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« on: March 15, 2009 09:43:39 PM »

I came across this excellent pattern a week or so ago:  http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html

I did a test first as I had read others comments that the bag was small and if they made it again, it would be larger.  So, I made one and, yes, it was way too small.  It only fit my phone, wallet and glasses - even then it was at a pinch.  So I enlarged it by 25%.  Now it's the perfect size for me!!! 

I altered the pattern significantly.  When doing the pleats, they didn't match the contrasting band, so I winged the middle pleat and made a box pleat.  I put a mobile phone pocket instead of a flat one, added a zipper instead of a magnetic clasp and I sewed the strap between the outer and lining.  I also added interfacing to the contrasting band with great results!!  The lining is interfaced but the outer bottom isn't - it's a great result.  A bag with structure but not the 'stiffness' on the outside.

Then - the fabric!!!  That fantabulous linen/cotton print is titled 'Winter Nest' and is hand printed by a Sydney designer, Kristen Doran.  I bought a panel of this gorgeous fabric at the Stitches and Craft Show in Sydney, Australia last year.  I finally got to use it. 

Enough babbling - onto the pictures:



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This is the original sized bag from the pattern on top of the 25% bigger one:


Thanks for looking!  Wink

Edit:  I just realised that there is another post of these bags.....which sings the praises of this pattern.  I too, really love the scale of this bag.  Great pattern all round.  The only drawback (not for me - but perhaps someone else) is that you cannot sell the bags you make from this pattern.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009 11:04:19 PM »

* drool *

Looove the bag, esp the fabric
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009 02:20:13 AM »

I love everything about this bag.  I LOVE the fabric you used.  Once I can sew straight lines  Roll Eyes maybe I'll try to make one!
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009 03:26:55 AM »

it's so pretty! Hurray for the fabric being Aussie!
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009 04:58:22 AM »

beautiful! 

I don't see a problem with not being able to sell that bag because of the pattern, it's an unarguable excuse to keep it!
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009 05:54:09 AM »

The fabric is incredible. This bag is awesome! Would you say the original design was more clutch sized?
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009 06:15:27 AM »

oh man that's such a pretty bag AND it has a zipper! Huzzah! I will definitely have to make this once I get my hands on the right fabric Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009 11:42:11 AM »

Thanks for your lovely comments. 

I don't see a problem with not being able to sell that bag because of the pattern, it's an unarguable excuse to keep it!

LOL!!  There's one way to look at it!

The fabric is incredible. This bag is awesome! Would you say the original design was more clutch sized?

Yes.  The original size is more of a clutch.  It would be a great size if you liked clutch purses but didn't like carrying them in your hand.
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009 01:36:39 PM »

very cool! I love that you added a zip!
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009 03:48:18 PM »

Love the fabric!  great work!
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009 06:46:33 PM »

OooOooo how beautiful and absolutely unique!!! I'd almost kill for hand-printed fabric like that!!!
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009 08:15:59 PM »

I had bookmarked the original thread on the buttercup bag and am SO GLAD you posted this about the size and all.  I am going to make one and will definitely size it up a notch like you did.  Maybe I'll even try the zipper!
Nice work as usual, queenofdiy!!
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2009 08:43:05 PM »

that fabric is beautiful!!!! the colors, the shapes, everything. 

great job on the bags too  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2009 05:36:19 AM »

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I love  Your fabric choice it beautiful   Cheesy
 I used this pattern over the weeknd and made 2 bags for myself one orginal size and one bigger. I also added cellphone pocket and wooden rings to the handle .
 I am looking at your bag and I can not figure it out how did you put zipper there. Any tips? i would  like to know how to do that  Huh
Looks great...
 
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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2009 07:11:46 AM »

This is gorgeous, and I too am awed at the zipper.  It looks so professional!  And great tip about the sizing.  I might have to try this one....

Great job!
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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2009 07:44:23 AM »

Thanks for sharing the pattern! I will have to try it soon. I really like how you switched it up with the contrasting fabric.  Cool
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2009 11:14:33 AM »

That is sweet bag!  The fabric is completely gorgeous.  I love it!
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009 11:41:57 AM »

I am also curious as to how you did that zipper. The bag is amazing.
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009 12:38:39 PM »

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I love  Your fabric choice it beautiful   Cheesy
 I used this pattern over the weeknd and made 2 bags for myself one orginal size and one bigger. I also added cellphone pocket and wooden rings to the handle .
 I am looking at your bag and I can not figure it out how did you put zipper there. Any tips? i would  like to know how to do that  Huh

I'd love to see pictures of your bags!!  Wooden rings to the handles sound nice  Smiley .  What did you think of the original size?

As for the zipper, I'm making another one this weekend to donate to my boys' school's Mothers Day raffle, so I'll do a tutorial on the zipper if you like - it involves altering the pattern slightly - nothing hard though, I promise!!

I do not know the rules..but after you made so many changes to orginal pattern is it still buttercup pattern  Huh

That's a good question..... I don't know the answer either!!

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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2009 01:04:01 PM »

That fabric made me gasp and the bag is so cute! nice job resizing and such
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2009 02:25:18 PM »

OMG waaaaaaaaaaant

That is a seriously gorgeous bag. That FABRIC! I almost cried when you said you got it at a show, I was all set to go buy some.
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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2009 05:25:06 PM »

I don't have words to tell you how much I love that bag!  Smiley I've also bookmarked that lovely pattern, but now I don't know if I'll make it...I think you set the bar waaaay too high!
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« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2009 10:16:51 PM »

OMG waaaaaaaaaaant

That is a seriously gorgeous bag. That FABRIC! I almost cried when you said you got it at a show, I was all set to go buy some.

The fabric designer does have an online shop!!  http://kristendorandesign.blogspot.com/  And....she posts overseas...

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« Reply #23 on: March 20, 2009 05:53:45 PM »

I'm making one of these right now and I agree it is a bit small, but it's such an adorable pattern that I'll just live with it.  Smiley 

Very very nice job on both, but especially the larger one - I LOVE the fabrics you chose.  Gorgeous. 
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« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2009 09:35:53 PM »

This is an awesome bag.  I really like the changes you made from the original pattern.  I'm always afraid to do that....     The fabric you used is wonderful. 
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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2009 10:49:03 AM »

I keep checking back on this thread for the zipper tutorial and then I have to remind myself that it's just the weekend now and you probably haven't got it done yet.  Smiley You're bag is beautiful and inspiring.  I'm looking forward to learning how to add the zipper like you did.  Thanks!!!
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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2009 01:37:59 PM »

I haven't forgotten about this - I've been sick as a dog the last few days.  Now I'm feeling better, I'll try and finish it up this afternoon after work.   Wink
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« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2009 10:12:09 PM »

awww... that stinks!! Feel better soon!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2009 03:12:00 AM »

OK.  It's up!!!   I've done a new topic for the tutorial so you don't have to 'sift' through the pages to get to the tutorial on the alterations I made to the Buttercup Bag:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298323.0

Enjoy!!  Wink
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« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2009 07:35:44 AM »

yay!!! I'm so excited about this bag.  Thanks so much for the tutorial!!!
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« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2009 02:45:22 PM »

I absolutely love the fabric you've used for this bag - sadly it works out rather pricey to get a panel shipped over the the UK!
I'm waiting for some fabric to arrive in the post to make my first Buttercup bag soon Smiley
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