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Topic: My Changable Photo Bag **UPDATED w/ picture Tute.**  (Read 27740 times)
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« on: January 21, 2007 09:51:29 AM »

This is my first post and my frist sewing projects EVER!! I wanted a sewing machine for christmas and I got it. So I decided to make a Photo purse and while looking at other purses online getting ideas my almost three year old decided she needed a purse so I made her a little tote type bag out of Dora material. she carries it EVERYWHERE with her toys in it.


First thing you need to make a template that is just a little smaller than the pictures you plan on using in your purse/bag. having the window just a little smaller than the window allows you to sew around the window and not make the window to big. If once you stitch the window it is just a tad to small for your picture its better to have to trim your picture than it would be to have fabric showing around the inside of the window, it would give it a sloppy look.


1. Once you make your template trace it onto your fabric using a washable pencil.

2. Cut from corner to corner of your rectangle.    

3. Pin each triangle back just to the line that you drew in step one.

4. Cut a piece of vinly that is about a half an inch bigger on all sides than the window. Lay and pin (I use a pin in two corners of the window) to the wrong side of fabric.

5. Place the tissue over the vinly and then sew along the TOP of the window. (I stitch with the right side of the fabric up so I can get close to the window edge.)

6. Pull the tissue away from the stitches slowly just pulling the tissue off.

7. Place a piece of matching fabric (with the right side facing out of the window on the back of the vinyl.Sew around only the THREE remaining sides leaving the TOP of the fabric open. This will create a pocket. Trim the triangles off just even with the vinyl and fabric. (you want about a half an inch of vinly on all sides of the window to prevent ripping. The outer part is done.


8. With the wrong sides of your fabric (the window piece and the front piece you have cut for your lining) facing eachother, make a mark roughly were your pocket begins and ends. Cut from one mark to the other. Making a slit.

9. Fold back just the edge of the slit and sew it in place as close to the edge as you can. the slit does not have to be that big just big enough to get in and get a photo in the window.

10. Cut a piece of matching material just a little larger than the slit is wide. Fold this piece in half (wrong sides together) and sew the ends up.

11. Turn rightside out and sew just above the slit in the fabric.

Finish the purse just like you would any other purse with a lining in it. WHEN SEWING THE LINING IN YOUR BAG MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE WINDOW AND THE SLIT BOTH IN THE SAME POSTITION. The first one of these I made I sewed the lining with the front attached to the back.

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2007 11:06:31 AM »

Awww how cute is that. Loving that polka dots on the brown cute:) great job.

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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2007 04:04:25 PM »

I have always wanted to make a photo purse that the pictures can be changed to different pixs.Is that how yours is??? Love it..could you show me how to do the picture part.I do know how to make a regular purse.Thanks
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2007 04:20:35 PM »

What a cute bag, you had better watch out though or your daughter will have you making her quite a purse wardrobe!! HAHA  Wink

Love your bag, I made one for my mom so she can carry pics of my neices.   Grin

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2007 05:46:06 PM »

Oh WOW I adore the brown with polka dots fabric... and the bag is so great!  I love how the picture isn't centered and has a bit of an angle to it - it totally gives the purse personality (or would it be better to say "purse-onality"?)  Love it!

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2007 05:50:15 PM »

I second that I would LOVE to see how to make the "picture pocket"  I have sooo many pics of my boys I would love to be able to carry them with me where ever I go and to switch them out so they each can have a turn

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2007 06:58:08 PM »

That is so adorable!  And awesome job...it SO does not look like your first sewing project!  I actually had to go back and re-read your post, because I thought you meant your first BAG, but that you'd been sewing a while...cause it sure looks like you've been doing in a long time!  Cheesy

Great work!  Cute pic, too!!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2007 12:10:39 AM »

Thank you all soooo much for the kind words. This truely was my FRIST sewing project. I crochet and Cross stitch daily. But had NEVER sewn.
I am going to try making enough time tomorrow to make another one of these, I will take pics as I make the "window" and I will make sure I have enough posts and post the pics.  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2007 02:35:10 AM »

Oh my goodness! If this was your first project then you totally rock my socks!! I love this bag especially the grommets and the picture window.  The fabrics are great too.  GOod job!

« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2007 12:31:41 PM »

Ok if anyone has questions or if you find an error in the instructions let me know and I'll fix it! Wink
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