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Topic: Tutorial: Pleated tote bag made from vintage fabric. (Picture heavy)  (Read 208718 times)
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mgenevieve
« on: August 18, 2005 10:31:18 PM »

Hey guys!  Until today, I hadn't stitched a seam on a sewing machine since the eighth grade.  That would have been six years ago.  BUT my mom gave me her old sewing machine, and I finally found the presser feet that had wandered off, and got to work.  I was inspired by all the great bags on this board to create this:


http://photos27.flickr.com/35269211_f066ab6af3.jpg

http://photos25.flickr.com/35269209_4c47b955d0.jpg

I made up the pattern myself, and I love love LOVE it!  It came out exactly as I had envisioned it.  Here are some close ups of different parts:

http://photos24.flickr.com/35269210_3531d328a4.jpg
(And there you can see that my stitches aren't all straight Tongue)

http://photos28.flickr.com/35269208_2eb55ed623_b.jpg

The fabric was some stuff I found in my basement, and my mom told me after I finished the bag that my grandmother's kitchen curtains were made of this fabric.  My grandma's been dead a long time, so I think it's pretty cool that I could recycle something of hers (and without even knowing it!).  I also totally love that the fabric is vintage.  Anyways, that's about it, I hope you guys like it!!

ETA:  There's a tutorial on page 2 now!!  If you make this bag, I really want to see!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49030.msg452122#msg452122
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2005 03:03:34 AM »

I love, love, love your bag, too. It is sweet. What size is it. I really like the material.
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2005 06:49:44 AM »

Wow!!! It's absolutely gorgeous. I might just have to try it myself...if only I had some pretty fabric! Lxx
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2005 07:44:05 AM »

I love it!  It looks so nice and big... I think your topstiching looks great too.  All around fabulous.

I love vintage fabric... it always has that great olive green color in it I swear!
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2005 08:08:01 AM »

i adore it how did you come up with that pattern?
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2005 08:11:12 AM »


oh my gosh! that's beautiful!
how big is it?
i need one.  Wink
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mgenevieve
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2005 10:51:02 AM »

Thanks guys!  I'm glad you like it!  I'm thinking of making some more for my roommates, and if I did, would anyone be interested in a tut?  Let me know!

For those that were curious, it's pretty big.  About 10 inches tall by 15 inches wide at the widest point for the bag, and the strap is also 10 inches tall.  It fits very nicely on my shoulder, and it's big enough to hold a lot of stuff, but not soooo big that it's unwieldy.

zowolf, I honestly just started cutting and sewing it and this is what happened.  Pretty lucky, eh?  I knew what I wanted it to look like, which helped, and I was somewhat inspired by tinafish's slouchy hobo bag on this board.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2005 10:54:31 AM »

ah i love it its quite lovely
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2005 10:56:02 AM »

That fabric is SO COOL!
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2005 11:06:25 AM »

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I'm thinking of making some more for my roommates, and if I did, would anyone be interested in a tut?  Let me know!
firstly, i must say..lucky roomates! and secondly, i'm in favor of a tute please.
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i still can't get over how GORGEOUS it is!
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