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Topic: Teesha Moore style bag, extremely simplified version. A Super Scrap Buster!  (Read 53699 times)
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« on: August 08, 2010 07:54:48 PM »

Do you love her awesome journal covers and bags and such?
Oh man, I sure do! I joined the craft along on here and have been loving it! But after 15 hours of hand stitching for one small bag I just thought "there has to be an easier way!" And since I am the queen of cutting corners and never doing anything the way I'm 'supposed' to (heh) I came up with something that takes a fraction of the time and looks just as interesting. I think so anyhow, you be the judge...


Start with two pieces of contrasting fabric, a front or outside for the bag and a back or inside piece. Mine were 19X7 but you can make this any size you like. I tapered one end to a point for the front flap.

Now grab some of your scraps and cut out a few squares and rectangles of interesting fabric. Stick them in place with a regular old glue stick in the corners, it works great to hold those little squares in place, who knew Cheesy?

Sew around the squares with either a zigzag stitch on your machine or by hand, you don't have to be neat and tidy at all.
I used a varigated thread so it changed colour as I sewed. Your base fabric may change shape and get moved around a bunch, that's totally OK.

Cut out a piece of fleece that is about 3/4" smaller all the way around than your front piece. The fleece won't show so it doesn't matter what colour or pattern it is.

Sandwich the fleece between the front and back pieces, sew around using a 3/4" seam allowance. The back piece may be a big larger than the front at this point, just trim it up to match. Now you can start embellishing with some colourful embroidery/quilting (by hand and/or machine), sew on some buttons, beads, charms, bits of ribbon, whatever you like but avoid the edges because you'll need to sew there still. You can add things to the edges later on.

(btw the sewing took me only 1 hour in total, the embellishment between 3-4 but you can spend as little or as much time on that as you want and you can always add to it later.)

Here's a pic of some embellishment

The quilting/embroidery that you're doing will change the shape and dimensions of the bag so you may want to take a look and see where it's wonky so you can add some more stitches to even it out a bit. Again, don't worry about being neat, have a messy good time!

Fold the edges over about 3/4" and pin in place, stitch with a machine zigzag or by hand.

Fold up the bottom of the piece to shape the bag. Using embroidery floss whip stitch around all the outside edges of the bag.

Add a button to close (or velcro, a snap, whatever you feel like) and you're done!

*Extra bonus!* If you want to hide your knots and thread ends here's a picture and some instructions on how to do that.

There is a more detailed version of the tute with extra pics up in flickr if you want to check it out. http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/sets/72157624552941199/

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010 09:29:02 PM »

I love this! And with the new sewing machine I bought today, I will be able to add all the patches and a buttonhole, too. Thanks Crafty!

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010 03:48:07 AM »

wow... great tutorial.... thanks for sharing.... and your bag looks great!!

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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010 04:52:31 AM »

thanks so much for the tute! the bag is GORGEOUS Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2010 06:50:16 AM »

So, I have a HUGE baog of tiny  scraps from this past year adn I refuse to be wasteful and throw them away. I was just going to use them as stuffing for plushies or pillows, but this is by far a waayyy better use of things!!! Thanks for the tutorial! I cut a lot of corners too and do things my own way.  Wink Far easier in my opinion hahaha.

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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2010 07:05:44 AM »

This is awesome! I love all the Teesha inspired bags and book covers I've been seeing around here but the thought of quilting tons of tiny pieces and then sewing them all together (by hand!) put me off of it since sewing is definitely not where my talent lies.

Your way seems so simple and doable that I think I'll be busting out my big box of scrap fabrics and my jars of buttons and doodads to give this a try! Thank you so much for posting this.

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2010 07:30:42 AM »

What a lovely way to create unique gifts with a bunch of scraps!  It looks like you took hours and hours to make, as well, but with your shortcuts, it will be your secret! Cheesy

I love the colors and the embellishments you used--and thanks for all of the colorful pictures both here and on your account!  It makes it very easy to follow this tutorial!

« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2010 08:27:10 AM »

So easy and fun!! Can't wait to try this one!

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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2010 10:16:02 AM »

This is SO beautiful!  And I would have thought it had taken days!  Thank you so much for sharing your shortcuts.  I bet we start seeing a lot of you-inspired goodies, soon!

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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2010 11:43:47 AM »

I love this. I can't wait to try this!

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