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« on: September 04, 2007 10:41:36 AM »

Ok so I attempted to make a tote. I like it although it is too big so the next will be smaller for me. I lined the outer shell with heavy weight interfacing and it still buckles, the inside is lined with light weight interfacing and is doing well. I have four pockets on the inside, one for junk, one for my cell phone, one for pens and the other is for whatever Cheesy. So here are the pics.

outside, looks a little wonky since i hung it on my cabinets and it has my junk in it

inside without my junk in it so you can see the pockets

I also made a checkbook cover for it so it would match. I love it too!


Hope you like! Comments/criticism helpful! Thanks for looking. Grin

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007 11:19:52 AM »


What a lovely bag you have made - I love the two tone look.  You didn't say what fabric the outer shell is.  Most of my bags are made with outer shell of 100% cotton and the lining is polycotton (65%/35%) and the interfacing I use on the outer shell is medium iron on interfacing (I don't use any on the lining myself although I do know of people who have and do - it is personal preference after all).

This is just my own personal opinion of course and am sure others will write with their own but I hope I have helped a little.

Keep up the good work!  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007 11:26:53 AM »

Very nice first tote bag! I like the contrasting colors and the check book cover is a good match! Keep up the good work  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2007 12:39:52 PM »

OMG thats great! I think it came out really nice and love the matching check book. I'm also a toile fan so it caught my eye. Great job!

« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2007 01:38:31 PM »

tht looks greattttttttt...i love the fabric!!whr did u get it?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2007 08:30:07 PM »

Thanks all for the compliments!
The fabric (i think) is 100% cotton. I was in such a hurry to get something that was cute so I could make my attempt. I bought it from Walmart as it was cheap and if it didn't turn out ok I wasn't out much. I have been using it for a bit now and the interfacing seems to buckle more and more. I used the peltex 70 on the outside, stitch witchery and an iron to bond it. I also made it to where it was as wide as the fabric itself so I could sew it in the seems for more a more durable tote.
After this one, I am making a diaper bag out of the same basic pattern for a friend of mine. That fabric is awesome if you ask me lol *frogs in Red Hat Society clothing and St Jude's fabric for the lining* reminds me of candy land. Sew awesome, i'll post pics when I am done with that one. Thanks again!  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2007 12:06:57 PM »

It's very pretty!  I like the contrasting fabrics, too.

I'm not sure what the bag's dimensions are, but possibly the bag "flops" a bit because it's too tall and/or wide for the fabric that you chose.  If you've used the heavy-duty interfacing, which usually helps, maybe that's the case.  Another way to keep the bottom sturdy at least, is to use plastic canvas between the body and lining, or a piece of covered cardboard laying in the bottom may help, too.

Anyway, great job!  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007 12:18:22 PM »

Its a really nice bag...i just made one too and it ended up too big, hopefully next time ill make it smaller
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