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plaidgiraffe
« on: January 28, 2006 12:12:43 PM »

I finally finished a bag that I've been working at off and on all week.  It was an attempt to copy a bag that I saw in a shop and thought 'I can make that'.  Anyhow, I'm interested in hearing what everyone thinks of it.  It has a magnetic closure, but the sides also have a strap that brings the sides in closer together to make a more tapered shape.  All of the seams are reinforced, and I didn't bother with interfacing, as the outer fabric is a heavy canvas type fabric.

Here it is with the sides pulled in close:

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c308/jen_m_ca/stripedtote.jpg

And with the strap left unattached:

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c308/jen_m_ca/stripedtoteunfoldedview.jpg

Here's a close-up of the strap that pulls the sides in:

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c308/jen_m_ca/totesideclosure.jpg

And the interior pocket - as this was a first attempt, I was using up scraps I had on hand, and think that the lining matches the pocket lining pretty well:

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c308/jen_m_ca/stripedtoteinteriorpocket.jpg


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serenityinsleep
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2006 01:10:38 PM »

Oooh, I like, I like!
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ketmga
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2006 03:01:39 PM »

Very cool! I love the fabric color and the size of the tote ROCKS. You did a fantastic job. Do you have the measurements of the bag handy?
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GirlyGirlBags
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2006 07:32:38 PM »

Very cute!  I like how the tab pulls in the sides to make it more structured.  Very cool! Grin
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urvi
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2006 05:05:29 AM »

love it !!

thts a great idea !!!


urvi
bombay
india
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urvi
bombay
india

i love 'my country doesnt have that' swaps !!!

im a BIG fan of personal swaps ! :-)
plaidgiraffe
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2006 02:59:03 PM »

Oooh, I like, I like!

Thanks...I wound up giving this one away as I wasn't thrilled with the colours for me, but I'm looking forward to making another as soon as I find the right fabric. 
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plaidgiraffe
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006 03:03:32 PM »

Very cool! I love the fabric color and the size of the tote ROCKS. You did a fantastic job. Do you have the measurements of the bag handy?

Thanks!...for this bag i used about an inch for my seam allowance, and the measurements are about 11.5" by 17" for the front and back pieces (with a curve put in using a plant saucer I believe.  The side pieces measure about 16" long, and are 5" at the top and 6" at the bottom.  For the bag bottom, I cut a piece that measures 11.5" by 6", and sewed it in once the sides and front/back were all together.  I think that I wound up trimming a little bit off the edges, and I likely should have sewn it into the side pieces before putting the bag together...but it worked well so I didn't take anything apart after I started it.  I can't remember the measurements for the straps, but I believe they were about 3" taking the seam allowance into account.  Hopefully that helps. 

Edited to add:...I didn't realize that the pictures don't show it, but the inside of the bag contains an upper lining of the outside fabric attached to the inside lining which shows up in the pictures.  Here's a picture that kind of shows what I mean.


 I didn't measure the piece, but cut about a 2" strip across the width of my fabric, and that was enough to go around the inside of the bag.  For the lining I had to go with the size of the scrap I had, but it turned out pretty close to the size of the outside bag front/back pieces. 
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plaidgiraffe
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2006 03:04:28 PM »

Very cute!  I like how the tab pulls in the sides to make it more structured.  Very cool! Grin

Thanks.  I liked that part too.  I messed around with a snap setter tool and the little pieces, but I haven't quite got the knack of it yet, and finally went with velcro for this one. 
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plaidgiraffe
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2006 03:06:10 PM »

love it !!

thts a great idea !!!


urvi
bombay
india

Thanks Urvi.  The design isn't mine at all...but it was a large chain store where I saw the original...so hopefully I'm not causing problems. 
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