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« on: July 14, 2006 10:18:29 PM »

This is a gift for some friends getting married this weekend.  I kept it neutral enough to be worn by either guy or girl.  I'm hoping they'll use it as a festival bag since they go to outdoor music fests, and its big enough for a six pack, a water bottle, and probably a small blanket if they were ambitious.   
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The inside, sort of.  The paint was a little wet from touch ups so I was trying not to distrub it while I took pics.  That is a clip for keys with a lipbalm cozy attached.

I have a problem though.  This bag was also a try out for a style I want to use for a swap but once I got going I realized that I didn't really know what I was doing (but I never turn back).  My corners at the bottom turned out like this:

I was going for something a bit more square.  Does any of the very good craftsters here have an input into how to put a rectangle side panel on without rounding the bottom?  I am self-taught but I seem to have exhausted my creativity here.  I would love any advice you have.

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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2006 09:23:45 AM »

I would put a plastic canvas rectangle in there to help it keep square. Someting ridgit would pwrk too. If you have ever torn apart an old purse you will notice the cardboard section in it. SOmetimes sewn right in sometimes just left in between the fanric and the lining. If you do it that way I'd add a touch of glue to make shure it stays in it's intended spot.
It looks like a well made sturdy bag! 

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006 10:52:19 AM »

Couldn't you try the jordy technique, and sort of modify it..with cutting out rectangles and all? I don't have a clear picture of what I mean. It's an AWESOME bag and they will love it!


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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2006 12:37:19 PM »

I second the idea of putting something sturdy in the bottom. Maybe a thick but flexible piece of plastic (I was just thinking plastic instead of cardboard because I plastic is a little more foregiving to the end user of the bag - once you bend cardboard, it's pretty much bent forever)

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006 01:02:16 PM »

Thanks guys.  I think I'll just modify my design a bit.  I like the rectangle shape but I think I need to start making it so it opens on one of the short sides, like the jordy bag, and stiffening everything up.  I am afraid of putting something heavy in it and having this weird bulge in the bottom. 

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