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« on: December 04, 2005 04:57:19 AM »

Hey all!!

I LOVE this pattern. I have made three of these bags now. The first one I made for myself, and here it is:

Front:


Back:


With the tool holder opened up:


Sooo.... the first time it took about 16 hours. Yes, don't laugh. I think the reason is that Amy is really good at aiming her instructions at newbie sewers, and writes a LOT of detail. Good for newbies definitely but I kept finding myself overthinking things.

So, number 2, made for Bells (she's on craftster too):

Front: (you can see the pin cushion which tucks nicely inside the pocket)


Back:


with the tool holder open:


Important note at this point: the instructions say you should use grosgrain ribbon for the tool holder strips, so that's what I used the first time. However, that is dumb. it doesn't hold anything. So for this one and the next one I used elastic which is DEFINITELY the way to go.

For Bells I also made a knitting needle roll and a notions purse.




So here is number 3, for mum for christmas:

Front:


Back:


Amy says you can use either fusible interfacing or cotton batting for reinforcement, but for each of these I hve used the fusible interfacing and a heavyweight (home decorating) cotton.


Anyhoo, I love Amy Butler's patterns. I have quite a lot of them. Tall Poppy Crafts sells some of them in Australia, otherwise check out www.amybutlerdesigns.com and see where you can get them. The bag has EVERYTHING you could want in a craft tote, whatever your medium.

Thanks for checking this out!

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2005 07:09:35 AM »

I luv them all, gr8 work. Esp. the one which u made for urself. was it hard to make them n how much time did it take?
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2005 02:22:03 PM »

Really cute, all of them. I like the pink/green polka do fabric especially, though!! Those would make great gifts!! Awesome work!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2005 03:25:59 PM »

They arer challenging - so many pieces to work with. I can put on together in about four hours once I have cut out the pieces. You need to have an ironing board close by as you do a lot of ironing in the course of the work!!!
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