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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Fabric... on: January 22, 2006 10:20:22 AM
I'm  somewhat new to sewing. I always go to the fabric store and pick out the wrong stuff. Everything I get is super streachy.

Does anyone have a fabric type that isn't really streachy? I'm fabric types illiterate

Thanks for any help! Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My really weird Messenger on: January 22, 2006 09:38:56 AM
I've been working on this for a week, well only like 4 days total. It was my first, non-purse bag. I think it turned out okay. I've never done a bag all by myself, so this is something new. The outside fabric is denim, but it is streachy  Embarrassed The inside is a pink cotton with white snowflakes on it ( $1.00/yd at Wally World).

The topstiching isn't as crooked as it looks. I'm not sure what i'm going to put on the flap yet though. It's kind of plain. Anyone have ideas?

Here's a close up of the two pockets.

Here is the inside. The front of the bag is toward the top of the picture.

I'm still waiting on the buckle slide (triglide buckle)in order to finish this. If I have something in it, the strap streaches down to where the bottom of the bag is at my ankles. It's insane Smiley

Thanks for looking.

3  Georgia / Georgia: Central / HELP! Athens area... on: January 16, 2006 11:36:23 AM
I live in the Athens area, but I am having the hardest time trying to find a specific thing. I am making a messenger bag, and the straps are adjustable. So, I need a buckle slide. I'm not sure if that is the exact name for them, but that is what is on the pattern. I have looked at Joann's, Hobby Lobby, and two Wal-Marts. I also went to the thrift store looking for overalls, but I wasn't going to pay $9 to use one slide.

Do y'all have any other places to look, or somewhere where you have successfully found this item.

Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated.  Grin
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Tote Strap Help on: January 06, 2006 01:17:24 PM
I've been a long time reader, but just recently got an account thing. Y'all are awesome!!!

I was inspired by the tote tutorial on here, so I made a tote out of canvas for my "bookbag". It looks okay, but instead of using canvas for the straps (too much of a pain) I used ribbon. It's very sturdy, but I have one problem. When I have my full book load in it (normally about 15 pounds or so), the ribbon gets into a small ball and just digs into my shoulder. The ribbon is about 2" wide, so I figured that it would be okay. Do y'all have any ideas of how to fix this in any way?

Thanks so much!!
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