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« on: October 19, 2006 03:55:22 AM »

This bag is a rather simple one i guess, but took me quite a long time because of all the bias binding with which I had never worked before.

Anyway I think it turned out nice although the little pocket in front isn't really in an upright position. But this makes it look even more handmade, don't you think?

I took the pattern from a 1976's sewing book and altered it a little (infact just for the pocket inside and the Velcro, which is obviously not that much altering).

Oh, and I made another one with yellow bias binding to better myself on that one, but it was still quite slippery to sew with. Also it didn't turn out the same on both sides of the binding. Does anyone have any suggestions on that?

So here are the pics (quite crappy, unprofessional and dark but I hope it shows everything):

messy room with bag and me in front of dusty mirror (next time I will clean up before taking pictures- I promise Wink

detail of front pocket

inside the bag

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2006 07:50:02 AM »

I really love the fabric choices you used.  That pocket is really cute!

« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2006 07:54:47 AM »

Nice bag!

I use bias binding when I bind a quilt and it's just a pain.  I sew the front side on with a machine and then hand stitch the back because I can never get the two sides lined up right, no matter how many pins I use.

I have seen a machine foot for putting bias binding on all at once so I've asked for it as a gift (it's something like $30).

I bet the yellow binding on your other bag looks great.

« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2006 08:37:47 AM »


I have seen a machine foot for putting bias binding on all at once so I've asked for it as a gift (it's something like $30).

I bet the yellow binding on your other bag looks great.

Yeah, the yellow binding is nice, but it gets dirty quite fast since the bottom of the bag is lined with it.

A special machine foot for bias binding sounds good, I just hope that I can get one for my old (but excellent working!) machine. I will google this.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2006 12:00:19 PM »

I think they are both well done. I have that foot I really like it, I got mine from nancysnotions.com it was only 15.00 plus shipping. It will work on any machine as long as you get the right shank for your machine, the website will tell you how to figure what shank you need. It doesnt really go around curves that well unless you prepress the tape into a curve before you put it in the foot, I thought Id give you a heads up on that tip. Its a good idea to practice on scraps before trying it on the project. Again cute purse.

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2006 02:13:26 PM »

I love your bag! It does evoke the 70s.

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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2007 05:50:23 PM »

I have the same Reader's Digest sewing book and made a modified version of that same bag! Yours turned out MUCH better than mine. I had a really rough time with the bias binding too. It's been sitting in my "to be repaired" pile for ages. You've inspired me to give it another shot!

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