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« on: June 24, 2009 05:50:55 AM »

This laptop bag was for my niece for her high school graduation. I made this pattern once before and it is one of my favorite bags I have made yet, but I kind of view this pattern like giving birth: the first time hurts like hell, but after a while the memory of the pain fades and you think it might be a good idea to try again (this coming from a woman with no children).  This is an excellent pattern, very clearly and well written, but there are a lot of layers to sew, so it can be difficult on a standard sewing machine. Literally blood, sweat and tears went into the making of this thing (the blood coming from having a sewing machine needle go part way through my finger. Don't worry, I didn't get any blood on the bag). I am very happy with how it turned out, though, and she loved it, too.
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009 05:55:04 AM »

I've made many of those bags too, it's the Professional Tote, right?  You are soooo right, blood sweat and tears are put into the construction, the bags are beautiful but having to cram that many layers through a regular sewing machine can be brutal. 
I LOVE the fabric you chose for your bag, nice job!
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009 06:00:37 AM »

Yep, the Professional Tote (I forgot the name and was too lazy to pull the pattern out again  Smiley. Yeah, I broke several heavy duty needles on this one. I swear, I don't remember it being quite such a PITA the first go-round...
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009 12:58:55 PM »

Hehehe... You know I'm just 2 weeks away from giving birth to my second child!!! Great bag... and like giving birth a second time, well worth the pain and effort Smiley Great job.
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009 11:07:09 PM »

Nice bag and pretty colors!
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009 11:17:49 AM »

great job!  and i love your fabric.  here is buckeyeland it's hard to find anything that vaguely resembles scarlet and gray...i normally have to settle for black/white/red.

i know what you mean by BST, too.  hubby used to be an auto mechanic and said that when he cut himself up on a job, he made sure he left blood on their engine. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009 11:55:58 AM »

What a lucky girl - your bag is great.

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2009 05:47:50 PM »

I would have loved to get a bag like this for graduation Cheesy  I'm sure she'll love it!
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009 06:07:34 PM »

Congratulations little_emsy!

Helenleeks, do you have JoAnn Fabrics where you live? I found it there. They also have the same print in orange and purple (I made another bag for myself in that fabric, too). If you don't, you might could order some from their website.

Thanks!
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