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« on: October 26, 2010 02:07:51 PM »

I made this bag this summer from Kwik Sew #3749 to enter into the local Fall Fair.
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Then, I got the "Bright idea" of adding an elastic to the bottom. I sort of measured around (Put a piece of Elastic around it, once it was rolled up) and cut an elastic piece.  I set it aside while I made my husband some Track-pants. Also, I still wasn't certain it was the best idea to do. It seemed good, but I was still dubious about it. Further, I had yet to actually use the bag, because it was a "Prize-winner".

Eventually, I just decided to "Go For It" (After all, if it didn't work out, I could just clip it off & nobody would know the difference.)


Of course, as seamstresses know, there is no such thing as Just-Going-For-It, quick and easy. I had to partially disassemble the bag in order to add the Elastic to the Bottom. But, it does seem to have improved it, some.

I can pack it somewhat easier now, but I have yet to actually use the bag. (I haven't been doing much shopping lately) What do you think, Craftsters? Is adding an elastic, to hold it as a roll an improvement? Answers and opinions would be appreciated. Thank you.

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010 04:52:56 PM »

i like it. jay for un-plastic-bags :-)

i think the loop helps as it annoys me to no end if reusable bags unfold in my purse all the time.
maybe i would add the to the other end of the bag tough.
you could even sew it to the backside of the opening and add one (or more) buttons to the front side, so you could close the filled bag.
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010 05:11:43 PM »

Thank you erdbeerblau. I have to use un-plastic-bags: I have a severe allergy to plastic. Plastic welts me badly.

It doesn't show in these pictures, but this bag does have a closure. (Actually, it doesn't show on this bag at all: it was one of the commendations on the comment card at the Fall Fair.) It's a magnetic closure.

This bag ended up being (to me, anyway Wink) humongous. (According to the pattern envelope, it ends up being 16"W X 18"H.) But, another I'd made out of the same pattern, carries lots of large items (especially ones that aren't heavy, but are bulky.)
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011 05:45:33 PM »

One of the things that I had done was I had used Craft Felt as a sew-in interfacing, because it was late at night, and I didn't have Iron on Interfacing ... handy (i.e.: Right there, where I could grab it)

I didn't think too much of it, and I just threw these into the washer and dryer: That was a ... an error. The felt has puffed up inside the top. It's still useable ... but I haven't tried using it again. I'm disappointed.

If you don't have Iron On Interfacing handy, then wait until you can get some: Using "Craft Felt" to save time and not have to go to the Sewing/Fabric shop isn't worth it.
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2011 07:17:42 PM »

I really like the bag and the elastic at the bottom.  I use cloth bags at the store as much as I remember them and I am always trying to get them to be smaller when rolled up.  The elastic looks like the perfect solution. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2011 04:02:59 PM »

Thanks linnybelle.

I creatively borrowed the idea from a company called SlingSax.

It does work well. I've since used the idea on other bags.

On my other bags, I've used hair elastics; they come in bright colours and nifty different designs. I can usually match one up with whatever bag I'm currently making.
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