But since it's clearanced fabric now, it's going to be a lot harder to find in their stores because once they're out, they're out.  And they don't even really track it in in-store yardage numbers anymore... (I work there, that's why I know).

So good luck finding it!

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