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« on: March 07, 2009 10:31:07 PM »

Here is another zippered bag that I made. This was a custom order for someone who saw these bags I posted about: handbag and tote. I hope she doesn't mind I'm sharing it but I love the fabric so much! It's Amy Butler's Water Lotus in Spinach and the accents are just a light blue canvas. The lining is a pretty green print from Jo-Ann Fabrics.








I made the bottom very stiff with Pellon 70, so it stays flat and helps the bag to stand up on its own. I really love self supporting bags! This is actually just filled with tissue paper to puff it out a bit, otherwise it's on its own. The topstitching is light blue thread that matches the canvas. Oh and the zipper is centered, I just couldn't get a good lining shot from further away.

I made it a bit bigger than my prototype tote, it is 19" wide at top, 15" wide at the bottom, 12.5" high and 5" deep. Really a great sized tote, I currently carry the prototype and I can't seem to fill it up. But the handbag version was too small! My neverending quest to find the perfect sized bag...

What do you think of this new variation? Comments and criticism welcome! Thanks for looking  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009 12:04:59 AM »

I love it! You've got skills for sure!!
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009 04:53:27 AM »

Your bags are so awesome! Your choice of fabrics, your style, everything just fits perfectly together! Great job! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009 05:19:56 AM »

What a great job!  I love the design - keep up the good work!
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009 05:09:32 PM »

Perfect size and shape for a bag, and of course great fabric!  Nice job!
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2009 05:32:44 PM »

Love the fabric.  Great bag. 

In your experience, where the ring holds are sewn on, is that strong enough to hold lots of weight?  I've always wondering how to be confident in how much weight a bag can take.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009 06:09:15 PM »

oneyedsally:   I love this purse.  Have you thought about selling the pattern/tutorial on your etsy site?
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2009 08:03:39 PM »

Very classy addition to your other bags! (And yeah, I also love the fabric!)
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009 09:51:52 AM »

The fabric is a great choice! I bought a bit extra and Amy Butler has some other colorways that are just gorgeous so I can't wait to do more. Thanks for the compliments everyone!

Love the fabric.  Great bag. 

In your experience, where the ring holds are sewn on, is that strong enough to hold lots of weight?  I've always wondering how to be confident in how much weight a bag can take.

I have never had any problems, and I have done them several different ways. If the bag is open at the top you can trap the tab between the exterior and lining fabrics - this will be the sturdiest way I think as long as the tab is in far enough. In the beginning of my bagmaking days I tried to skimp on my seams and it would pull out. I wasn't sure if this would look right with the zipper though. The second way is to do it like you see on most commercial bags where the tab is folded over the same way as before (except no raw edges), but attached with a box stitch to the front of the bag. Box stitches are very sturdy and I think are practically impossible to rip out. The third way is like I did on this bag. This way I have had no problems so far (and I carry the tote size every day) because they are triple stitched on plus backstitched at each end.

oneyedsally:   I love this purse.  Have you thought about selling the pattern/tutorial on your etsy site?

Actually I don't sell my patterns, just the actual bags! This style will be appearing soon.  Smiley
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