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« on: September 30, 2007 09:59:44 AM »

I tried to make a hobo bag last night for the first time and wasn't very successful (probably because I didn't use any sort of pattern or tutorial).  But after spending several hours trying to make it and the fact that I really like the fabric, I figured I would post pics  Cheesy

Even after sewing and re-sewing all of the seams I still didn't get them all.

The dimensions of the bag are all wrong (it's too long and not tall enough), only one of the sides of the strap matches up in size with the body of the bag (the other one had to be folded to fit), and the seams are all ripping.

I really like the outside fabric (which I got for $1/yd at Joann's!) and I plan on trying again once I get more brown fabric for the inside.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2007 10:08:44 AM »

with the exception of that little seam issue, i think its cute, it looks like a handbag but bigger  Smiley  I really like the fabric you used and you can't beat a buck a yard.  You should make it into stuffies, one can never have too many of those!

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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007 10:45:08 AM »

Sorry to hear about the seam issues, I actually just set aside a Vogue bag because of the same issues. But I agree with Arwena, your bag is cute and the fabric is awesome. I love finding pretty buck o' yard fabrics, it makes my day. I hope you at least learned a bunch from making your bag without a tut or pattern, that takes guts!

« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007 10:51:27 AM »

Hi, aside from the seams ripping, i think the bag is pretty, i think if i did a bag like that, it would be worse. But i really think you should try using a pattern, u don't need to buy, you can make it yourself.

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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2007 11:18:11 AM »

I love the fabric you used!!! I can never find anything like that at my joann's.

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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2007 11:59:12 AM »

I think your bag is very cute and I like the shape and fabric, too.  Maybe you're stitching too close to the edge, or trimming too close to the edge, which is causing the fraying.  As far as getting that "curved" edge, I fold my front piece in half, fold going down the center; then place a large round object (a plate or large ribbon roll works) against the top edge, from the corner to the fold, and trace onto the fabric, then cut.  When you open the piece, the curve will dip down toward the center fold and it'll be even on both sides, too.  Hope this helps.  PM me if this sounds confusing!  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2007 12:31:30 PM »

I think your bag turned out very cute. You're right, that fabric is great! It's so frustrating when things like the seams ripping happen.  Once you load it full of stuff I'll bet no one would even notice that there are issues with it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2007 12:42:32 PM »

For a bag that was made from no pattern or tutorial you did a great job.  And you have not failed if you have learnt something from doing this project because as you said you want to do this again when you have more fabric.  You will fail however if you continue to do the same mistakes over again which I doubt you will because you know what they are.  So well done for not only trying but for actually doing it at all.  As the saying goes - 'Practice makes perfect' and you will succeed with making this bag to your satisfaction.

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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2007 02:07:14 PM »

Other than the seams coming apart, I think it's a really cute bag!  I used to do that all the time too, but I have since adapted my own method of a seam allowance on patterns I am just making up.  First I make sure that the edges of whatever I am sewing together match up, and then pin the devil out of it.  Then, I use my sewing machine foot as a guide... from the center where the needle is to the edge of the foot is about a quarter of an inch, so I always make sure my edge lines up with the side of my foot.  It also keeps me sewing straighter (as long as my edge is straight!

Keep trying, I love the design!
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2007 03:19:08 PM »

Thanks for the kind words and the tips everyone!  The tips are really helpful because I'm still pretty new to sewing and learning it all on my own Smiley

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