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« on: June 07, 2009 10:50:54 PM »

OK green it is and green too because it keeps me from using plastic or paper bags.
I love the lining both because it has cows on it and also because I can store my buttons from the last election on the inside and smile every time I put some lettuce inside and see them.

Pattern is one I made by cutting up a freebie give-away conference type bag.

Meg Rose

« Last Edit: June 07, 2009 10:51:54 PM by MegRoseSews » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009 12:00:22 AM »

I love the fabric. The construction looks more sturdy and open than mine. It looks like it has the shape of a paper bag, but with straps. Mine is soft like plastic bags. The soft ones tend to collapse inward and can squish things. I like it.

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009 05:34:25 AM »

good job.  The straps look longer than I have seen most made.  Can you put it over your shoulder? If so, how long did you make them?

« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2009 09:16:19 AM »

Hey thanks to both of you for commenting. It always makes me feel real!

I went and dug around in the kitchen to find it and measured my straps. They are each just under 2 feet, 23 inches, long (finished). Yes, very comfortable over the shoulder. I just finished a little purse out of a wider-than-typical fabric. I made the one strap 48 inches long. It also attaches to the purse with key rings on tabs which add another few inches. It goes across my body which I like a lot. I'm going to post it soon.

I originally made this bag as an outer fabric only bag and it WAS too squishy. After getting indoctrinated by Lori's SewForthNow podcasts (love them) on how she makes bags, I added a layer of somewhat stiff iron on interfacing and my striped cow lining. Yes, I like having it stand up stiff too. I've since started a lot more attention into how much internal structure I want in purses and bags. Am surprised at what it can take and haven't settled on perfect combo of fusible batting, interfacing,etc. Also I tend to use what I have on hand which isn't always perfect.


« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2009 10:32:49 AM »

that's so cute!
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2009 05:00:08 PM »

Very cute and very well done.
I like the cow and stripe fabric. My sister would be thrilled with it.
Congratulations on making a stand up bag: They're the most popular at the checkstand.
I developed an allergy to plastic a few years back: When I made the switch to exclusively cloth, it took me 10 months to work my way through the plastic grocery bags I'd accumulated.
I carry a fold-up bag with me all the time, because I don't know where I might end up: I usually  end up buying something when I'm out and about.
Your bag looks great. Congratulations.

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2009 07:21:41 AM »

I love the tote.  And I especially love the Obama button.
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