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Topic: Gym Bag - that I can actually use  (Read 1380 times)
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« on: September 22, 2009 05:55:47 AM »

My problem with store bought gym bags is that the straps are always so thin and there's never enough pockets.  So I sat down one night and just started cutting fabric.  I used stuff I'd already had and put together a bag.  On the first go it was huge, so I cut it back.  I took aspect of different bags I've seen on here and came up with a good sized bag with pockets on the front and inside.  I also added a wide strap for comfort and used heavy fusible fleece to make it have a sturdy feel.  I then realized I needed a closure, so I added the top and used buttons to hold it in place.  The red fabric is a favourite but b/c of the white flowers (they are rubbery), the sewing machine kept grabbing, so the stitching isn't even, but for me, I'm ok with it.

Comments always welcome

the inside

with the top and buttons.

thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009 06:02:05 AM »

that is really nice and glad you were able to make it usable for you.
I like the fabric too. -great job
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2009 07:57:36 AM »

Great bag!  I like all the pockets!  I saw a hint on another website recently about sewing "rubbery" fabrics and I thought you might like to give it a try.  I haven't tried it yet, but will very soon.  When sewing vinyl, leather, etc., put a strip of Scotch Magic REMOVABLE tape on the bottom of your sewing foot and I guess you could put it on the plate below the foot too.  The sticky fabric will just glide over the tape without sticking.  This tape is kind of hard to find and you have to buy a big roll.  I found it at a Ben Franklin store and I "googled" it and Office Depot also carries it. 
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