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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Messenger-y diaper bag with zip-off changing pad. on: May 16, 2005 12:39:59 AM
As seen on this thread:

Right-click any image and choose "Show Image" to see it bigger!!

You will need...

sturdy interfacing

a yard each of outer and lining fabric.

1/2 yard or less of some sort of waterproof, wipe-clean stuff for the changing pad.
      (For the love of pete DO NOT USE PVC. Trust me. Use something NOT sticky   or you will end up wanting to flush your project down the toilet.)

2 matching zippers at least 18" long, up to 24" long. They MUST be separating zippers, and get the sturdiest, chunkiest ones you can find. The ones I used on this example were a little too petite.

Some sort of hardware for hooking the strap on. Or something.

I wanted a bag 11x14x6, so I cut the following pieces.
2 28x15 pieces for the changing pad. One of the outer, one of the waterproof stuff.
4 15x12 pieces for the front/back. 2 outer and 2 lining.
4 12x7 pieces for the sides. 2 outer and 2 lining.
2 15x7 pieces for the bottom. 1 outer 1 lining.

To get started, I separate my zippers and grab 1/2 of each. I do this because even 2 18" zippers are slightly different, and I want each to match up with its own "mate" when the bag's together.  I mark the 1/2 point on each zipper and on the cloth.

With right sides together I pin the zipper between the outer and the waterproof stuff.
VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure the "outside" of the zipper is facing the "outer" fabric, not the waterproof.

I do the same to the other side.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the "separating" ends of the zippers are both toward the same end  of the changing pad.

I sew down the sides with a zipper foot, staying about 3/16" away from the zippers. I sew up the ends leaving an opening to turn the changing pad.
I turn it right side out and get this:

If you have done this right, you should be able to zip the pad into a long tube at this point.


Next I take the 2 "side" pieces, 12x7. I find the center of the zipper again, and the center of the fabric about 1" down.  I pin the zipper as shown..dunno how to explain it.
IMPORTANT: Again the "front" of the zipper must face down, so the pull is against the fabric.

Baste as shown around the zippers. This totally sucks to do, you will have to lift and reset the presser foot a lot around the corners, probably.

Now's a good time to put on strap-holder-thingies. Also I have pressed the TOP part of the zipper up and stitched it. DO NOT DO THAT on the sides, but do on the top.

If you want to, now's a good time to put a pocket or something on the front of the bag.
I put one on, then pinned the side onto the front. I stitched along the edge over the basting. Well close enough anyway.

Open it up and see this....

Repeat for the other side.

Sew the bottom on....

I then sewed the back on and put the inside together. As when making any other bag leave an unsewn part in the lining to turn the bag through.
I set the lining in the bag (right sides together of course) ....

Stitched around (broke 7 needles in the process Roll Eyes ) and turned it inside out...

Then topstitched around the top edge which looks cleaner.

Zipped the top on and had this:

Ask questions if you have any!!
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Let's see your sewing machine!! on: May 09, 2005 12:00:36 AM
I'm curious what everyone else here is working on!

I have a Kenmore 158-17550, circa 1960- or 1970- something.

My parents got it at a yard sale almost 10 years ago for like $15. It came with all the little accessories and a bunch of cams for the decorative stitches up top.  I don't have the buttonholer though. Sad

now I do have a buttonholer for it, and I'm also proud owner of another, slightly newer Kenmore:
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / NINTENDO chair-UPDATE - DONE! on: May 06, 2005 08:16:40 PM
OK - it's not quite completed but darned close.
I got 2 of these chairs from my  work for free - I'll post later the original fabric, but trust me that the red, magenta, and purple weave was hideous.
I took apart 1, and it's been sitting in pieces all over my house for a year. Roll Eyes  I keep saying I'll reupholster it, but I didn't have any inspiration AND hadn't bought any foam.
Well I finally blew $40 on 3" super-dense foam for both chairs, and pieced together a seat out of vinyl remnants from Joanns. I am surprised my Kenmore puts up with me, that vinyl is TOUGH. I have gone through several jeans needles already, but haven't broken thread. (I LOVE you Gutermann!!)

Here is where I'm at. All I need is my parents to bring the upholstery stapler to my house so I can attach the flaps of white. It is very comfy.  I'm going to do the other chair too, not *matching* but *coordinating*. (Because I don't want the pressure of trying to make two identical items.)  Wink  I'm also going to make some throw pillows with the spare foam, maybe with koopa troopas on them or something? Some sort of nintendo something, that I know.


Stitching detail:

And, credit where credit's due...I was inspired by this awesome post:

p.s. do not look at my linoleum if you value your eyesight.

UPDATE: I finished it today. Used the VERY SCARY hydraulic stapler to attach everything. It is delightfully comfy.  If ever you decide to do something like this yourself - splurge and spend the extra $4 a yard on the high-density foam. SOOO worth it.



And another pic for those of you who wanted to see the bottom.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 1st purse and a messenger-based diaper bag on: April 24, 2005 10:15:40 PM

This is the 1st purse I ever made.
It's very utilitarian. The main part zips along that white curvy zipper, and there are hidden zippers in the side seams.

Hidden checkbook pocket open. This pocket is the exact size for my checkbook and a pen.

Chapstick/ID pocket. It's divided so the top part is for chapsticks and gum, the bottom is for IDs/credit cards/etc.

Since the main things I use from my purse are checkbook, chapstick, gum, IDs, so I put these things in their own pockets. I have used this purse for a few months now and it ROCKS. I never have to search for the things I use most.

Lesson learned, however: USE INTERFACING.

Messenger Based Diaper Bag...
I got involved on a craft swap on another forum. My swappee asked me to make a diaper bag, said she liked bold colors and messenger type bags. Here is what I came up with. Finished size is 11x14x6.

Closed up bag. Maroon corduroy on the flap....

which zips up to reveal a slashie pocket, and becomes.......

A removable wipe-clean changing pad.

The liner matches better IRL than in pics. The stripey fabric has maroon and tan and yellow and greenish stripes, so it actually does coordinate.

Let me know what you think!

(BTW you can right-click and select "View image" to see the pics bigger.)
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Sandwich on: April 23, 2005 03:10:59 AM
Made of delicious 100% cotton, a burger complete with buns, lettuce, swiss cheese, burger, and tomato. It velcros together and apart. I expect to make more ingredients eventually. Smiley

And another one:
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Japanime / James Iha / Smashing Pumpkins potholder on: March 08, 2005 08:15:48 AM

THis is my second attempt at machine applique (I haven't taken pics of the first yet.) This was done using iron-on interfacing, which is SOOO much easier than pinning. It's a potholder of James Iha I did for my sister's 18th birthday.  It is bigger than a normal potholder in one dimension to fit under small pans. It is light and dark denim on the outside and the center core is made of several layers of 100% cotton quilt batting.

Please don't look closely at the fold-over binding. :p I have a  lot to learn about installing that stuff.
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