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« on: May 04, 2005 12:01:24 PM »

Since I had a deadline (Mother's Day), I finally have a finished project to post.  Smiley  Here's what I think of as the inside:



And here's the reverse:



I had the floral fabric for a while ($2/yd at WalMart!) and I was disproportionately tickled to find a matching blue at JoAnn's.  I thought the blue looked a little plain though, so I made my first applique ever.  It was a lot harder to do than I thought it was going to be.  (I think it would have been easier if I had a walking foot? or if I wasn't trying to make it act like a pocket.)  The pocket on the ouside is too shallow for much more than a pack of gum, but c'est la vie.  I made the straps extra long because my mom and I have long forearms and hate it when we can't easily slip handles over our shoulders!  It's not great, but I'm happy with it and it'll be perfect for my mom.  She always carries waaay too much stuff around in ugly old WalMart bags! 
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2005 12:05:20 PM »

  What do you mean it's not great!?  It's gorgeous and your mother will love it.  I love the applique.  How did you do it?  Did you fold over the edges and sew it up?  I'm not much of a sewer so I have not idea what a walking foot is other than the two that are in my boots right now.  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2005 12:29:24 PM »

Great job, and you customized it too!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2005 12:41:52 PM »


That's gorgeous!  I love the way you used a different colour of fabric on one side and appliqued the hibiscus.  I wish I'd been organized enough to make something this nice for my Mom!
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2005 12:57:18 PM »

Wow, thanks.  I used fusible interfacing on the applique and used a tight zigzag stitch 'cause that's what I read to do here, but I'm sure there's an easier way.  If I weren't trying to make it act like a pocket I think I would've used double sided interfacing. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2005 03:02:46 PM »

thats pretty coool
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2005 07:37:56 PM »

Thats beautiful! Smiley Im sure your mom will love it much more than her WalMart bags Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2005 09:39:56 AM »

Wow, I love the bag and the fabric for the inside is awesome!!. I think I'd wear it that way!

Great job on the bag and I know she'll be tickled pink!!
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