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« on: April 22, 2009 07:23:54 PM »

Long story short, I've been looking ahead to the summer months (mainly Bumbershoot! Yeah!) and there are two things that I foresee needing quite often: a blanket, and a bag that still has space to hold things around the blanket. Thus the blanket bag!

All Google had to offer was blankets that folded into a bag shape (also handy) but had no actual use as a bag. So I designed one! Only I need your help as to whether you think it'll work, yada yada. Here's a little draft of what I was thinking:

(if anything's unclear or impossible to read just say so and I'll try to clarify)

Any suggestions? I know it's going to be a little bulky, but size had to be sacrificed in the bag in order to make the blanket any kind of decent. Thanks so much for helping out!
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009 08:58:26 PM »

Are you talking about a quillow?  (http://www.capitalquilts.com/freeproject/makeaquillow.pdf)

It would be very easy to enlarge the pocket by putting in pleats at the bottom corners or adding a gussett to accomodate more than just the blanket, and you could add handles.

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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009 09:56:01 PM »

If you wanted to use the pattern you sketched and add a bit of room, use a separated zipper where one side is on an extention/flap so that you would have a little leeway as you folded and all your extra goodies would have room to breathe. 

Here is a qwillow that I made with a pocket on the outside. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238896.msg2623919#msg2623919

I have often thought of adding a gussetted section to one side of the pocket that the blanket folds into so that I could carry larger things. 

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009 05:54:52 AM »

I figured you were talking about separating zippers anyway.  I tried it with a piece of paper, and it should work.

I've done the quillow a few times, and they're pretty useful. The faster easier way to make a blanket/tote is to make a blanket with a drawstring all around the edges (the drawstring becomes the handle), but it has to be somewhat small in order for the handle not to be excessively long, and there's really nowhere to put whatever's in the bag when it's busy being used as a blanket.

Following that thought through, have you considered a pocket that snaps out (so that it doesn't make the blanket lumpy, but you still have someplace to keep your stuff if you use it as a blanket).


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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009 08:51:30 AM »

As your zipper is going to go along the sides all the way to the bottom of the bag, I'd suggest using two separating zippers and starting them both at ther top middle of the bag one going left and one going right, that way if you unzip the bag to reach in to get something, you only have to open the top of the bag and all of your other things won't fall out.

Make sense? hope so!

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2009 07:03:17 PM »

I wasn't really thinking of a quillow, but that might work just as well.

Also I really like the zipper closure idea, it'll probably work much better than adding a tie at the top like I was thinking about.

Thanks for the help you guys!
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