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« Reply #120 on: May 27, 2008 07:15:14 AM »

Thanks everyone...I just finished my bag. I LOVE it.  Just in time too, we are moving next week and taking a month vacation, so it'll come in handy.  I think I'll have craft withdrawals!! Smiley It wasn't as bad as I expected.  I did make my own piping which I found to be the toughest part along with sewing all the layers together. But as long as I took my time, it wasn't too bad.  I didn't put metal feet on it though. I was too worried I'd mess it up...maybe the next one. I'll try to post a picture but I'm not sure how.  

« Reply #121 on: May 27, 2008 01:23:13 PM »

Bandwife, it looks fantastic, great job!!!
« Reply #122 on: May 27, 2008 01:26:55 PM »

My favourite bag in my favourite fabric!
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« Reply #123 on: June 02, 2008 04:18:25 AM »

Great job everyone... ive been watching for a bit Smiley

Now the big news....
Im midway through FOUR weekenders atm, for a family holiday. Quite enjoying it though, theyre all nearly at final construction point. Will try and take some progress shots, but will definately take some finished shots of them all (The 4 are all different too.. for my stepfather - tools, for my brother - our football team colours with an embroidery of their logo, for my mother - roses, and for me - a geometric flower print).

But right this moment I need a favour... since I have a really badly sprained ankle (cant even shower myself) Im staying at my parents and grabbed some stuff to work on the bags from my place today... what I really need to do is cut strips for making the bias binding/cotton cord cover ... but I left the pattern with the measurements at my house (I know how, just not exactly the dimensions) ... from memory its about 1 inch wide and no idea how long? (I do have my piping cord with me, but I know the length is longer than the bias binding needs to be)

So can someone pleaseeeeeee look at their pattern and tell me how wide and long my fabric strips for the bias binding for one bag needs to be? Itll mean I can do a whole bunch of work whilst im here, since I cant walk or anything, cept to hobble from one spot to another with my crutches.

On a side note... at the hospital before getting xrays on my ankle, I laughed to my mother saying 'at least its not my sewing foot!' haha. Good to see my priorities!
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« Reply #124 on: June 02, 2008 11:54:41 AM »

I don't have the pattern but from looking at pictures of the finished bags it looks like you need enough length to go around the perimeter of each side plus the top of each exterior pocket. (Width of bag X 6 (Front & back, top and bottom + 2 pocket top edges) + Height of bag X 4 (Front & Back, left and right sides)).  Be sure to measure at the widest part and add at least 1/4 yard for wiggle room.  As far as width goes, 1 inch sounds very small.  You can guesstimate the width by folding a piece of fabric around your cording and be sure you have enough extra for the seam allowance that you are using for the rest of the bag.  (Seam allowance X 2 + cord circumference).  If you haven't already figured this out I hope this helps.  I know what it feels like to be tied to a chair or crutches.  I spent 4 months on a roll-about last Fall but mine was my "sewing" foot so I was beginning to go a bit crazy.  Hope all goes well with your recovery. 
« Reply #125 on: June 05, 2008 01:12:01 AM »

Kirbay831, hopefully by now you have figured out your pipping question, but just in case, the pattern calls for 5 yards of fabric 1 1/2" cut. I also hope you ankle is feeling better.

I've just cut out all the pieces for my first AB weekender bag and came here to look for some tips. Loved the pics of the bags you ladies have posted so far and certainly appreciate the tips and suggestions along the way. This bag is *supposed* to be for my niece for Christmas but after everything I have read maybe I'll be wanting to keep  it for myself when I am done.  Roll Eyes
« Reply #126 on: June 05, 2008 03:46:43 AM »

kirbay, not sure if it's too late but I was going to suggest not doing 1 continuous piece of piping as the instructions suggest.  The 2nd time I made the bag, I cut and sewed piping for each section of the bag.  The bag is about 17" wide so I made 2 piping pieces for the main pocket panels about 18-19", then I measured around the bag and made piping to go all the way around that.  I found it easier that way and then I didn't have to keep cutting down the one long piece of piping to fit.  does that make sense at all?

anyway, can't wait to see the finished product!
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« Reply #127 on: June 28, 2008 07:06:06 AM »

thanks for the helps guy, sorry for not getting back sooner!

All 4 bags got done for our 4 day holiday, and worked perfectly! I was soooo proud. I've got pics of mine, for now, since I havent taken any of all of them.. I will though!

I must admit, I didnt find this too bad, thinking that maybe if I'd not made 4 at once it wouldnt have been that bad, haha.. Will post the others at some point.

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« Reply #128 on: June 28, 2008 02:36:06 PM »

Your bag looks great! Good job!

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« Reply #129 on: June 28, 2008 04:15:14 PM »

I've been looking for a bag to make for my MIL. This one looks like a it might work out well. 
It looks really nice in all the fabric.

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