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251  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Messenger Bag Flap Help on: January 13, 2006 05:51:57 AM
Hah! That's an awesome trick Smiley

I'd be afraid of bubbling forming on the outer fabric. Has that ever been an issue for you?
252  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Having Problems with the Top o' Bags on: January 12, 2006 05:05:54 PM
If this is a messenger bag type it could be that the flap is too wide. I ran into this problem recently with my messenger bag. The straps were "squishing" in the top of the bag, causing it to all slump to the middle when worn.

I'd try heavier interfacing or double-up on the interfacing as others suggested above.
253  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Messenger Bag Flap Help on: January 12, 2006 04:50:33 PM
Thanks Smiley

Yeah I didn't think to use interfacing, so it's just a bag with a heavy bottomweight fabric as the outer and a soft quilting cotton as the lining.

I didn't sew the velcro straight through, because it would have sewn right over the embroidery and appliques Sad

I've got another pattern I've drafted that I'm going to give a whirl this weekend, so hopefully I won't run into this problem as severely again.
254  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sewing like a madwoman... (IMG HEAVY) on: January 12, 2006 07:23:08 AM
They're very pretty. I especially like the fabric on the first tote!

I'm jealous Tongue
255  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Messenger Bag Flap Help on: January 11, 2006 02:40:21 PM
I made my first bag the other day, a messenger bag. It's an awesome little thing, especially for my first run at making my own bag. I used velcro strips to adhere the flap to the bag when it is in its closed state.

The problem is when I lift the flap away from the messenger bag, the lining tugs and is very loose.

Now, I didn't interface the bag at all... could this be the issue? Should I perhaps use a heavier stock of interfacing on the lining of the flap to give it more structure?

256  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo DS Game Bag on: January 11, 2006 11:44:04 AM
Hi all, this is my first time posting here, so I thought I'd start by posting my Nintendo DS bag that I made for myself this past weekend. Basically, I got a Nintendo DS from my family for Christmas with four games. The games are much too delicate and small to carry around without their original casing, which tends to be pretty large (4"x4"). I decided to make a bag for it, since I couldn't find one that satisfied my tastes.

I embroidered the top using my Viking Rose, then appliqued some of the lining fabric to the top. Here's two pictures of the bag:



Since this is my first bag, and my own pattern, I messed up by not interfacing *at all*. I don't plan on doing that the second time around. This is my own personal bag and it gets the job done for me. My kid sister and brother both want bags now, so next time around I'm going to use some medium-weight interfacing all over.

The trickiest part to me is the messenger bag flap. I used velcro on the flap to adhere it to the bag when shut. The problem is, when the bag opens, the lining pulls away from the outer (black) fabric, giving it a really floppy feel. Any solutions to this would be most welcomed!
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