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« on: February 01, 2007 01:57:31 AM »

I really enjoyed this challenge, and I hope it's okay to post this (it's still the 31st in Hawaii, right?).

As a grad student, I have to lug lots of things to and from campus. I designed this bag to be large enough to accommodate my notebook and several heavy texts while fitting comfortably over my shoulder so I can take it on the subway and around New York.

I lined it with white fabric to help the lace pattern stand out, then lined the inside with another sturdy cotton and reinforced the bottom with cardboard so it would hold its shape. 

This bag was a lot of firsts for me - the first bag I've ever made, the first thing I've ever lined, and actually, the first non-scarf finished object I've ever produced.

It works really well for holding knitting projects too - even my 14 inch straight needles!

Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007 04:28:15 AM »

Wow, you did such a great job!  I can't believe its your first non scarf!

Your purse lining looks great too.

What yarn did you use?

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2007 07:01:18 AM »

Fantastic bag! I'm sure you'll enjoy using it.

« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2007 08:16:43 AM »

I am a crocheter, but I am interested in making lined bags out of yarn.  I have never lined anything before, and every time I touch a sewing machine it gets angry at me Sad  Can you elaborate a bit on how you went about lining your beautiful creation?  I would love to make something somewhat similar with crochet Smiley  Great job!
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2007 01:51:02 PM »

Thank you for your lovely comments!

The yarn is Caron Perfect Match in Cape Cod blue - I reasoned that I'd want something machine-washable if I would be toting this all around the city.

As for lining it, I actually tried doing it with my sewing machine first, and my machine was really unhappy about that.

The bag looked like this before assembly:

I ended up cutting pieces of the white fabric, which I marked with blue chalk in the shapes I wanted the bag pieces to end up since the knit fabric was rather elastic and prone to getting out of shape. I sewed the first lining to all the knit pieces before I sewed the bag itself together. I was careful about placing the sewing thread so it would sink under the knit stitches, but as it turned out the way I sewed the outer seams of the bag covered all the sewing thread anyway.

For the inner lining (the blue floral fabric), I folded the two fabric edges over toward each other to look like a finished seam then sewed tiny top stitching at the very edges where it would be hidden by the knitting. (I think I may have photos of this part still on my camera - if so, I'll post them.)

I'm not sure if this is actually the way to line things. I basically looked at a blouse and checked out the way the lining was sewn into a cuff then mimicked it. It made a neat result, so I was pretty happy.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007 08:19:47 PM »

This is another really neat use of the stitch, and I just love navy blue.  It looks so nice and crisp in your tote bag!
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007 09:23:01 AM »

That is really great bag, especially for it involving so many firsts!  What a huge step up from scarves - I am still on scarves myself, so you give me hope.

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