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« on: April 23, 2014 12:15:35 AM »

I have seen a variation of this bag a couple of places but no pattern. I want to make my own version and incorporate the double tucks on the end of the bag.

I can't figure out what my pattern should look like. Do you think the bottom of the bag is just basic square before it is tacked into the two gusset/pleats, or is the pattern likely triangulated or rounded?

Can't get my head around how to replicate the double tucks, I'd love to hear any ideas. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014 01:39:43 PM »

If it were me, I would start with a long rectangle (think duffel bag with no end pieces..).  Long enough to make the body of the bag and the straps.  Figure out where you want the body of the bag to stop, and that's the middle section.  Cut down the middle of the strap part on both ends and possible take out a wedge to get it to taper.  That is where you would put the tucks, then sew it back up.  That is the only place I can see a seam....that may be why it is confusing?  I would make the tucks go the other direction though, as they will fill up with crud other wise.  I kind of think you will want/need to sew the top corners of the body to the handle part...about where the zipper ends would be.  Other wise, I think it will be floppier then the example.  Get some long butcher paper or tape some newspaper together and play around with that till you get close to what you want...or make a mockup with an old sheet or scarp fabrics.  oh and I would use a heavier weight fabric like denim or canvas, rather than a quilt weight....my guess is it's not lined.  Good luck Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2014 10:19:43 PM »

Thanks, Suereal!

So you think it's a really long rectangle? I couldn't tell if there might be some additional curves or something on the ends that gave the extra fabric for the tucks.

I'll have to find some scrap fabric and experiment.

Anyone have any ideas on the straps? Do you think they have some kind of interfacing to make them look thicker or is it just the volume of the fabric?

Thanks for any and all feedback!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2014 11:57:09 AM »

I imagine the straps are stiffer than the body.  You might be able to just fold the sides of the straps in to make the strap stiffer though, and not have to use interfacing...again it depends on how heavy the fabric is you end up using.  You might try googling origami purses to see if you can find some useful info there Grin
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