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« on: February 19, 2005 08:46:30 AM »

Hey guys,
here is my first attempt at a bag and at sewing by machine. I did not use a commercial pattern because I'm not sure I would be able to understand those yet, but instead just cut a pattern from cardboard. I added the piping as the last step, but I screwed it up a bit as I had difficulty sewing the outer fabric, lining and piping at once. Anyway, what do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2005 08:47:53 AM »

Very cute!  And I love the fabric.  It reminds me of a pair of overalls my mom made me when I was little.  'Course that was in the 70's.....but hey, I still love the fabric!

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2005 08:51:09 AM »

it looks very cool i myself have just finished a messsenger bag.  i didn't use a pattern either i just used my humunguos imagination lol. it reminds me of a christmas tree.  though that's not a bad thing.  by the way how did you do the piping i've never tried it?  the bag is very cute great job 

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2005 11:24:08 AM »

awesome bag, patterns sometimes do make things more difficult, although I think kwik sews are great....the trick with piping is to baste it to the edge first using a zipper foot and to round any corners it has to go around ( empty spools work great for marking it ) then its easier to sew the rest of the item without things shifting around, the basting line also gives you the benefit of seeing where to sew when its sandwiched in between the two fabrics.

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2005 01:26:34 PM »

Thanks guys!! Smiley
Yeah, it does look kind of 70s, kind of christmas-y, eh? I don't know why I never saw that when I was picking the fabrics out.
Dyabolica, thanks for the advice! Basting is a great idea, and I will do this for sure next time.
Thanks again guys.

« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2005 11:57:31 PM »

Great job! so pretty!
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2005 06:19:22 AM »

Great Bag! I just made two messenger bags last month and I can understand were it can be a great help to have a good pattern!!

I love the piping...I'll have to add that to my next one!

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2005 05:25:38 PM »

Very Cute! I love it, if I have time I DEFINATELY want to make one! Were the flowers already in the cord fabric or did you sew them on yourself?
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2005 11:20:29 PM »

Gorgeous!! Were the flowers already on the fabric or did you embroider them?

« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2005 05:10:38 AM »

Thank you, again Smiley
No, I didn't embroider the flowers, they are part of the fabric. There were lots of embroidered corduroys at the fabric store at the time and I grabbed a couple thinking they were so cute; Its a great idea to embroider it yourself, though.

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