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Topic: *TUTE on p2* fabbbbulous vintage fabric little tote! and it's reversible too  (Read 4223 times)
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« on: December 22, 2005 06:19:05 PM »

i'm so excited about this one!
i love that it stands and keeps its shape (something I've been trying my bags to get to do for the longest time), AND best of all it was easy to sew.

This little cutie is for my friend charmaine's birthday. She likes simple, little bags so I thought it would suit her.
It's completely reversible, one side being a beige corduroy and the other is vintage fabric from a local retro furniture and upholstery store, called Lorgan's.  The vintage fabric was given to me by another friend, and it was so gorgeous I had been hoarding it, but this seemed a good a time as any to make use of it. You can't sling the tote on your shoulder, it's meant to be carried around in the hand.

On the advice of a sewer friend, I added an extra 2 layers of fabric (muslin) to the base of the bag and this made an amazing difference to the structure of the bag. It took me under 4 hours from beginning (drafting and cutting) to end.







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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2005 06:21:47 PM »

Beautiful, I love the shape.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2005 06:24:49 PM »

oh please please give us a tutorial! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2005 07:20:04 PM »

love the fabric!!

did you use interface or just the muslim?
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2005 10:12:27 PM »

interfaced everything - exterior and lining fabric as well as the straps. this helped with the stiffness i suppose.
i'll try to work out a tutorial!
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2005 06:46:35 AM »

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!        What kind of sewing machine needle did you use? I have corduroy and upholstry fabric I want to use for purses.
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2005 10:41:46 AM »

Ooooh that fabric is making me drool.  O_O
Great job!!
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2005 12:31:11 PM »

This bag is great, nice job.
The fabric is fab.
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2005 06:00:02 PM »

Great job.  I LOVE the fabric.
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2005 04:38:21 AM »

Really awesome bag! I used to go crazy with interfaces too, just loved how it made cheap fabric look a lot stiffer.

I bet your friend will love it!  Grin (When's her b'day anyway?)
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2005 06:10:22 AM »

Bravo!!!  The small tote is so well made and so strikingly beautiful. 

Left over flannel also makes nice interlining, or other fabric scraps - as long as there is no color show through you can even use prints.  Kenneth King does that, in his book he said he enjoys the secret that there is a fun goofy pattern holding up an elegant couture garment.
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2005 06:22:14 AM »

I LOVE your retro fabric!  Very swanky!!  I love making bags that are reversible, two fun little bags in one.  I'm sure your friend is going to be thrilled.
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2005 01:25:21 PM »

that's perttyful! please make a tutorial! i will make a billion if you do! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2005 01:29:28 PM »

That is a classy, professional-looking bag, one of the best I've seen!  I love it so much.
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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2005 05:09:48 PM »

you must share how you made that. is it a jordy?
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2005 09:02:18 PM »


Cut fabric out as shown.

IMPT NOTE: I'm sorry after I uploaded this I discovered a mistake in the number of pieces for the main & base/side piece.
It should be FOUR pieces of interfacing for the main piece, and ONE piece each of the outer and lining fabric, and 2 pieces of interfacing


Remember to add seam allowances all around - I used 1cm (about 1/2”) seams.

The number of pieces of the main fabric, lining & interfacing are give by the numbers in circles.
Since this is a reversible bag, Lining refers to the 2nd fabric you want to use.
 
There are 3 pattern pieces as shown.

Main Piece:

Draft according to your desired measurements.
I used 24cm (width) and 18cm (height) - excluding seam allowances. Curve the 2 bottom edges. Measure length “x”.

Base & Sides of Bag:

The base and sides of the bag are in once piece.
Use “x” to determine the length of the 2nd piece, which will make the base and sides of the bag. Decide on the width you'd like for the base/sides, and draft accordingly. I used 7cm for the width - excluding seam allowances.


Bag Straps:

These are folded in 1/2 later to create the strap. Mine was 34cm (L) by 5cm (W) - excluding seam allowance. The finished width of the strap is
2.5cm (1/2 of 5cm).

Iron interfacing to wrong side of outer and lining pieces for Main & Base of bags. Iron interfacing to outer piece for straps.
Cut a double layer of muslin (or any thick scrap fabric) the same width as the base - the length should be the same as the base of the bag.
Using temporary stitch, baste/sew the muslin onto the Wrong side of the outer base of the bag.

Iron straps in 1/2 length-wise, Wrong Sides (WS) together. Fold in seam allowances along the length of the strap  to the WS so only right side (RS) fabric shows. The strap should measure 2.5cm wide.

Edge stitch the straps along the length on both sides.

For both the outer and lining pieces, join the base piece to the 2 main pieces, along "x"
Note *For lining piece* - leave a gap unsewn of about 10cm at the side.

You should now have 2 "container" looking pieces - taking the shape of the bag. 1 of the outer fabric, and the other of the lining.
For the outer layer - make sure that the WS faces you, i.e. RS fabric is on the inside of the "container".
For the lining layer - it should be the opposite, the RS should face you.
Attach the straps with a temporary stitch to the outer layer, on the RS of fabric, matching raw edges of the container to the straps. Make sure your stitches do not go beyond the seam allowance you have allocated. The straps should lie on the inside of the "container".
Place the lining layer on top of the outer layer - RS of each layer should be facing each other, with the straps are sandwiched in between.

Sew around the top of the bag.
Turn the bag right side out via the gap you left in the lining layer.
Iron the top edges of the bag so the edges lie flat.
Top stitch approx. 0.5cm from the edge of the top of bag.
Slip stitch the gap in the lining layer - this produces an invisible stitch so the bag can be fully reversible!

I hope this was helpful and please post pictures if you make any!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2005 11:27:39 PM »

pretty! thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2005 05:29:08 AM »

WOW, that tute was fast!  You are a gem to take time during a busy holiday season to put up such a well thought out tute with wonderful detail.  The rounded edges give this bag such a lovely custom touch.  Hugs.
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« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2005 05:42:08 AM »

yay, thnks for the tut!!
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2005 05:55:48 AM »

It looks awesome! I'm loving the vintage fabric as well. If only such pretty fabrics can be found here T___T
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