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« on: April 22, 2005 08:59:46 AM »

Hi everyone!
I finally took some pictures of projects I've been working on, so I thought I'd share them. I'm new to sewing -- had a sewing machine for years, but it wasn't until I found craftster that I was inspired to use it!

Below are photos of some bags and purses that I've made...each one has at least one big "oops!" that I discovered after I made it, but I guess that's how I'll learn.

my first creation! I made it out of an old women's blazer that I bought at a thrift store. It is made from the front pockets...they are off center, oops!


no strap (because I cut it off for another bag.) Just a little pouch, kinda floppy -- this was before I discovered interfacing   Smiley

This one has interfacing, but is kind of messy. I made it out of a wool dress and the lining from a blazer.

This one is from a pretty pink fabric that I just couldn't resist at JoAnn fabrics. My first attempt at a jordy with a flap...I cut the flap too small...oops! The inside is lined with grey wool (even though it looks black in the photo) from an old skirt.

For this one I cut up a huge wool coat that I found (yet again) at a thrift store. I used the lining of the coat to line the bag. Black grosgrain ribbon for the straps. My first attempt at a tote bag; I put the straps on wrong (they were crossing the opening of the bag...can't really explain it, but it was a big OOPS!) so I had to cut them and sew them together again...ah, live and learn. 

This is probably my favorite so far..just a simple tote bag. In my rush to finish it, so I could show it off, I sewed on one of the straps backwards. Oops!!!

Padded little bag for fragile things...I just used polyfill to stuff it.

Anyway, sorry for the super long post! Just wanted to share my creations!
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2005 09:54:03 AM »

Nice bags!  I love the idea of using the tweedy fabric from clothing to make them - very cool.

Haven't tried it yet, but there are a couple of old jackets in the closet that I can use...

« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2005 10:49:05 AM »

I think you're doing great on your bags. I especially like the striped one with the red checked lining. very pretty. I made a lot of the same mistakes you did when I started making bags -- not using interfacing, sewing things on backwards  Cheesy and all of that. The one thing I cannot seem to stop doing wrong is forgetting to put a pocket inside my bags -- I don't use those tiny pockets in purses and I just forget. But EVERYONE I show my purses to says "it needs a pocket inside", so I add them now. And boy does it tick me off when I forget! LOL

Anyway, keep sewing and I will bet you'll be selling purses before long! They're adorable and you have great ideas. I like reusing fabrics from the thrift store too.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2005 11:17:52 AM »

ooo , I like that yellow one

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2005 01:48:18 PM »

you did a great job using up old fabrics! Most of those old clothes would end up in a landfil somewhere! I like to recycle clothes like this too! I look or extra large clothes with great fabrics! It's fun and cheap. It is always great to learn to sew on fabrics that didn't cost a lot because if you cut wrong on your expensive material you would likely give up and not continue to sew due to the cost factor! So while learning this is the way to go!
I actually like the off center pocket on your first bag!

« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2005 04:22:22 PM »

Thanks everyone for all the kind words and encouragement! I'm definitely enjoying usng fabrics that I cut from old thrift store clothes...I was able to get SO MUCH for SO CHEAP a few weeks ago because the thrift store was doing a $2 bag sale to get rid of winter clothes. Yay for recycling!
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2005 12:10:38 AM »

What lovely care and detail you put into your bags...fun to see a whole body of work Smiley  I really love the last one...the colors, pattern, shape, everything...

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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2005 08:50:54 PM »

i like the one in the 5th and 6th pics.  they are supercute.  i wanna one now...

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