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favoritegirl
« on: January 05, 2008 03:08:56 PM »

This is really one of the best bags I've made.  I was so nervous about getting it right with the fancy Amy Butler print that it took me a whole day and about 15 episodes of the real world on my computer to finish it.



The only thing that really bothers me about it is that the lining kind of sags on the inside, and isn't really flush against the outer fabric.  I used fleece for the lining and fusible interfacing for the outside, so that's probably why.  But can anyone give me a good way to sew the lining and outer fabrics together (as one piece) so you don't have to wrestle to get the lining to fit perfectly inside?  I used the easy peasy tote tutorial for this and most of my bags, and that's the only problem I end up having.



I really like that I used fleece to line the handle, it's comfortable even with my laptop inside.



Sorry this post is so long, and thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2008 03:37:20 PM »

i love it!!! super cute  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2008 05:19:43 PM »

I love the fabric...Wonderful job!!
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mimiw
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2008 05:25:57 PM »

The only thing that really bothers me about it is that the lining kind of sags on the inside, and isn't really flush against the outer fabric.  I used fleece for the lining and fusible interfacing for the outside, so that's probably why.  But can anyone give me a good way to sew the lining and outer fabrics together (as one piece) so you don't have to wrestle to get the lining to fit perfectly inside?

I cut my inside piece a smidgen smaller that my outside one and that usually helps keep it pretty taught.  I usually find that if I cut them exactly the same size my inner one is just too big.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2008 05:52:26 PM »

I think you did fabulous! I usually cut my liner a smidgen smaller too like mimiw said.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2008 07:06:17 PM »

Lovely work! I wouldn't worry too much about the lining, but thanks to mimiw and Babyangel for the tip -- I will definitely try that with my next bag!
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2008 07:43:56 PM »

You did an awesome job!! Love that fabric!!
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2008 08:34:31 PM »

Instead of cutting the lining smaller you can just use a slightly larger seam allowance for the lining then on the bag (example if you use a .5" seam on the front use a 5/8" seam on the lining.)  That might help ya a bit
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2008 09:00:40 PM »

Thanks to everyone for your comments and suggestions!  I'll definitely use a bigger seam allowance and/or cut smaller for the lining next time.
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2008 09:55:30 PM »

Looks great!  Love the strap idea (comfy felt).  Good tips from the others, too Smiley.
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