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511  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:messenger bag with gusset tutorial on: February 12, 2004 09:43:23 PM
i love piping too - in fact, I was thinking about putting some around the flap - which would look very cute.  glad y'all are finding this helpful!   Smiley
512  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / messenger bag with gusset tutorial on: February 12, 2004 07:31:20 PM
hi everyone:
i love reading the step-by-step projects on this site, so thought i'd post one of my own.  this is intended as a sort of companion piece to Jordy's square bottom lined bag tutorial.  this is for a messenger-style bag with a flap and long strap and a gusset (inset fabric on sides and bottom).  Here's a photo of the completed bag:

And here are the instructions...

1. Cut out your fabric.  The photo below shows the pieces you need.  From top to bottom: cut 1 "flap" of fabric and 1 of lining; cut 2 "front and back" of fabric and 2 of lining; cut 3 "gusset" sections from fabric and 3 from lining (two gussets are the same size, and one is slightly smaller, for the bottom of the bag); cut 1 "strap" from fabric and 1 from lining.  The dimensions of the pieces should be the finished dimensions (see below) plus 1" for seam allowances.

2. If you're using interfacing, sew or iron it on first - to each of the pattern pieces.  I ironed mine on to the lining, since I used kind of a thin cotton for the lining and it needed some toughening up.

3. Sew the 3 gusset pieces together at the short ends, with one long section on each side of the shorter section.  You should have one long strip of fabric with two seams.  Press the seams open.

4. Pin the gusset to one of the "front and back" pieces (which are identical at this point).  Here's what it should look like:

Pin the corners first: the way to do this is to clip the gusset seam a bit and pin it to the fabric like so:

Pin the rest of the gusset on and stitch; trim the seam and clip the corners.  Stitch the gusset onto the other "front and back" section in the same way.  Here's what it looks like when both sections are pinned/stitched to the gusset - you can see the bag starting to take shape:

Turn the bag rightside out when both sides are stitched, and press seams.

5.  Next you're going to make the flap that attaches onto the front of your bag.  First, attach one half of a magnetic snap to the lining.  Pin the fabric and lining flap sections together and sew around three edges, leaving one long edge open.  Trim seam, turn rightside out, and press.  Sew optional trim around the edges.  Here's what it looks like when finished:

Attach other half of magnetic snap to bag front:

Pin the flap to the back of the bag, right sides together:

6. Pin strap and lining sections together and stitch along long edges.  Trim seam, turn righside out, and press.  Topstitch along both edges.  Pin the strap to the gusset sections, right sides together:

7. I made two interior pockets - cut four rectangles from the lining material.  Pin two pieces together for each pocket, sew around the edges, and leave a small opening for turning. Trim seams, turn, and press.  Pin the pockets to the "front and back" lining sections.  I made one a pen and pencil holder (in photo on right) and one is a regular pocket with a Velcro closure (in photo on left).

Topstitch around edges of each pocket; topstitch in 1-1/4" rows for pen holder.

8. Prepare gusset lining sections same as for main bag.  The only difference is that you should leave an opening in one side to turn the bag rightside out.  Here's a photo of the bag lining stitched together with the opening in the bottom:

9. Pin lining and bag together at top edges, with bag inside lining and right sides together.  Stitch top edges together, trim seam, and turn rightside out through hole in bottom. Here's a photo of the bag after turning:

Press the top edges of bag, and sew up the hole in the lining.  Push the lining down into the bag, and press the top edge again.  Topstitch around top edge of bag, and voila!

This particular bag's finished dimensions are: 13" long, 10"wide, and 2 1/2" deep.  The strap is 48" long and the flap is 7 1/2" long.  You can make this bag any size you want, of course.  This size can hold a good amount of stuff without feeling too bulky:

Any questions, please let me know - and I hope this is interesting/helpful!
513  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Flower washcloth (or whatever you want it to be) on: February 12, 2004 11:02:55 AM
hi there:

i also made this washcloth from the book and like it a lot - although mine looks a lot more like a starfish than a flower.  here's a picture so you can see what I mean:

am I doing something wrong when i'm knitting the petals, do you think?  i followed the pattern exactly - maybe I'm slipping those last stitches wrong?  I still dig the cloth - it's super-soft and sooooo nice to wash my face with - but just wondrin'...
514  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: February 12, 2004 10:50:03 AM
I love this thread!  It has been so cool to see everyone's wonderful finished projects from this kick-ass book.  I'm posting one of my own, at long last.  I've made the felted marsupial tote, the umbilical cord baby hat, and the needle case.  Here are some pictures of the case, which I love:

I'm jonesin' to start the to-dye-for sweater and the kittyville hat.  
515  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with wire? on: February 10, 2004 04:17:22 PM
Does anyone out there know of any good resources for learning how to knit with wire?  (websites, books, etc.)  I saw some lovely knitted chokers and bracelets recently made from wire and beads and would love to try this...  Thanks!

516  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:scrap yarn projects? or what the hell can i do with my stash? on: February 10, 2004 04:11:35 PM
There's a cool pattern in the book "Weekend Knitting" by Melanie Falick designed to help you use up some of your stash.  It's called "Felted Stash Accessories Bag" and it's a cute striped bag that you knit from various odds and ends and then felt.  It's supposed to be about 10" wide by 6" high when done, but theoretically you could make any size you want.  As long as the yarns are around the same gauge it should work.

Also, I'm an eBay junkie and I often will sell random balls of leftover yarn in lots - people buy them, esp. if they're nice yarns.
517  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Felted iPod Cozy on: February 10, 2004 03:51:40 PM
LAWebChick, you rule!  This is my first post, although I've been lurking on this site for quite a while.  I love the iPod cozy so much I just had to post!  I'm definitely going to try this- I don't have a cell phone (so all those cell phone cozy patterns don't do me any good) but I DO have a Pod... yay!

As for the hole issue, I agree with kayray, you probably can simply cut yourself a hole now that it's felted and then secure the edges.

Thanks for the idea!   Smiley
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