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« on: September 22, 2008 01:36:08 PM »

Like most girls with desk jobs, I carry a purse to work everyday but also a BIG tote bag.  Mine is filled with things like my wedding planning binder, jewelry bits for my Etsy shop, my mortgage binder, and sometimes my lunch Smiley  I had a bag I'd made for this purpose but it was seeming a bit small, so I decided yesterday to make a bigger one. 

The black fabric is denim from Joann, the center panel and the lining are an awesome kitschy halloween spiderweb print.  The lacing was done with ribbon from the $1 ribbon rack and Joann's.  I've done purses with lacing like this before . . . its a little fidgety but I love the look! 

Total cost:  about $8 Smiley

And a blurry mirror shot for size perspective:

Hope you guys like Smiley

« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008 01:45:22 PM »

This Rocks.  Can you tell me how you made it.
Or a brief tut..

Its awesome.

« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008 01:46:46 PM »

I love it! I think its cute! Now....if I only had a place to carry such totes too... lol.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008 02:06:46 PM »

thanks guys!

Erinrosemary, are you job hunting?  good luck!!!

Littleelfling . . . I did a basic tote bag tutorial on my blog a while back, here's the link:  http://indiehomeec.blogspot.com/2007/08/tote-torial.html

the only difference with a corset bag is the front panel. What you do is:

1) Cut 3 strips of fabric the length of your bag and the widths of which add up to 3-4 inches over the width you'll want your bag

2) fold over a seam of about 1/2 an inch on the outside 2 panels (the seam that will be facing inwards) and press well

3) Use tailors chalk on the back of the 2 outside strips and mark the top and left or right (makes it easier later!)

4) lay the pieces out in front of you with the raw, folded over edges facing up (so the left piece will actually be on the right, since you're looking at the backs)

5) take your bits of ribbon for the loops, fold in half widthwise and press well.  then line them up along the folded over seams and (here's a trick!) TAPE them in place.

6) Sew one line over the interior edges, so you're effectively sewing in the loops and sewing the interior hem all at once

7) remove the tape if you want

Cool lay the exterior pieces over the interior panel, all right sides up, make sure the width of this panel will match the with of the back panel, and sew the side panels to the middle panel on top of the same lines you just sewed.

9) you can sew another piece of ribbon on top of the places where the sides join the middle, just to hide any mistakes, if you want.

then just finish the tote bag per the tutorial!

Sorry if that sounds like a LOT of words, but it really is very simple, just a little fidgety. 

If you do make one, I'd love to see it! Smiley

« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008 02:10:00 PM »

you're bag is really adorable, but I'm really impressed with how clean your bathroom is!

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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2008 02:53:26 PM »

It's cool. the lacing up looks awesome on it  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2008 03:22:22 PM »

thanks guys!! (and especially thanks about the clean bathroom Wink)

« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2008 03:37:13 PM »

Ha Ha! I had to laugh when I read the comment on your clean baathroom! LOL! I'm a maid and I can verify that you absolutely do have a very clean and tidy bathroom! Plus your bag is totally awesone too! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2008 04:13:44 PM »

love your tote! the ribbon detailing makes it great.

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