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« on: October 18, 2008 06:30:00 PM »

I just joined a new gym that makes it possible for me to hit the gym on my way to or home from school --a big improvement over my old gym--but it doesn't have lockers were I can store stuff when I'm not there so I decided I needed a new gym bag to carry all my crap.  This bag is constructed almost entirely from stash materials--I'm so proud!  I got the main fabric as a remnant a while ago and hadn't found a project for it.  It ended up having a small hole, so I appliqued a patch over it.  This was my first time trying machine applique.  It isn't the neatest, but hey, it's a gym bag.  I'm not too worried about it.  The zipper was bought for a sweater I knit, but it didn't match.  Fortunately, it just happens to match the darkest color in the fabric exactly!  I also had the strapping for the handles left over from another bag project.  I did have to buy the lining fabric and interfacing, but I found cheap clearance fabric for $2.00 a yard and I only needed one yard.  So all in all, this bag cost about $5.00 (money I spent in the past doesn't count, right?)

Anyway, on to the bag.  I used this tutorialhttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0, but ended up assembling it a little differently.  Also, I apparently can't measure or add or something and I didn't have quite enough fabric, so I ended up doing a little creative piecing on the sides.  Oh well--all's well that ends well. 

Here it is, stuffed (even with heavy interfacing, it is fairly floppy when it isn't full):

Close up of the applique:

I probably would have chosen a different location for a patch if I didn't have the hole to cover, but then again, if I didn't have a hole to cover, I probably wouldn't have done a patch at all and now I like it!

unstuffed and lining:

I highly recommend the tutorial.  It seems like it will be a very useful bag!
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2008 06:41:59 PM »

awesome! i totally am in love with the fabric! great job!
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2008 06:51:35 PM »

very cute- now you need a bag for every season!

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2008 07:10:10 PM »

i really like the fabric Smiley pretty bag!!!!

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