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« on: October 16, 2008 09:39:36 PM »

I thought it was funny to see more recent posts about this fabulous bag - I just finished my first one tonight and I have some great fabric to do a few more.  SO COOL!  I must admit, I was a bit flustered by the handle directions too - but figured it out eventually.  So here's my version - (a little bit wrinkly after being folded in its pouch) - thanks a million for this tutorial!


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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008 10:06:12 PM »

Nice work! I love your fabrics. I'm going to have to try making one of these bags also. The ones you buy at the store are so bulky.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008 12:17:07 AM »

Gorgeous fabric! I need a birthday present this weekend, and really should go whip up a couple.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008 03:23:19 AM »

I have been wanting to make some of these but I just can't seem to picture how the handles are done and this has stopped me from making them.  Can you explain how the handles are done??

Love the fabric you used for the lining!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008 03:54:14 AM »

Those colors are so nice together. I made a few without linings, but I'm sure a lined one is a bit  more durable. For mine, I serged the seams. For a friend, I made french seams to make it a bit neater. 
As to the handles, from what this one looks like, it is done the same way as a plastic, disposable shopping bag, so take a look at one of those where it is folded over on itself and melted, rather than sewn together.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2008 06:26:54 AM »

Gosh - it really isn't complicated - just a little tricky....lets see if I can explain it.  First I sewed across the front fabric - pushing the lining down as in the directions - (I think that part is clear enough) - but when you get to the end I back stitched then moved the needle over to the lining fabric - pinching the right sides together.  Its kind of a tight fit, but you can maneuver the lining fabric around so that you've sewn right sides of that together too - just looks like kind of a mess until you push everything back into place.  I think the key to getting this done is make sure you've left a big enough opening at the end of the handle - (I found that leaving 2" open instead of the 1 1/2 makes it easier.)  Not sure if this helped - its kind of an odd visual.....
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2008 11:40:01 AM »

Your fabric choice is wonderful!  I've been meaning to make one of these since I first saw the tutorial.  I will definately give it a try now.  All I've seen produced by this tutorial are wonderful bags!
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2008 12:21:58 PM »

Made one of these bags out of "try it out" fabric and it turned out GREAT.  I'm going to make a few more.
I had no trouble with the handles as they are done the same way as some lined sundresses' shoulders. In fact my husband thought the bag was the top of a dress, and he said, "you could wear that in an emergency!"
Maybe we need a new name for these bags?  If the quilt that folds up into its own bag is a "quillow,"  what would you call the bag that folds up into its bag??  Any ideas??
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2008 02:26:26 PM »

Oh - quillow is cute - or what about "Abra caBAGra" - haha - my granddaughter thought it was kinda magical. Smiley
To show my true obsession here - I made three more today....(I LOVE picking out the fabrics and got to use a few that I've had for a while but wasn't sure what to do with!)



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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2008 05:49:07 PM »

Gosh - it really isn't complicated - just a little tricky....lets see if I can explain it.  First I sewed across the front fabric - pushing the lining down as in the directions - (I think that part is clear enough) - but when you get to the end I back stitched then moved the needle over to the lining fabric - pinching the right sides together.  Its kind of a tight fit, but you can maneuver the lining fabric around so that you've sewn right sides of that together too - just looks like kind of a mess until you push everything back into place.  I think the key to getting this done is make sure you've left a big enough opening at the end of the handle - (I found that leaving 2" open instead of the 1 1/2 makes it easier.)  Not sure if this helped - its kind of an odd visual.....

Thank you.... you make it sound pretty easy... I'm going to try to make one tonight.. Thanks
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