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Topic: Amy Butler Travel Bag - with little bears!! :D  (Read 4117 times)
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« on: July 21, 2009 09:24:49 PM »

I've heard many difficult things about this pattern so it took me awhile to get started (really I was procrastinating so badly).  However, it was not as bad as I had feared, and having a denim needle really made a huge difference.  The only problem I had was as everyone said, getting the piping seam close enough, but it turned out ok.  It took some time to do though, but I can't describe how much I learned about bag construction from doing this pattern.  Normally I just try to make something up and don't want to use patterns if I can do it from my head, but this pattern really taught me so much.  In any case, I was proud to hear friends tell me it looked store bought!  I hope you like it (I'm really a fan of using contrasting fabrics for lining and exterior fabrics, as long as they are somewhat coordinating in color and outstanding on their own).

« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009 09:38:29 PM »

Soooo cute... I have also wanted to try that pattern, Im really impressed with your work; it does look store bought!   Smiley   That fabric is the best!


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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009 10:09:23 PM »

Love the bad and adore the fabric. It looks great.

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009 03:12:58 AM »

Great job!  I have been drooling on this pattern for some time but have not bought it yet....someday.

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009 04:17:43 AM »

Beautiful work, Love the fabrics you chose,

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009 05:08:42 AM »

ooh i love the fabric you used!

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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2009 09:00:46 AM »

I like the contrasting lining and piping.  The bag looks really good!!

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2009 12:13:28 AM »

You did a really nice job!  I too would love to make this bag, but haven't been feeling up to the challenge yet.  I also can't make up my mind as to what fabric to use...so many choices...

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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2009 06:31:27 AM »

First of all...excellent job!  I too love the contrasting fabric and piping, and haven't felt up to the challenge of trying this bag out yet!  So, I have a question about the pattern.  I love how the bag turns out so stiff, so I was wondering what this pattern calls for in interfacing?  Also, did it cost you an arm and a leg to purchase the needed materials?  That's something else I've read before...somebody dropped $60 to make the bag not to mention all the time involved.  Just some things I was wondering. 

OH yeah, was this the first time you did the piping?


« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2009 07:37:58 AM »

It did sort of cost an arm and a leg to make, but mostly because I made the mistake of shopping at the posh fabric store down the street rather than the cheaper Joann's fabrics (which I would have had to drive much farther to get to).  I think it would have been much better had I bought everything at a cheaper fabric store.  It took me about a week to make, but I only worked on it for two or three hours each time and was being really careful with everything (more so than I usually am).

The lining is timex and regular interfacing.  The timex is much stiffer than interfacing and is what makes the bag look much more professional (I think).  In any case, I really liked using it and will probably be using it a lot now that I know what it is.

And yes, this was my first time doing piping.  I didn't use a zipper foot, but I think that would have made it a lot easier.  One thing when you do the piping on this bag, make sure you read ahead to know when it should be "as close as you can get it" because I didn't and found out there was one more seam to get even closer!!
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