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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2009 12:06:15 PM »

This is really cute.  The fabric looks vintage.  And I too would much rather sew then pack - good choice!   Cheesy

Same here. Packing=boring. Sewing=therapeutic.

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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2009 10:22:57 PM »

I really love this bag!
My little sister was just saying to me that she wants a patchwork satchel, and I said I'd make her one. And then I found this, and we both think it's awesome!
Did you just make up the pattern? Was it easy? Would you mind sharing how you did it?
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Thanks for the compliment (complement?).  This bag is based on pattern found on the internet, but cannot find now. . .  but I can tell you the basics.   Besides, I made a few changes.   
Basically, I used two left-over 8 1/2" square quilt blocks (8" finished, for you quilters out there) for the body of the bag.  I then sewed a 6" x 1 1/2" strip centered on the bottom of the bag (the corners will look like cut-out squares) - you could also use a 8 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle - I was using an actual quilt block, so I had to add strips to make it longer.  I then machine quilted this to a piece of leftover batting.

The straps are about 32" long x 1 1/4" (before you sew them) - if you do not have a tube turner, you might want to make it 2 1/2" wide, that you fold and sew - I use a tube turner, so the lining also lines the straps. . .   I then sewed this with the lining (8 1/2" x 9 1/2" like the jordy bag, so no need to explain something someone else did better.  see: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0.

If I haven't lost you yet, I made the flap from a 6 1/2" x 7 1/2" piece of random scraps I sewed together. I then quilted the flap, sewed the lining to the flap, right sides together, leaving an opening for turning. I turned this right side out, closed the opening, top-stitched it, then I appliqued the flap to the back of the bag.    I realize that these instructions probably don't make sense unless you know something about sewing, but it is a start.
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2009 10:26:31 PM »

OOps, I also sewed a pocket to the lining.  I wish that I had also put a pocket on the bag, hidden under the flap - may be my next one.
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2009 12:36:19 PM »

Love it!
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