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« on: February 03, 2012 02:42:45 PM »

This is a bag I've wanted to make for a long time.  But, a lot of laziness and a bit of anxiety prevailed.  Well, I finally got my act together and just did it.  It's the first patchwork bag I've ever made.  There were a few missteps that resulted from rash action on my part - assuming that I knew what to do next without checking.  This is an excellent tutorial with lots of pictures.  I found it on the site  "Sentimental Stitches" and it's called "So Sew Easy Schlep Bag".  The icing on the cake for me is that in honour of the occasion, I used a much-loved remnant from Wayne Clarke (patterned bit) that I'd been hoarding.

The outside :

Washed out picture of inside pockets.  Should be black :

Bottom of bag which is a 10.5 in square

This is a big bag - 21 in wide, 15.5 in long, 10.5 in square bottom.  Just for the heck of it I'd like to make a smaller version sometime.

I interfaced only the top edge, narrowed the handles by 1/2 an inch and lengthened them by 1 - 2 ins.

Thanks for looking.
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012 03:02:07 PM »

Very cute, like the shape & I love the fabric & all the pockets inside!! Great job!! Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012 04:15:36 PM »

What a fun bag!  I love the size of the bottom and the colors that you chose.
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2012 05:17:31 AM »

Thank you ladies.  I think that it really is ingeniously constructed.  My curiosity was aroused by the question of how 4 rows of squares could morph into such an exciting triangular pattern.  I just had to test it.  The final surprise for me - not being a patchworker.  It is actually a 10.5 in square bag.
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012 05:26:27 AM »

I've had this pattern for while thanks for posting. Did you use the twists for your pocket ? I couldn't find them on the website
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012 01:42:24 PM »

 Did you use the twists for your pocket? I couldn't find them on the website.

Laurakam, I added the double pocket to the pattern.  I simply cut and sewed it to the lining, as I normally would.  However, in future, I will not be doing the double pocket.  Because it is so wide, it had to be sewn too close to the top (2 1/2 in) which is not very safe.  I will make either one or two separate pockets about 8 x 8 in and sew it/them about 5 in from the unfinished top edge of the lining (front and back).  Hope this helps.  Hope you enjoy making it and then post it here.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2012 01:45:42 PM by sewfumust » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012 03:20:51 PM »

Great combination of fabrics - a lovely bag!

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