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1  Shoulder Bag with Piping and Cool Chevron Stripes Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: June 23, 2007 09:37:38 AM
Hello All,

Here in London it's chucking down with rain, what a great excuse to get the sewing machine out and make some lovely bagginess!

I have just finished a step-by-step tute for this shoulder bag.  It has satin ribbon piping on the top edge and the pocket trim, and I have made my stripy fabric just a that bit more fun by turning into chevron stripe.  I also used over sized rings on the handles to make them a bit more funky too.

To see this tutorial and lots more photos please visit my blog http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2007/06/piping-stripein.html

I'd love to know what you think of my summer bag  Grin


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2  Cute groceries bag with its own cozy -aka Simple Curved Bag Gusset TUTORIAL LINK in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: April 21, 2007 08:14:01 AM
Hi Folks,

I have posted for aaaggges!  I hope you're all well and having lots of bag making fun.  I just wanted to share my latest bag with you.

We all know that plastic bags are not good news for the environment, so I've made this bag to take to the shops.

This bag has a curved gusset (which is suprisingly easy to sew - honest!) and it's own stuff sack so you can keep this groceries bag in your handbag to have it handy.

If you'd like to make this bag please check out my step-by-step photo tutorial on my blog  http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2007/04/one_of_the_medi.html

I hope you like it; I'd love to know what you think  Grin
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3  My latest bag for a mag - Cornflower Clasp Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: February 08, 2007 01:10:29 AM
Hello All,

Here is my latest bag for Sewing World Magazine http://www.sewingworldmagazine.com/issue/issue.aspx?cid=3648

It called Cornflower Clutch Purse.  I have used a metal clasp purse frame, some pretty home funishing cornflower fabric for the exterior, and some wide weave home furninshing fanbric for the lining. 

For the shoulder strap I used more of the cornflower fabric with some pale blue silk on the underside because I wanted the silk to show up in the knots at the base of the shoulder strap.  I really pleased with how the knots look.  It's also easy to undo the knots if you want to use the purse a clutch.

Wide View

Side View ('knot pretty', heh! heh!)

Inside View

I hope you like it, thanks for looking XX
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4  Flexi [fabric] stash purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: January 27, 2007 08:25:09 AM
Hi All,

here is a little coin purse that I often make with the left over fabric from making a handbag so I can having a matching purse for the bag.  

To see the step-by-step tutorial for flexi purse frames (with loads of pics) visit my blog.

Front View

Inside view

Thanks for looking XX
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5  Curved purse frames de-mystified (aka. Dottie Glasses Case) with tutorial link in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: January 24, 2007 02:58:21 AM
Hi All,

I've been having some fun with some polka dot oil cloth and a curved purse frame.  I love making purse frame purses because they are quick to make and the result is really satisfying.  

This eye glasses case is made from Dottie oil cloth in French Blue (by Moda), a curved purse frame, and it has a cute pink bow and a matching detachable wrist loop.  I also put some heavy sew-in interlining within the purse to help protect glasses.  The whole thing took me just over an hour.

To see the step-by-step tutorial for curved purse frames (with loads of pics) visit my blog http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2007/01/eye_eye_glasses.html

Front view

Top & interior view

Flat bottom & side view

Is a (sun)glasses case something that you would use?

Thanks for looking! XX

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6  Plum Velvet and Oriental blues Mmmmmmmessenger!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: January 14, 2007 11:40:49 AM
Hi Everyone,

I made this messenger bag for my lovely sister for Christmas, and I'm really happy that she likes it.

It is made from furnishing weight plum coloured velevet and some Kona Bay Fabric.  The strap is adjustable, the closure is a metal lanyard clip and D-ring, and there is a thick foam bag bottom in it too. 

I also put  polyester boning all around the top seam of the bag so that when the bag is open the opening doesn't flop in on itself (which is something that drives my sister nuts with her other larger bags), and I put the polyester boning on the sides too to give them a bit of support.

Front View

Side View

Inside View

Thanks for looking  Smiley

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7  Really happy with my Polar Bear Wash Bag/Make up Tidy!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: January 02, 2007 10:41:44 AM
Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you had some great parties during the holidays. I did and I still haven't quite  recovered yet  Tongue

It's now Ok for me to show you some presents I made for Xmas for my friends.  I made a wash bag tidy thing for one of my friends that can be rolled up for trips or it can be hung on a hook to keep your make up bits in order.

The outside is made from plastic coated cotton which has the cutest polar bears on  it.  The inside has two zippered clear plastic pockets, and a large open pocket for larger bottles of potions!  (Teflon coated machine feet ROCK!)  Luckily I have tape maker so I was able to make loads and loads of yellow cotton tape for the trim and the ties.

My frriend was really happy with the bag, and I've been asked to make another one.  I'm so happy with the way it turned out.

What you think of it?

Thanks for looking X

Outside View

Inside View
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8  'Appley' Crafty Carry Case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: December 12, 2006 02:11:44 AM
Hello All,

It's the time of month where I have to design a bag for a mag.  This months theme is 'storage solutions'.  Whilst doing a bit of research I found this nice knitting organiser http://www.organizedknitter.com/aboutcases/intshot_gadget.html

The orgainser is more of a roll than a bag (and I'm supposed to design bags) so I designed this organiser-and-craft-project-tote-around-case thing.  The bamboo rod handles provide a strong frame on which to carry around all of your sewing/knitting bits and the whole thing can be shut like a book.

I used my teflon coated foot for the first time on this project and Wow Man! they are just brilliant.  Bring on the plastic, bring on the vinyl for I fear you no more!

Carry case when shut.

Large pocket with flap and D-ring closure for your storing your craft project.

  Wide view showing large pocket, clear plastic zippered pocket, and knitting needle/tool case with flap.

What do you think folks; is this case something that you would use?

Thanks for looking XX

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9  Purse frames de-mystified (aka. Laundry Day clutch purse) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: December 01, 2006 03:29:41 PM
Hi All,

Ever wondered how to work those metal purse frames.  I did too, and after a lot of experimenting and ruining of frames I have finally figured out a way which doesn't involve me pulling my hair out! 

I'm so tempted to keep this one, but I must be strong...

If you would like to see a step-by-step tute and pics for using purse frames check out my bag making blog.


Thanks for looking XX
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10  Pleated Pouch of Apples - Yum! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Lady Bag on: November 30, 2006 06:41:06 AM
Hi All,

I've made a purse using this cool frame and some baby soft cordurory which has cute apples all over it

To see a step by step tute with pics have a look in my  everything-to-do-with bag making blog


I hope you like it.  Thanks for looking. X


Thanks so much for the kind comments everybody.

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