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lunamadre
« on: July 02, 2011 12:12:35 PM »



I decided I was overdue for a new bag, especially since this winter/fall I had been favoring my oversized wool felted messenger bag, which I had to put away for the summer.  Wool+bare legs=no fun.
I had a skirt stashed to used this tutorial: 
http://whipup.net/2008/11/07/tutorial-skirty-bag/   

I used an American Eagle lightweight corduroy skirt, size 4 or 6. It had a side zipper that I cut out completely and reseamed the sides  The skirt had a dainty crocheted edge on the hem, which I cut off and used on the straps.  Here's the bag:


The tutorial suggests a pleated bag, ironing and pinning the pleats flat.  My skirt wasn't really pleated, it was very slightly gathered, so I had a bit of a problem getting the same look.  I stitched the bottom, then zig zagged it flat, which helped, and then boxed the corners to help give it some shape.  The lining is really sturdy fabric, which helped give it some structure as well.  I boxed the lining corners too.
I wanted an applique on the top, so I picked out my fabric and fused a heavy interfacing on the back.  Then I printed out a silhouette of a jackalope and used my lightbox to trace it onto the interfaced fabric.  I cut it out, peeled off the paper backing and ironed it on.  I tried hand embroidering around it, and I hated it, so I machine stitched around it for extra durability and to give it a little rougher look. 
I considered adding more to it....vintage buttons or something, but I didn't want it to get too busy, so I let it be.






Here's the inside, I made a pocket in the same fabric as the jackalope....In hindsight, I wish I made it bigger and placed it lower inside the bag.  Oh well. Smiley
Whatcha think?
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Antidigger
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2011 01:26:42 PM »

It's a great bag and the jackaloup highlights it beautifully.

A lower pocket is great right up until the time you can't reach it 'cos you stuffed the bag so full! (Yup, that's me: "oh, there's plenty of space in my bag for that!")
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Subee
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011 04:00:35 PM »

Can I have it?

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nikschaf
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011 01:51:24 PM »

Very cool!
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lunamadre
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011 07:00:41 PM »

I'm fairly new to making bags, I didn't even think about if the pocket was too low, lol.....that's a good point!

Thanks everyone!
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AshtonagoL
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011 10:46:54 AM »

Very cute!  I love the lacey edge straps!
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beccabach
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011 05:02:54 PM »

I know I'm late to comment, but I just had to say, what a great idea! 
And the jackalope really makes the perfect little quirky accent!
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mommasheart
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2011 06:04:11 AM »

ow cute and what a great idea!
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Jillinamillion
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2011 02:56:54 PM »

I LOVE this bag!  Great fabric you chose for the jackaloup!
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