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« on: June 24, 2009 05:58:40 AM »

This pattern is by Amy Butler and I will start out by saying I LOVE this bag. It is very comfortable to carry and can hold a lot. I am not totally thrilled with the pocket design on the inside, though. The inside is basically divided into 3 sections, and the partitions can get a little bunched up when you fill the bag. On my second one, though, I put a hidden magnetic closure on the two partitions so they make a closed pocket in the middle. I think this helps a lot. Also, my first one, I didn't have a magnetic snap handy so I thought it would work fine without any snap at all. It might have, if I didn't put the large button on the front. I ended up putting in a large sew-in snap, which isn't pretty but it is effective, and you don't see it when the bag is shut. The second one I used a hidden magnetic snap again, which works great. Anyway, I thought I'd show off my bags and also give a little advice (my own opinion, of course) along the way.
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009 06:40:30 AM »

Looks great! Love the fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009 08:53:17 AM »

I love both of them. You should sell these.
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009 09:28:38 AM »

Beautiful! Hitting "This Rocks" Love the shape of the bags! And thanks for the tips!
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009 05:04:04 PM »

Thanks guys! Rocwen, I wish I could sell these, but I'm pretty sure Amy Butler patterns have a copyright that states that you can only make them for your own personal use or for gifts. Most commercial patterns that I've bought state that (I am plesently surprised when they state otherwise, though), and since Amy Butler makes purses to sell as well, I figure that is the case with this one, too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009 10:49:00 AM »

I really like the look of these bags.  You did a great job.  I've looked at this pattern several times, but haven't tried it yet. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009 12:14:16 PM »

Just love your brown and blue bag!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2009 05:45:31 PM »

Those are great!  I love the color combinations on both of them Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009 06:10:27 PM »

Thecraftgranny, it really is a fairly simple bag: make front and back panels, sew together. Make lining and pockets, sew together. Sew lining and exterior together, turn right side out, finish off. Yes, I'm simplifying that a great deal, but that's the basic gist. To me, the most difficult part is making the handles, and that's just because I don't like making handles.
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