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Topic: My first bag (and machine sewn project!) - Shabby Chic-ish Flower Tote  (Read 2353 times)
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« on: August 26, 2008 08:07:52 AM »

Hi,
This is my first ever bag (and machine sewn project actually!) and I'd love to hear your suggestions for next time etc. I made it from a tutorial (I can try and find the link if any of you want it) but for parts I just had to guess - also it's just made out of scraps (hence why the back has a seam down the middle!)

I added a flower pin because I felt it needed something and that fabric kind of compliments it (please tell me if you disagree!). As it was my first attempt I wasn't expecting to actually want to use it so I didn't put a fastener on it, with hindsight I probably should have!

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P.S. I forgot to say that I made the straps really long because I like long bags (the tutorial wanted shorter ones). Also, oops I hadn't ironed it when I took pics!

Thanks, constructive criticism is always appreciated!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008 08:21:43 AM »

Looks great! Nice job. I would topstitch the top edge of the bag to keep the lining from poofing out. Also, I like the flower pin. It's a nice little accent!


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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008 08:24:12 AM »

I think that bag is very pretty!  I like the style and the colors, and it looks really well made!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008 08:25:23 AM »

You can still add a fastener after the fact. I love the fabric you used, and that it's made of scraps. The flower pin does make a cute Shabby chic accent. Good job!
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008 08:28:32 AM »

Looks great! Nice job. I would topstitch the top edge of the bag to keep the lining from poofing out. Also, I like the flower pin. It's a nice little accent!


Thanks for the advice, I didn't actually know what topstitching is so I ignored it, but now it makes sense!
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2008 11:52:28 AM »

i love it  Grin can u please tell me how to make the flower pin thanx it goes well
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008 02:10:31 PM »

you did a GREAT job lining up the floral pattern on the back side of the bag! it's super cute, and topstitching will only make it look better Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2008 05:37:32 AM »

Topstitching was a great idea, it looks more sharp and finished now but before it was all puffy! I haven't taken a new pic yet, but I'm sure you get the jist of what it'll look like. Thanks for the suggestions!

Mixedchick: hehe thanks but that was completely accidental! I just attached 2 scraps together so that I could have a piece large enough for the back part!

Youngandcrafty: The flower pin is really easy to make! I made it using a tutorial, which I think is saved on my laptop upstairs (so I'll post it next time I'm there).  If I can't find it I'll just PM you and explain how!
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2008 02:21:09 PM »

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Lovely bag! & great for a first attempt!! Wink Love the fabric & the little flower on it too.
I have a pattern in a craft book of mine to make a little fabric rose, and seeing your bag has given me an idea for another bag!
 If you're this good to start off with, then please keep us all posted with the next bags you make!!! Can't wait to see them!!!! Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2008 09:09:18 AM »

Very nice.  And I agree, please keep us posted on future bags.
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