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Topic: TUTORIAL - Getting That Perfect Sized Bag...and Great Pockets Too! [Text Only]  (Read 4953 times)
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« on: August 26, 2008 10:50:27 PM »

I always get asked what size my purses are and subsequently asked what size I cut the fabric, so I thought I'd share my sizing "tricks" as well as a requested mini-pocket tute all in one post. I hope this is okay and doesn't violate any rules since I am not actually showing a finished purse.

And also allow me to say that although I devised the following formulas on my own by trial and error, I do not claim them to be "mine". I know I can't be the only person to figure this out and maybe not even the first to post the info on here, but I personally haven't seen such a post. I will just be happy to know that I have helped at least a few fellow Craftsters out there. Lord knows, I have learned a LOT here myself. So here we go!

The following formulas turn desired purse/pocket size into fabric cutting size in a jiffy. No headaches, no seam-ripping marathons and no wasted fabric!!!

Please refer to the super-fantastic JORDY tutorial for actual purse assembly instructions if need be.

Purse Size/Fabric Size Formula

fabric height = finished height + HALF of bottom "depth" + seam allowance X 2
fabric width = finished width + WHOLE bottom "depth" + seam allowance X 2
lining = fabric height - .25 of an inch X fabric width

Pocket Size/Fabric Size Formula

The width of the pocket fabric will always be the same width as your main purse pieces.
The height is personal choice, but generally the taller the purse is, the deeper the pockets should be.

pocket width = width of fabric cut for purse
pocket height = double the desired height + seam allowance

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Example(based on 1/2 seam allowance):

Say you want a finished purse to measure 10 inches tall, 12 inches wide, with a bottom "depth" of 4 inches. In addition, you would like 5 inch deep pockets.

For body of purse:
height: 10+2+1=13
width: 12+4+1=17

So, cut your fabric 13 inches tall X 17 inches wide with a 2 inch square cut out from bottom two corners.
The lining will be 12.75 inches tall X 17 inches wide also with a 2 inch square cut out from bottom two corners.  

Pockets
height: 5 X 2 + .5 = 10.5
width: 17


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Perfect Pocket Mini-Tute

Fold pocket fabric in half, lengthwise, with right sides facing
Sew along the raw edges on the long side.
Turn, press and topstitch along folded edge if desired.
Place pocket on one of the lining pieces.
Align the bottom edge of pocket 1 inch above the squares you cut out from the bottom and pin in place.
Stitch along bottom edge of pocket.
To divide the pocket into 2 medium pockets and 2 pencil/pen pockets, mark and stitch straight down the center of the pocket from topstitch to bottom seam.
Then mark and stitch straight down to the inside corner of both cutout squares.


EASY PEASY!

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008 06:58:25 AM »

Thank you!!
Math was never my strong suit.  Smiley  You've simplified this for me!
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008 07:35:44 AM »

see, im happy now. ive helped one person, lol.  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2008 07:45:01 AM »

Thanks for sharing this. I'm definitely bookmarking it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008 08:30:42 AM »

HOW AWESOME!!!! THANK YOU!!!  YOU ROCK!!!!!  Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2008 10:26:00 AM »

Thanks a lot !  This really helps Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2008 04:10:19 PM »

what great timing...I was thinking last night about how I would make a bag bigger without screwing it up!  Very generous of you to share your knowledge....thanks.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2008 06:18:55 PM »

Perfect Pocket Mini-Tute

Fold pocket fabric in half, lengthwise, with right sides facing
Sew along the raw edges on the long side.
Turn, press and topstitch along folded edge if desired.
Place pocket on one of the lining pieces.
Align the bottom edge of pocket 1 inch above the squares you cut out from the bottom and pin in place.
Stitch along bottom edge of pocket.
To divide the pocket into 2 medium pockets and 2 pencil/pen pockets, mark and stitch straight down the center of the pocket from topstitch to bottom seam.
Then mark and stitch straight down to the inside corner of both cutout squares.

Okay - so I read it like 20 times and kept thinking, how do ya finish the top edge?  The I realized "fold" in half "lenghthwise" - so the fold is the finished top edge, the sides, obviously, are the long sides sewn facing and turned, and the raw edge opposite the top gets seamed in?  Or raw edge folded over and stitched? - BRILLIANT!  Man, I so suck at visualizing these things - I'm just glad somebody else can figure it out and explain it to me!
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2008 07:52:01 PM »

 Grin Grin Grin

YAY!!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2008 05:05:07 AM »

merci pour ces explications
thanks!!
i will try
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