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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / How long does it take you to make a bag? Suggestions? on: February 24, 2013 03:53:53 AM
I just read an article about a woman who makes handbags and sells them. She says it takes her 2-3 hours to make one.  The accompanying photo shows a fairly simple tote style purse.  I'm thinking, "What's wrong with me?  I've never made a bag that quickly and I've been sewing for 40 years."  It takes me about 2 hours just to cut out and interface...granted, I usually interface every piece and add tons of pockets.  It takes more time if the bag is complicated. I'm just curious what your experience is and would love your suggestions for making bag projects go faster - especially the cutting out/interfacing part.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Source for thin foam backing? on: January 15, 2011 09:28:04 AM
I took apart an old Vera Bradley bag and noticed that it is quilted with a thin (1/8") open cell foam sheet.  The foam has no backing (like headliner) and is very flexible.  Does anyone have a source for this type of backing?  It gives fabric bags really nice structure without being bulky.  Closed cell foam (like craft foam) is too stiff. I would appreciate any suggestions.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Amy Butler Sweet Harmony Tote on: December 13, 2010 04:03:57 AM
I've made this bag before - you'd think I would have learned. I'm making this one as a gift for a teacher at school who is having her first baby.  The problem is the way the bag hangs when it's closed and hanging on your shoulder.  I put three magnetic clasps - one on each end and two in the middle, but that's not particularly convenient for a mom who's trying to open the bag while carrying a child.  The bag calls for fusible fleece sealed by a layer of fusible interfacing, which I used.  I probably should have used Peltex on the exterior panels, but that may give it too much structure.  Next time, I will install a zipper instead of using magnetic closures.  In the meantime, what can I do?  Has anyone ever used boning?  I noticed U-handbag sells it for use in purses.  Is it possible to install boning after the fact? I haven't yet closed the lining, so could still reach the wrong side of the exterior top edge of the purse.  I welcome any suggestions.  Thanks.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Spray-on fusible web - has anyone tried it? on: June 06, 2010 04:20:53 AM
...for applying interfacing? http://www.sprayandfix.com/606.html - I can only find one review, a positive one, on Amazon. Dritz also makes one.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another Placemat Purse on: June 23, 2009 02:44:50 PM
I made this small bag from two placemats I purchased on clearance from the Williams-Sonoma outlet.  A button and loop closure hold it shut, although with the gathered opening, it probably didn't need one.  I forgot to sew in a snap or velcro to anchor the drop-in bottom to the "gusset" triangles - suppose I can do it later or tuck the triangles under the bottom. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

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