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« on: July 31, 2013 12:48:29 PM »

I made a duffel bag that I loved some time ago, but my adorable little dog climbed into it to take a nap and decided to chew up the zipper instead. (You can see that one here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358614.msg4201046#msg4201046 )

So I needed another bag. This time I needed something a bit smaller - the duffel was huge. I found this awesome tutorial here at craftster and decided to give it a go, because it's different than any type of bag I have made before and I like a challenge. I had a lot of problems (because I wasn't paying attention, not because of the tutorial. It was a zipper issue.) and ended up having to trim the front and back panels. I had already sewn on the pockets so after trimming they ended up being out of proportion and the smaller patch pockets ended up tiny. I also added side pockets to the gusset. I think it turned out quite nice in spite of my issues. There is a good sized zipper pocket on the inside too.
(Edited to add a link to the tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0#axzz2aeXLqJcP)

I also made a matching roll-up toiletries bag using this tutorial (http://www.pellonprojects.com/projects/cosmetics-case/).

So anyway, my 9-year-old son saw it and immediately wanted me to make him one in camo. I think his turned out way better and he loves it. I still need to add a removable shoulder strap with shoulder pad to his but I like the way it turned out. His is a bit bigger, 'cause I didn't have to trim his - I was paying attention. There are 5 full sized towels in there now and probably room for at least one more. I have promised him a manly toiletries bag that matches.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2013 01:08:05 PM »

Gorgeous fabric and so well made!

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2013 07:31:04 AM »

Great job.  You even outdid the original. . .

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2013 02:15:40 PM »

Love the camo bag!  What fun for your son!  Nice work.  It's true that the second one is always a bit better...we learn from our mistakes. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2013 06:14:47 PM »

Wow!  This rocks!
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2013 06:18:22 PM »

Oh I love this.  Thank You!   Grin

I've been looking for a tutorial on making a bag just like this that I want to customize a bit.  A friend of mine is having a baby this winter and I want to sew a few things for her and the new little one.   One of the items being a diaper bag that is this style.  Simple but functional.  Having three of my own munchkins I think I have an idea of what some of the most useful options would be to add to it.   Now just to settle and decide on a fabric.....

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2013 10:06:11 AM »

Those are great! I'm going to have to get that pattern.

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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2013 06:36:00 PM »

Awesome job! Love the fabrics. Thanks for stuffing them with towels, it really looks nicer and gives everyone a better idea of the size of the bags.

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2013 05:06:42 AM »

Lovely bags!  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2013 06:47:54 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a featured project!

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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2013 03:21:42 PM »

They are all great, so well made!
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2013 04:14:59 AM »

You've done a great job on these; especially the fabric choices for your son's bag!

Thanks for posting the links to the tutorials too, I have a feeling I might be trying my hand at these soon...   Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2014 06:50:59 PM »


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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2014 10:41:28 AM »

I love it! Cheesy

I may just have to make one for myself. I have been needing a sturdy bag to haul around my craft stuff.

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