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Oh, not you. We named the monkey Jack.

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« on: April 20, 2008 08:19:42 AM »

Heres my latest bag.
I saw this paw fabric at Spotlight the other day and had to hold back a girlish squeal of excitement  Grin
(plus it was on special  Grin)
I've been itching to make a bag since.
This is a really simple design, I made the handles thinner than I wanted, but I think they will be ok.
I didn't add pockets, basically because I wanted to see if the bag worked, but if I make it again I will.
I really should be in bed but I had to finish it (You know how that is !) and my machine was being a #@$%^&%.
The lining is a yummy fabric from Ikea.
thanks for looking

Ok I have a little time, so lets get started on the tute.
First pick some funky fabric and lining fabric.
I think a medium weight cotton fabric would be best but hey, experiment, its your bag!

I have drawn a pic of the pattern and will scan and do something better soon.

Basically it looks a lot like a pair of lips.

Place your pattern on the fold. This is the time to move the pattern around so you get the print where you want it, like the paw print in the middle of the bag for example.
the top of the lips is the top of your bag.

Cut two pieces of each lining and outer fabric.

oops I nearly forgot, I havent added a seam allowance to the bag, I usually add one cm,

 and by the way if you forget to add the seam ( like you will see in the photo, I did at the bottom) it should be ok, just use the fabric you cut as a pattern so all the pieces are the same.

The handle/straps are 9 cm by 80 cms and you need two.

The best and easiest way to sew these is to iron them in half
(I know I hate ironing too, but this is good, trust me)

then iron the edges, one at a time into the middle.

then iron them folded into the middle,

tada! no exposed edges.

sew a topstitch down each side of the handles

(I line the edge up with the inside of my sewing machine foot, its pretty easy that way)

sit back and admire your georgous handles.

Now take your pattern peices and lay them right side to right side.

Pin and sew along the bottom of the pieces, backstitching at the end.

Turn one piece in the "right way" and tuck inside the other, so the right sides are to right sides.

Measure in from the side seam 10 cm and pin one end of a handle.( pin to the right side of fabric)

do the same at the other end, making sure the handle is not twisted.

tuck inside the bag, between the fabrics.

sew around the top of the bag, double stitching where the handles are.

Leave enough room to put at least your hand and backstitch.

Turn your bag in the right way through this hole
(my favorite part!)

now go and iron your bag, at least around the top, so you get a nice smooth edge to sew on.

Go on, Ill wait, this will make your bag look so much better when you post the finished pics, trust me.

Ok now your bag should look like this

pin the hole closed
topstitch once or twice around the whole top of the bag, whatever you like.

make a fold over the strap section and pin

make a fold to the edge of the bag, the same size, and pin

Make another fold on the other side of the handle and pin

Do this to all four straps, your bag will now look like this

Stitch over topstitcing to hold fold in place, double stitching at joins

snip any threads and voila!

Hope it is useful

heres another one I made while making the tute

« Last Edit: April 23, 2008 06:44:46 AM by ScrappySue - Reason: rest of tute added » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2008 08:28:19 AM »

So cute!  Is it reversible?  You did an excellent job!

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008 08:31:02 AM »

I guess it could be reversable, the seams are all hidden, I really just turned it inside out to show the lining.
What do you know, I now have two bags, haha!
Pleased as punch.  Grin
Heading off to bed happy now, night all

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2008 08:48:31 AM »

Oh! I LOVE it! Would you consider a tutorial? It would be perfect as a dance bag... Grin
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2008 09:14:43 AM »

I like the shape of the bag, it really fits well with the colors of both fabric. Nice job Wink

« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2008 09:19:42 AM »

I LIKE it - great work!
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2008 09:37:17 AM »

really cute purse! i love the style and the fabrics you used!! what makes it even better is that it's reversible! amazing job!

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2008 09:51:31 AM »

I love the shape and the fabrics you used!

It would be great if you would consider a tutorial  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2008 10:40:06 AM »

I love that bag great job. You are so talented.
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2008 10:56:33 AM »

very cute fabric!

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