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« on: June 24, 2005 05:09:14 AM »

Hey guys! I found this tote at oldnavy.com and I'd really like to make it! What would you suggest for fabric? It looks like it should be simple to make, but I don't know where to start!

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2005 05:22:39 AM »

You need something with a lot of body.  Look at the home dec fabrics in any fabric store (meant for drapes and upholstery).  There are usually remnants for very little money.

The instructions say to dry clean only.  But throw it the washer and dryer once or twice to really punish it. If it's going to shrink, you want it to shrink before you cut anything out.  Washing will probably also fade it a bit, usually mellowing the colors nicely.  There's a good chance that the colors will bleed in the wash, so wash with similar colors or use a dye grabber or something like that to keep the color off other items.

If you decide to go with a heavy denim, corduroy, or something else, you could use iron-on interfacing to give it a little extra stiffness. 

Lining the bag would add a lot to the professionalism.

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2005 05:44:41 AM »

Thank you LRS! I think I will use an upholstery fabric, but if I don't could I just use interfacing? I've never used interfacing before, can it be washed?
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2005 05:52:42 AM »

If you decide to go with something lighter, get an iron-on interfacing.  They come in various weights.  Be sure you get one that is pretty sturdy, but that is fusible on one-side only. 

Figure out ahead of time how much you need.  It's usually 22" wide.  You can buy as little as 1/4 yd (9").  Watch the ads.  Joanns and Hancock both have sales on this stuff all the time. 

Here's how to handle it: 
  - Pre-wash the fabric and the interfacing. 
  - Iron the fabric (but not the interfacing)
  - cut interfacing pieces a little bigger than your fabric pieces need to be
  - iron it on, according to the instructions that came with it.
  - cut out your pieces and go ahead as if it's a single piece of fabric.

Yes - the interfacing is washable.  It usually doesn't shrink, but your other fabric could and you'll end up with wrinkles if they've been ironed together without pre-shrinking. 

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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2005 12:19:33 PM »

I think that looks cute and particularly easy. Similar to the place-mat handbags that were/are popular.

LRS had great suggestions. Here's a few others:

- The handle looks like a rope handle. Go check out the hardware stores and see if there's anything interesting there you can use.
- If you're going to line it, get into the habit of cutting yourlining patterns about a 1/4 of inch smaller than your shell. This makes the lining lay nice and flat inside... especially important since this is a flat bag
- Plan accordingly. It looks as if you could do this one of two ways. The regular way would be to cut the shell in 2 peices and the lining in 2 pieces. Alternatively, you could cut the lining and the shell in 1 long rectagular piece and just sew on the two remaining sides. If you want a symmetrical seam all-around, you could even sew an inside seam on the uncut edge. Hey, why cut more fabric than you have to, right?

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