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« on: January 20, 2008 10:46:21 AM »

So last spring, I thought it would be awesome to make a spring-y neutral-color bag for school on the lighter workload days. I drafted a pattern from scratch and bought the fabric, but I didn't get around making it until December of last year ... I guess this bag will come in handy this spring semester instead Tongue

There are lots of firsts in making this bag. It's my first time making a tote, first time making a inside zipper pocket, first time piping, and first time really using a sewing machine.... @__@ It was a little hard making the bag while trying to read the instruction manual for the sewing machine...

Anyways, here goes
The front of the bag

back of the bag

top of the bag with separating zipper

peaking into the bag... I used a bright peachy coral color for the inside to give the bag some spark since the outside is less exciting on the color choice

Close up on the inside zipper pocket. I made a little embroidery patch as the tag for this bag. It has my initials on it Tongue

Close up on the other inside pockets for pen, phone, etc.

Just put a book inside to give you the prospective of how big and spacious the bag is.

Oh, and I also lined the outside zipper pocket with the same coral fabric Wink

Since the bag is for school, I used sturdy canvas fabric for the inside and out. I tried interfacing the bag to make it stand up but it didn't work because the iron-on interface didn't want to stick onto the light brown fabric for some reason.
Sorry for the long post but I'm really excited and proud of my first bag Smiley
I hope you guys liked it!
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2008 11:10:14 AM »

Love it! It looks really professional. Cheesy Lots and lots of nice pockets too. Awesome job!

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2008 11:24:03 AM »

It looks so beautiful, and I never would have guessed this was your first time really using a sewing machine. The colors are so cute, and I love that last little touch of the embroidery patch. Great job!
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2008 12:05:21 PM »

Wow!  I guess you really have a knack for designing/sewing.  That bag is beautiful and I would have never guessed it contained all of those "firsts"!
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2008 12:18:27 PM »

That is an amazing job!  I agree, it looks professional!  Enjoy using it this spring. Smiley
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2008 12:30:27 PM »

Wow! What a great bag! I can't believe it's your first! You should be very proud!

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2008 12:32:17 PM »

WOW!!!  For so many first, you have an amazing bag.  I'm really impressed.  Keep up the great work.  I love all of the pockets and the zipper closure.  Great job!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2008 02:45:53 PM »

amazing job! love the bag - every detail is perfect!

if you want a bag to stand up but don't want to (or can't - i have that problem, too), try sew-in boning. it usually comes in black or white, and you sew it onto the seam allowance (instead of cutting it out). gives a good "skeleton" to the bag and good support.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2008 03:15:05 PM »

This is awesome! I love the lining colour Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2008 03:20:56 PM »

Very nice bag.  It looks very professional and high quality.
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