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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Diaper Bag that is good for the goose AND the gander on: May 30, 2009 12:21:06 PM
I saw the Jamie that is apparently also a favorite of Brad Pitt and thought I had hit the jackpot. A co-worker is having a baby and I would really like to sew her and her husband a diaper bag that will work for both of them.

Problem #1:  I know nothing about what makes a good diaper bag.

Problem #2:  Her husband is a very large man (muscular and very tall former football player) and while the Jamie bag looks cool, it doesn't really suit his size.

I was thinking of using these tutorials to make a knock-off version of the Jamie bag, but I would really like some input from people who have actually had need of a diaper bag to give me some tips.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / B.Y.O.B. on: March 31, 2008 11:26:56 AM
I just found a tutorial for a reusable shopping bag, and I wanted to pass it on.  It's very similar to the Envirosax bags.  The bag folds up into a little bundle held together by a snap.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Sassy Bag Demo on Kaye's Quilting Friends on: January 16, 2008 07:33:29 PM
Joan Hawley demonstrates how to make the Sassy Bag from Lazy Girl Designs.

It's a neat little bag that seems perfect when you don't have much stuff to carry around, but need the option of extra space.

Just thought I'd pass the link along.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Call for Submissions - Closed on: December 02, 2007 07:43:05 AM
Somebody forwarded me an E-mail from Interweave Press calling for submissions for crocheted gifts.

vanillaxlight is always stressing that we have to start submitting designs if we want to see more crochet patterns available; so, I thought that this is a perfect for many of us to get our ideas out there.

Here is the flyer.  Originally in PDF form, I have it as a jpg to make it easier to pass on.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Squaring corners to form box on: October 31, 2007 11:00:20 AM
This overnight bag is exactly the type of bag I wanted to make for myself, and I was wondering if anybody had made one already.

I really like the idea that it is made with only 4 pieces of fabric, and from the pictures, I know how to go about squaring the corners on the bottom, but I can't figure out the squared corners on the top.  Do you think the construction would be similar to a making a mock box pillow?

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Can you help me improvise? on: September 17, 2007 05:33:50 PM
I am making myself a sewing tote, but I forgot to cut out the gusset for the outside pocket, and I don't have any more of my main outside fabric to make one. 
I've asked my sewing teacher, but she and I have two different opinions about how to interpret the instructions; so, I thought I would ask y'all to see what y'all think. 

The zippers have been added to the side with the elastic, but not to the side with little pockets yet.

Any ideas on how I could improvise an outside pocket without the gusset?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's Thermal on: August 11, 2007 07:10:33 AM
I saw a vest version of Thermal from Knitty, and I am thinking of making one for myself, but in crochet.

Does anybody know of a crochet stitch that is similar?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pencil Case for RB on: August 04, 2007 12:35:04 PM
I made my nephew a pencil case using Miss You Sew Much's zipper pouch tutorial.

The black is from a pair of my daddy's work pants and the lining is from a message board I made in college.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting cables on: May 25, 2007 05:56:56 AM
Check out the Cable Tote Bag!

I don't know about you, but I actually like crocheted cables.  It's great whenever someone puts them to good use.  Cool
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Fabric bags shaped like plastic shopping bags on: May 15, 2007 08:31:16 PM
Has anybody ever tried making something like this fabric shopping bag?  I want to try the pattern, but I was wondering if those with more experience sewing could give me some tips on making the execution a bit better.  It seems easy enough, but I have a couple questions:
  • Is there a better way to make the handles?  Just cutting them out makes them seem a bit unfinished to me; and
  • Would putting a binding on the bottom seam make the bag less likely to fray?  I don't have a serger and I would rather the stitching was either nicer looking or not visible at all.  What about using either French or flat felled seams?  Would they work?
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