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Topic: Two more new bags - I can't stop making bags! *Mini-tut added for Zip bag*  (Read 5131 times)
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stacijane
« on: February 22, 2008 04:29:00 PM »

My daughter wanted me to make her a bag so we went fabric shopping and this is what she picked.  We came up with a design together and here's the result:




The next is a copy of a reuseable shopping bag I saw at Target.  I broke down and spent the .99 so I could figure out how to make it! Wink

All closed up:


Unzipped and partly opened up:


All the way opened:



What do you think?  Comments always appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008 04:39:06 PM »

great job! The first one is really cute! Is it quilted?
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008 04:48:58 PM »

Yes, it is.  She wanted a quilted bag so I sandwiched the fabric, quilt batting and the heavy weight interfacing.  I used a ruler to draw the grid pattern on the interfacing and went to town with my sewing machine!  It's easy, but time consuming and uses a lot of thread!
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008 04:49:55 PM »

Love them!

I bought that same bag from Target with the same intent!  I, however, haven't tackled it yet.  Looks like you did a great job!
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008 04:51:27 PM »

Thanks!  It was suprisingly easy.  Of course, I took the Target bag apart as soon as I got home and then didn't get around to making one right away, so it took a little while to figure out how it all went together again!
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008 04:59:52 PM »

That first bag is so sweet and I'm sure your daughter loves it.  Great colors in it, too.  And that second one is fantastic also!
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008 05:46:43 PM »

fantastic bags!
the first one is just beautiful!
and the second one is such a great idea,
woohoo!
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008 06:28:31 PM »

that first bag is so cute i love the fabrics especially together and the ribbon. supreme. the shape is very cute too
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2008 06:31:08 PM »

Ooooooohhhhh.... i love that 'Target' bag.  would you happen to have a pattern for it?
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2008 06:53:11 AM »

Thank you for the nice feedback everyone! 
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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2008 08:15:09 AM »

I think they are great! Congratulations!
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2008 11:34:05 AM »

I don't have a "pattern" but the Target bag is super easy to do.  You need a zipper (mine was 17" and I cut the extra off) and fabric to construct the tote (you can decide how big you want it - I think mine is about 17 x 17), handles, and the pocket.

To make the zip pocket part you will cut a square of the pocket material to be around 7x7.  Press under 1/4" on all 4 sides.  Turn over wrong side up.  Find the center of one of the sides and start pinning your opened zipper to the bag as shown in the very crude diagram below. Smiley



Once you have this all sewn up, attach it, right side up to the front of the bag, just as you would any pocket.  I usually position the zipper pull at the top and leave that edge open.

Now Just finish constructing your bag as you normally would.  After I have the bag all finished, I press the folds to make it easier to fold up.  Fold the bottom up, press, then the top and press (you'll have to fiddle with the handles some), then each side.  Fold the whole package in half and zip it up!  Viola!  After it's all folded and zipped I press is some more with lots of steam to really set it in.

I'd love to see any that you come up with! 
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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2008 12:56:10 PM »

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it looks great, I have to try it...i will let you know if I do
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« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2008 03:03:34 PM »

Both the bags are really pretty, and thanks for the tute on the shopping bag.  I love that the shopping bag folds up into itself, and that the zipper pouch is so compact.  I think I'm going to give this bag a try!
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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2008 05:08:37 PM »

i love the flowers from the fabric, they look so cute  Shocked and the match with the red makes the flowers look better
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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2008 07:28:29 PM »

i love the fabric for your daughter's bag and i adore the ribbon ties on the side.  i think i may have to "borrow" that idea for my next purse!   Grin
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2008 08:50:41 AM »

Love them! Your daughter's bag is especially awesome. The fabrics look great together!
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2008 01:29:20 AM »

realy nice ^^ I totally love the fabric of the first one
And the idea of the second one. It comes in very handy if you haven't got enough bags to carry all the stuff you bought :p
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« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2008 08:07:36 AM »

I like your shopping bag idea - thanks for the mini tutorial. Making one w/o the zipper would be a great way to carry all these zipped up bags.
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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2008 04:28:18 PM »

What a great idea on the pocket zipper!  It's kind of like using the zipper as piping around the outside of the pocket.  This idea would work great with a lot of different tote bags.

Thanks for something really innovative!
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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2008 07:25:27 PM »

omg, i love love love the first purse!!! I wanna make one, how did u do it??
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