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« on: August 04, 2007 09:04:08 AM »

This is the first bag I've ever made.  No patterns used, but some inspiration from other sources.  I've always wanted to own a LLBean bag, but never felt like paying the price for one, so I decided to make my own.  The handle technique came from Mary Jo Hiney's book Quilted Bags and Purses.  The cost of the bag was 50 cents because I used fabric I had lying around.  Since green is my favorite color and green is often used in eco-friendly phrases I decided the green fabric was perfect for this challenge.  The handles are made from old denim I had lying around.  And the phrase is sewn on using fusible interface and machine embroidered onto the bag.  The bee was so much fun to make.  I don't have an embroidery machine, so I just used a zig-zag stitch and created it free hand.  I hope you all enjoy.

Completed bags.  The small one is for produce and other small items.
I squared off the bottom to allow for more storage.

Pictures of the bag handles being sewn on.  I cut strips of denim to be 2.5 inches wide and sewed them together (good side to good side).  Then my husband and I spent over 1 hour trying to turn the fabric right side out.  Note to self:  next time make the fabric strips wider.  I would have greatly appreciated another 1/2 inch of fabric.

Attaching the outer pocket to the bag.  I sewed the bottom of the pocket to the bag and then sewed up the sides to secure the sides of the pocket

Up close shot of the appliqu

It's large enough to hold many jugs of juice and milk. 

The bag is HUGE!!  Just wanted to give you all an idea of it's size.  I    like it that way, but next time I will make the bag a little bit smaller in height for easier access.

I really enjoyed making this bag and love the fabric I chose.  The denim handles hold the weight of the bag's contents rather than the fabric itself.  Thanks for the challenge.  I'm looking forward to making more bags in the future. 

« Last Edit: August 04, 2007 02:04:11 PM by koolcreativity » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2007 09:10:19 AM »

way cool. and since you did the embroidery by "hand", its even more cool.
may it save many plastic bags.

« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2007 09:27:27 AM »

That is super cute!!! GREAT JOB! Grin

« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007 12:20:38 PM »

 GrinThis sew does ROCK...I love the bee too

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2007 01:14:38 PM »

Love the colour !

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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2007 01:39:24 PM »

Clever phrase!

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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2007 05:01:24 PM »

that's pretty darn cute!
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2007 05:39:08 PM »

This is definitely my fave!
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2007 08:03:39 AM »

that is so cute! i love the fabric!!

« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2007 07:17:17 PM »

i love that its so big!

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