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« on: March 28, 2009 08:47:41 PM »

I purchased my first sewing machine last week and I feel comfortable with the first project that I wanted to accomplish, a headband. I have made 7 total in three styles and I think they all look pretty decent (I have posted pictures in my profile, please feel free to comment)

I would like to use the same fabrics to make some bags to increase my skills and I would love to hear from some more experienced sewers who can tell me what would be easy enough that I don't get frustrated but will help me get more used to my machine and increase my skills.  

I appreciate any feedback and guidance that you could give!
Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2009 06:50:23 PM »

I started making bags about six months ago, and I think one of the best things you can do when you start making them is make a couple of lined zippered pouches: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875

They're handy, quick, and once you've made a couple they really make it clear how a bag goes together. Most of the bags I make now are much more complicated, but still use the same basic method of the lined zipper pouch!

Also the jordy bag tutorial is a great one to start out with, it makes a square bottomed lined bag. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0. Again, once you make one you sort of get the methodology and then you can modify it to your heart's content!

A final bag I really like, although it's a big more advanced, is the Hip Mama diaper bag, which is basically a messenger bag (I mean, you don't HAVE to carry diapers in it!). http://amingledyarn.wordpress.com/gallery/tutorial-hip-mama-diaper-bag/ More complicated but you'll learn a lot about things like putting in outer pockets.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2009 08:48:19 PM »

Hi!  I'm not an experienced sewer, but like you, I'm learning.  I just started making zippered pouches, which is a great beginner project.  There is a tutorial here on Craftster (I believe Dis posted it) and now I have it memorized it's so easy.  I've made about 7 bags so far and it only gets easier. 

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009 09:56:46 AM »

I agree with dis's recommendations.  Also, get yourself a decent sewing instruction book so you have it by your side as you sew.  Sewing for Dummies is one, and Simply the Best Sewing Book (published by Simplicity patterns) is one of my favorites for clear instructions and good illustrations.

Remember, as you sew, so shall you rip....approach every sewing "mistake" as a learning experience, and if you make 3 mistakes in a row, get up and do something else for a while.  Sewing is a wonderful and useful hobby that can last throughout your lifetime.

Happy Sewing,

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009 05:59:50 PM »

Wow!!!! Thanks so much for the encouragement and information!  I have not found a book that I like just yet but I will be looking!  I have made one zippered pouch that I will post when I am not so exhausted... There are some flaws to it but I know I will get better.... at least I sure hope so!!!!  Wink

I hope you all have a wonderful evening and I will post again soon!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2009 10:23:48 AM »

Try the Miranda bag...by LazyGirlDesigns...fast, easy, fabulous!
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2009 11:03:35 PM »

Totes are also easy. I have been using the construction techniques I learned making totes on all of my bags. Once you can do totes a messenger bag would be a good  next step.

« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2009 09:52:05 AM »

I second the zipper pouch suggestion, but also just try to wing it.  Use cheap fabric you don't actually like that much and just mess around with it.  I've learned more from doing that than any pattern has ever taught me.  Might not be perfect, but that's what practice is for Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2009 10:08:34 AM »

Before I read any of the posts I was thinking that you should try the jordy bag tutorial which someone already posted a link for.  It has few parts to it so this makes it easy sewing especially for a learner.  Just my two cents worth.


« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2009 01:34:51 PM »

Always fun to start out small.
I have been makeing jean totes and placemat totes. Both very easy and look great.
Good luck and happy sewing.  Grin

« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2009 03:05:44 PM »

I was going to suggest zipper pouches, but since that's obviously been covered...

I think any pattern with clear step-by-step instructions would be fine. You have to push yourself to get better ^.^
And don't forget that its not worth it if you're not even making something you like.
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