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« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2009 04:37:36 AM »

WOuld I have to cut the piece of fabric any different, or would a plain old rectangle give me the space to gather in the center like that and leave the ends free without much distortion?

« Reply #31 on: July 03, 2009 05:48:49 AM »

I think a rectangle would be fine.  You may need to cut the purse in a trapezoid (larger side at top) or add some inches to the top of your bag in order to accommodate the gathers and still end up with the shape you want.  Here is a photo of a placemat purse I recently made with gathers in the top.  They go all the way across - yours would need to be centered and you would use a larger strip of fabric and elastic.

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« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2009 12:58:19 PM »

Oooh very pretty

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« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2009 02:37:48 PM »

My purse looks lots different than the effect you are trying to achieve, but the principle is the same.  It looks as if the gathered portion in your purse is about 2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep. 
Here's a basic picture of what I would do:

(I cut off the bottom dimensions - should be 14 inches - when you add elastic to the casing, the top will also become 14 inches.)

-make a casing about 4 inches wide and 1/4 inch deeper than the width of your elastic.  -Center the the casing on the inside of your purse. Stitch the top and bottom of the casing to the bag (through both the lining and the outside - this assumes you have already turned the purse or that you are using bias binding to close the top edges). 
-Feed elastic through the casing. 
-Stitch one end to hold the elastic.
-Pull the elastic through the casing (use a safety pin) until you have gathered the casing to be 2 inches long.
-Sew the other end of the casing/elastic to secure it.
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2009 07:04:40 PM »

I really like your own purse, I was going to figure it in newspaper to see how the shaping would go, but wow thank you for the mini tute.
I really really appreciate it.

« Reply #35 on: July 04, 2009 01:19:58 PM »

I've looked around on here for about 15 minutes and can't find it so I decieded to ask: does anyone know where I can get a pattern to make a purse out of one of my husband's old ACU tops? He's deploying again to Iraq this fall and would love to have something that means a lot to him with me at all times, besides just his kids. I would also like to send one to his mom. I'm not very good with coming up with my own patterns, so if there is one that I can copy and use, it would be extremely helpful! Thanks!

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« Reply #36 on: July 04, 2009 08:29:56 PM »

You can use any old pattern for such a thing.  Just think of the ACUs as fabric and cut away.  If you want to keep pockets intact, you can either rip them off and sew them onto your bag, or you can fussy-cut the fabric to place the pockets where you'd like.  In the tutorials list here, there's a very basic square-bottom bag called "the jordy" that would be very easy to make from these.  You can look through the tutorials for other neat ideas such as adding zipper pockets or a zipper top, etc.  Here's the tutorial list:  
Just look at some others for inspiration and get started.  I'm sure you'll make something great!  If you mess up, there's always another pair lying around, right?  At least there is at my house.   Smiley  
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« Reply #37 on: July 05, 2009 12:45:16 PM »

I've seen these quite a bit on Craftster.And, by the looks of it, they're also extremely useful.The downside?Where to find the tutorials!And sorry to disappoint you 'sellers' but this chick ain't gonna buy something she can make with her own two hands...and some instructions if available.So, if you know where I can find a FREE tutorial, I'd really appreciate it!
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« Reply #38 on: July 05, 2009 02:41:24 PM »

here is one


I'm googling to see if i can find some others...

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« Reply #39 on: July 05, 2009 03:50:02 PM »

I make and sell a lot of these. What I did when I first wanted to make one was look at an old bag pattern that I had and tried to work it around the uniform. That didn't work all that well for me and didn't look exactly as I imagined. So I drafted my own pattern and worked out how to cut/dismantle the uniform and have it look good.

If you look at the shirt as just fabric then that helps. I also found that cutting around the pockets, ironing them crazy flat, and then sewing them on the bag where I wanted worked better for me than trying to cut the shirt in a way to keep them intact.

Hope this helps. Smiley

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