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« on: March 28, 2005 05:48:10 PM »

TUTORIAL!

I tried to be as clear as I could, but if you have any questions, just ask! Also, if you need a photo of any of these steps, Id be happy to take one. Smiley


For these tote bags, youll need:
.5 yard outer fabric
.5 yard lining fabric
1 yard medium heavy to strong interfacing, depending on your preferences
4 extra-large eyelets
Extra-large eyelet kit, if youve never used extra-large eyelets before
1.5 yards grosgrain ribbon
1 magnetic snap

1. Cut out your materials. For the pattern, use a 15"x12" rectangle with 3" squares cut out of two of the corners.  I cut 36"x4" straps.  You'll need 2 outside pieces, 2 inside pieces, and 2 strap pieces.

For the outer material, I usually like to use some sort of cotton calico, and interface it with very strong fusible interfacing. For the interior, I use satin or some other kind of polyester blend. These are just suggestions, though; you can use any fabric you want!

2. The main bag portion is assembled according to Jordy's tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 First, assemble the lining and the bag portion SEPARATELY. Sew the straps, too. Press all seams. This is what youll have:



3. Now its time to sew the ribbon. How much ribbon you use depends on how long you want the tails of the bow to be, but you need at least 1.5 yards. I use grosgrain in varying widths, but I definitely wouldnt go smaller than 7/8. Its too hard to sew on otherwise!

Pin the ribbon to the outer bag. Start by marking the middle point of the bag. I generally just eyeball how far up to put the ribbon, but you can measure it if you want. Then, start pinning, leaving a tail of ribbon in front. Pin all the way around. When you get back to where you started, pin the ribbon down about 1 inch away from the other ribbon tail and snip the tails so that theyre the same length. Heres what it will look like:



4. Sew all the way around, close to the top of the ribbon. Then, take all of the pins out and, if necessary, re-pin the ribbon. You will need to sew the bottom of the ribbon down, too, and this is sometimes hard if the head of your pins are getting in the way of the sewing needle.

It might be tempting to not re-pin the ribbon, but it turns out neater this way, I promise. If you dont re-pin it, the grosgrain tends to twist on a bias, especially with thinner ribbon.

Now, sew all the way around again, close to the bottom of the ribbon.

Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the tails to your liking.

5. Attach the magnetic snap to the lining. I measure and mark the middle of the lining, about 1 inches down from the top. If you use a thin lining, you might want to interface a small square behind the snap to make it sturdier. Also, see the magnetic snap tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33694.0

6. Now, sew the lining to the bag according to the Jordy tutorial, but keep the straps separate!!! Pull the bag out through the hole you left in the lining and topstitch the hole in the lining with matching thread.

7. Press the top seam open and put the lining into the bag. Stitch around the top of the bag (like in the Jordy tutorial) for a neater edge.

8. Take a deep breath, because now youre going to have to cut holes in your pretty new bag. This is nerve-wracking the first time you do it, but its pretty much impossible to screw up, so dont worry!

Measure 2.5 from the side seam and 1.5 from the top of the bag, and mark it with a pencil. Do this twice on each side.

Then, cut holes where youve marked the dots. I use tiny sewing scissors to do this, since they poke through the thick material very well. The holes should be big enough to fit the eyelets, but not TOO big. Its better to err on the small side if youre not sure; the holes can always be cut bigger.  Also, dont worry if the edges of the holes are kind of jaggedyoull never see this in the final product.

9. Eyelet time! If youve never installed extra-large eyelets before, youll need to buy the Extra Large Eyelet Kit. The kit contains tools that are essential to the process.

I use Dritz brand eyelets because they are so widely available. Hancock Fabrics, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, and everywhere else I look all seem to have them. They come in a light yellow package!

Install the eyelets according to the back of the package. Basically, what youre doing is making a big sandwich. Put the round, washer-like tool down first. Then, put the smooth half of the eyelet down on the toolit will seem to fit in. Then, push the fabric down on the protruding part of the eyelet, with the right side of the fabric down. Finally, place the teeth half of the eyelet teeth down on the lining, and position the tool on top of it. Hammer the top of the tool solidly, several times, and presto! You have installed the eyelet! Do this 3 more times for the other holes youve cut.  

10. Youre almost done! Thread the straps through the eyelet holes, and tie knots in the ends. Voila! You have a super-cute tote bag!


I've been lurking around Craftster forever, but just joined...heh! Anyway, I went on a mini tote-making frenzy. what do you guys think?  Undecided  

http://www.sixteenstitches.com/purpleflowers.jpg

interior
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http://www.sixteenstitches.com/bluepolka.jpg

interior
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http://www.sixteenstitches.com/rainbow.jpg

interior
http://www.sixteenstitches.com/rainbowinterior.jpg


http://www.sixteenstitches.com/pinkdaisy.jpg

interior
http://www.sixteenstitches.com/pinkdaisyinterior.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2005 05:56:12 PM »

Those totes are all extremely adorable!!  Cheesy

I too have been on a purse and tote bag making frenzy for about 3 weeks and I can't stop sewing.  This site is so full of ideas it's crazy!

I would totally pay at least $20 minimum for one of those bags.  I think you could sell them for even $30 if you wanted to.

Good job!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2005 05:59:22 PM »

what you did with the handles is SO CREATIVE / AMAZING! i love it!  i would pay around $25 for each!

i ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOOOVE them! your fabric choices are magnificent! and i LOOOVE the silky looking fabric as the liner. great job!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2005 06:00:02 PM »

These are so cute! keep up the great work! i would so buy one of these
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2005 06:00:57 PM »

OOps... I totally got carried away & forgot to critique for you.  LOL!  They look REALLY well made!  And I love the colors ...and how the handles are tied!  My favorites are the top & bottom bags...  I think they would match lots with spring coming up.  Rainbows for summer... and polka dots for a few outfits.  I totally love the top & bottom though.  Kudos!
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2005 06:02:36 PM »

fantastic.

if they're about the size i think they are, i'd pay around 20-25 bucks for one. not more then thirty though.

i love the blue polkadot one with the red lining. so spring!
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2005 06:40:59 PM »

Those look amazing!!  And the way you attached the handles...great idea!!!  I agree, $20-$25 each, easily.  They would make great diaper bags too if you put more pockets inside.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2005 09:43:11 PM »

Those would definitely definitely sell. They are cute, clever and very well done. I really like the rainbow one, i like how you did the handles. You just need to find a market or place to sell. very nice work. Good job!
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2005 09:56:26 PM »

All of 'em are great! The polka dot one with the red bow has my heart...I would buy it if I wasn't so broke right now. I'm sure you could sell them all with the right marketing.
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I agree that you could totally sell you handbags. I've sold my crocheted scarves for $50 before and $15-20 for friends. I got $50 for them at a high end festival. I think it depends on who you're selling them to, honestly.

Anyway, I can't machine sew worth a lick but I think those are awesome! Will you be posting a tute?
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2005 07:37:57 AM »

I love love LOVE the first and second one!  If you do indeed decide to sell them, I would buy either one (i'm serious, PM me if you do decide to sell). 

As for price...i'd say $25-30.  If i were you, I'd do some quick math adding together how much you spent on supplies with labor costs (i.e. cutting, sewing, amount of time spent making each bag).

great design!  And seriously, PM me if you decide to sell them!

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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2005 08:24:27 AM »

Great job!! Some one likes orange!! Shocked
Yes worth selling.
the other day i was in a craft shop down the road, and in someones little cubby they had home-made purses, and yours are far better than those!
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2005 08:26:12 AM »

You know, I USUALLY hate bags that have some sort of ribbon on them, my pet peeve, I guess. But these ones are just too adorable, and the little ribbons work well with the fabric and design. So kudos to you Smiley Smiley ):  Sell them away, girl!
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2005 02:05:31 PM »

They are so great! I especially love the pale blue with the polka dots and the pink and white daisy bag.  I have a nursing pillow in the same pink and white daisy fabric....some people might buy the bags to use as diaper bags since most are nowhere near that cute!

I can see people paying $20-25 easily, but you could probably get more than that at the right market.  "Crafty" people will never pay as much since we can make it ourselves Wink . Get these bags in front of a non-crafter and you could get as much as $40 or more a bag.
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I could see you definately getting between $20 to $25 for one of those.  Keep it up, I'd love to see more designs!
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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2005 12:10:11 AM »

I agree, it depends on who you're selling them to pricewise, BUT I would pay $30 for one (they're beautiful BTW, and I love it that they look like they belong together, it's like you have a Spring Collection Wink  ).
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2005 12:18:31 AM »

i like the polka dotty spotty bag and the happy daisy bag!  I think if you sold it for $20 then they would bargain buys. i would keep the price to $30 or less because, you dont want to scare people off by the price

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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2005 03:34:12 AM »

Your bags are SO beautiful!! I love them and they are making me feel Spring Fever even more than before!!!

I would prob pay around $30 if I saw those at a fair, or in a store. Good Luck selling them!!! and Keep up the beautiful work!!
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2005 03:52:48 AM »

Wow those are sooo soo cute! I really like the last one. The bow just add... something to the bag, and the interior is soo cute!  I love it! Wish I had paypal!
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2005 07:38:16 PM »

Thanks so much for all the comments!  Cheesy This is really encouraging...I was planning to open an online shop, then decided against it, but now I think I wil againl. So, look for sixteenstitches.com, coming soon! =D

I guess I could post a tute, but they're really very simple to make...just involve a lot of steps. =P I'll probably post something in the next few days though.
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« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2005 08:49:00 PM »

Those are really cute! I love the way the rainbows one looks, with the orange ribbon and inside. I could see these selling well. If you're looking for lots to sell, go for about $15. If you want more profit, go $30.

Very much the thing for spring, I've seen people carrying around the store-bought totes lately and have been curious how much they'd cost when looked at purely materially.
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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2005 08:26:49 AM »

they look like the bags from american eagle- the girls in my grade are currently obsessed with them. 

sell them? heckyes.

i heart the bows on them.
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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2005 08:41:03 AM »

these are so cute! I love the rainbow one. I think definitely $25-30 is a good price range for them. Great job!
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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2005 08:57:58 AM »

Did I hear the possibility of a tute?   Shocked  Now this I need to see!
I'm sure you don't /need/ another person telling you that selling them is an awesome idea, but I'll do it anyway Wink
They're so cute and springy~!  I love all of them lots Smiley  Awesome stuff! Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2005 11:25:43 AM »

those are hot , i luv the blue one .. i'd pay like 20+ dollar for one .. i'd sell them if I were .. but hey I need money  Cry
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« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2005 04:19:39 AM »

I love  your bags, the bottom pink one is just so cute, do you selll these bags ? and can i ask whe the size is?
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thats a great size.. thanks for postng .
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« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2005 07:47:15 PM »

I guess I call them mini because those trendy totes that everyone seems to have right now are slightly larger. They're approximately 12 or 13 inches wide by 10 inches tall. It's hard to measure because they're quite roomy, and also wider at the top than at the bottom.

I do sell them, if you're interested, PM me or email me. I sold these four but I could easily recreate them if you wanted, and I have some other different ones too.

And there is a tute of sorts coming soon. I promise.  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2005 02:56:00 PM »

WOW those are SO cute Grin I can noy wait for the tute. Keep the crafts comeing babe!
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« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2005 03:48:47 PM »

Awww, those are so cute Cheesy Great color choices!!! 
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« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2005 10:02:03 AM »

I love them all! When I come into some money I'll PM you to buy one rubinski!  Cheesy
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« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2005 04:38:12 PM »

I am so totally in love with the rainbow one!

Personally I think you are very talented!!
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« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2005 12:22:11 PM »

Holy cow! I LOVE the second one!! I think somewhere between $25-$30 is a good price for them.
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« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2005 09:57:38 AM »

These are gorgeous!!!! Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2005 10:25:58 AM »

I think $20-$30 would be a good price for your bags. I especially love the polka dot bag!
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« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2005 11:10:52 AM »

I got one custom made for me and although I haven't recieved it yet, I'm already in love with it.
I love the size they are and just the general look.
I'm definatly looking forward to a tutorial Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2005 11:26:58 AM »

TUTORIAL!

I tried to be as clear as I could, but if you have any questions, just ask! Also, if you need a photo of any of these steps, Id be happy to take one. Smiley

For these tote bags, youll need:
.5 yard outer fabric
.5 yard lining fabric
1 yard medium heavy to strong interfacing, depending on your preferences
4 extra-large eyelets
Extra-large eyelet kit, if youve never used extra-large eyelets before
1.5 yards grosgrain ribbon
1 magnetic snap

1. Cut out your materials. For the pattern, use a 15"x12" rectangle with 3" squares cut out of two of the corners.  I cut 36"x4" straps.  You'll need 2 outside pieces, 2 inside pieces, and 2 strap pieces.

For the outer material, I usually like to use some sort of cotton calico, and interface it with very strong fusible interfacing. For the interior, I use satin or some other kind of polyester blend. These are just suggestions, though; you can use any fabric you want!

2. The main bag portion is assembled according to Jordy's tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0 First, assemble the lining and the bag portion SEPARATELY. Sew the straps, too. Press all seams. This is what youll have:



3. Now its time to sew the ribbon. How much ribbon you use depends on how long you want the tails of the bow to be, but you need at least 1.5 yards. I use grosgrain in varying widths, but I definitely wouldnt go smaller than 7/8. Its too hard to sew on otherwise!

Pin the ribbon to the outer bag. Start by marking the middle point of the bag. I generally just eyeball how far up to put the ribbon, but you can measure it if you want. Then, start pinning, leaving a tail of ribbon in front. Pin all the way around. When you get back to where you started, pin the ribbon down about 1 inch away from the other ribbon tail and snip the tails so that theyre the same length. Heres what it will look like:



4. Sew all the way around, close to the top of the ribbon. Then, take all of the pins out and, if necessary, re-pin the ribbon. You will need to sew the bottom of the ribbon down, too, and this is sometimes hard if the head of your pins are getting in the way of the sewing needle.

It might be tempting to not re-pin the ribbon, but it turns out neater this way, I promise. If you dont re-pin it, the grosgrain tends to twist on a bias, especially with thinner ribbon.

Now, sew all the way around again, close to the bottom of the ribbon.

Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the tails to your liking.

5. Attach the magnetic snap to the lining. I measure and mark the middle of the lining, about 1 inches down from the top. If you use a thin lining, you might want to interface a small square behind the snap to make it sturdier. Also, see the magnetic snap tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33694.0

6. Now, sew the lining to the bag according to the Jordy tutorial, but keep the straps separate!!! Pull the bag out through the hole you left in the lining and topstitch the hole in the lining with matching thread.

7. Press the top seam open and put the lining into the bag. Stitch around the top of the bag (like in the Jordy tutorial) for a neater edge.

8. Take a deep breath, because now youre going to have to cut holes in your pretty new bag. This is nerve-wracking the first time you do it, but its pretty much impossible to screw up, so dont worry!

Measure 2.5 from the side seam and 1.5 from the top of the bag, and mark it with a pencil. Do this twice on each side.

Then, cut holes where youve marked the dots. I use tiny sewing scissors to do this, since they poke through the thick material very well. The holes should be big enough to fit the eyelets, but not TOO big. Its better to err on the small side if youre not sure; the holes can always be cut bigger.  Also, dont worry if the edges of the holes are kind of jaggedyoull never see this in the final product.

9. Eyelet time! If youve never installed extra-large eyelets before, youll need to buy the Extra Large Eyelet Kit. The kit contains tools that are essential to the process.

I use Dritz brand eyelets because they are so widely available. Hancock Fabrics, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, and everywhere else I look all seem to have them. They come in a light yellow package!

Install the eyelets according to the back of the package. Basically, what youre doing is making a big sandwich. Put the round, washer-like tool down first. Then, put the smooth half of the eyelet down on the toolit will seem to fit in. Then, push the fabric down on the protruding part of the eyelet, with the right side of the fabric down. Finally, place the teeth half of the eyelet teeth down on the lining, and position the tool on top of it. Hammer the top of the tool solidly, several times, and presto! You have installed the eyelet! Do this 3 more times for the other holes youve cut.  

10. Youre almost done! Thread the straps through the eyelet holes, and tie knots in the ends. Voila! You have a super-cute tote bag!
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« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2005 06:51:41 PM »

Yay for tutorials and yay for websites!  Yours is really cute Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: May 22, 2005 02:19:30 AM »

I am getting all red "x's" on the pics in your initial post. Undecided

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« Reply #39 on: May 22, 2005 07:26:02 AM »

Your website is as beautiful as your bags.  Thanks for posting the tute!!
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« Reply #40 on: May 22, 2005 07:31:41 AM »

Oops! The images are fixed now, I forgot that I changed the name of the links Embarrassed

The snaps are seamless.
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« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2005 07:49:04 AM »

Very cute! And great tutorial!
Now you need to make one of the Purskets purse organizers like
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http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3988

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« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2005 12:37:18 PM »

Ooh, I might try one of those! They're super cute!
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« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2005 12:57:45 PM »

I think those are adorable and very sellable!!

I personally would pay $25 but I'm cheap so don't go by me! I bet some people would pay closer to $50. I think these are good for those people, like me, who like those blouses with the ribbon that runs around the middle but would never actually wear them. This would be a way to be trendy without being self conscience about it. KWIM?
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« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2005 01:51:05 PM »

I think these are good for those people, like me, who like those blouses with the ribbon that runs around the middle but would never actually wear them.

I had to reply RosesArePurple.  The one and only time I wore one like that someone asked if I was expecting and when I was due.  Needless to say I wasn't and the person shut up real quick and walked away.  LOL
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« Reply #45 on: May 22, 2005 06:43:53 PM »

i'm not sure i really want to venture into eyelets.. i'm sure they're simple. but i'm on a limited budget (hence me attempting to make my own tote instead of buying one of your *incredibly* awesome ones) is there another simple way to attach the straps? I could just sew them in right? I know this would leave seams, but i think I could handle it (no pun intended Wink)
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« Reply #46 on: May 22, 2005 07:06:53 PM »

They're really not all expensive...$10 for the tool kit, I think, but then the 10-pack is only $5, and that's enough for 2 bags. You can always just sew the straps in, too. It won't leave a seam! If you look on my site, the blue one with flowers has straps sewn in. Just follow the instructions in the Jordy tutorial, "sandwiching" the straps between the lining and the bag before you sew it together.  Cheesy Ta-da, bag with straps!
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