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armywife116
« on: June 24, 2011 06:14:04 AM »

I've never sewn anything useable besides a wallet I posted here a couple days ago but I really wanted to make something for a friend up at Fort Drum, NY before her baby shower. I know she loves peaches and corals so I found 2 coordinating fabrics along with some acu fabric I ordered from a military supply company and the pattern for the bag (with some changes and omissions because there were some supplies I didn't have), which I found in Lisa Lam's amazing book, The Bag Making Bible. (i used the general pattern but omitted a few things because I didn't have the right supplies, or because I just wanted to lol. ie the ties on the front and back and the popper snaps on the sides and the other three pockets on the inside of the bag)

I'm completely new at sewing. I'm finally starting to understand seam allowances, darts, gathers, etc.

I'm sure it's been seen a million times here but I'm quite proud of myself for actually sitting down and getting it done.

it was a lot of firsts for me:

1. first bag for a friend
2. first useable bag, period
3. first time using a pattern
4. first time I didn't completely screw it up and have to start 200000000x over. (I only had to start over 10000x lol!)

hope you all like!


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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2011 07:15:59 AM »

For your first big project it's great!! I love the inside fabric & all the pockets.  Cheesy  I'm sure your friend will love it. Thanks for showing!! Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011 07:24:32 AM »

thank you so much! Smiley i had a big stupid grin on my face when I finished just because I was glad to have finally completed an entire bag lol
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2011 09:08:31 AM »

youre bag is absolutely gorgeous!! honestly id pay for some thing like that. awesome work!!  Grin love ALL the fabric choices and all the pockets. great pattern.
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011 10:06:16 AM »

thank you! Smiley it took about a billion  times for me to get it even remotely close to right but i'm glad i took the time to do it rather than just going out to a store and buying one. just feels a little more worthwhile:)
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011 12:43:51 PM »

This turned out awesome! My SIL does something similar with the camo blouses on my brother's base for navy wives. I started making my own bags too because I can't stand store prices and can never find what I've want.

But the main thing I'm learning is to slow down and walk away when I get frustrated. Took me awhile to figure out if I walk away when I get frustrated I can usually figure out what I was doing wrong and I use my seam ripper a lot less. Saves on the start overs too Wink That and making a "template" bag first with uber-cheap material. That way you're not ruining the good stuff Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011 01:06:12 PM »

thanks:D

i always buy the red tag fabric at JoAnn for practice bags and it always helps me work out potential kinks except I didn't have any leftover red tag stuff so I just cut the pieces and started sewing lol

let's just say my seam ripper has become a dear friend of mine lol
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2011 03:43:42 PM »

Nice job, especially for your first bag - love your pattern and your fabrics!   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2011 04:18:16 PM »

Looks great!  Love your fabric choices!  Looks like you're catching on very quick!  Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2011 06:36:12 PM »

Nice job, especially for your first bag - love your pattern and your fabrics!   Cheesy

Thanks! Smiley for some reason lately I've got a paisley/polka dot combo fascination lol
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