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« on: February 02, 2010 10:22:49 AM »

I've seen the previous entries and I'm amazed!

This is the first challenge where I participate because I had immediately an idea about how I want to make it and in some ways it worked ;-))

I made my bag from paper (magazine pages) and a plastic bag and it is amazingly robust - even better than I've hoped for ;-))

That's how the paper shopping bag looks or should have looked, respectively, because I haven't finished the handles (more on this topic where I describe the problems I encountered making this bag ;-))
I added the handles on this photo digitally to show how I planned it.

These are both sides of my bag.
I used clippings from a travel brochure on the outside which made the bag more colourful and gives me even wanderlust ;-)

The bag is just a large rectangle of
  • 1 layer (inside) of cut open plastic bag,
  • 3 layers (strengthening) layers of pages from a TV guide and
  • 1 layer (outside) of clippings from a travel brochure
sewn crosswise (the black lines) and where I've sewn the sideseams.

This is the inside of the bag, I 'lined' it with a cut open plastic bag to make it possible to wipe the bag with a damp cloth.

These are the items I can put into my bag, 1 l juice, half a kilo of bread, 2 appels, an orange and 5 tangerines in short a little shopping ;-)
I wasn't sure whether I could carry them, too...

...but the bag is robust enough to hold them without problem ;-)
(The notes about the handles are still further below ;-))

And here you can see the problems I encountered (partly because I'm completely unexperienced in sewing ;-))
Next time I will make a better bag because I know now where the problems lie, but this first bag is so scruffy that I will not run around with it.
I planned to make the handles as an I-cord filled with plastic bags which are knotted together (instructions for a filled I-cord here on craftster) but the making of the handles takes a lot of time and so I didn't make any for a bag that I won't carry around ;-)

I wanted to sew (and have somehow sewn ;-)) lines but it was much more difficult than I thought.
Therefore I made a mental note of some points for the next bag:
  • The paper for the outside should be better joined (1).
    I think it even best to lay and sew on a layer of transparent (non-adhesive!) foil or plastic bag, then it is also possible to wipe it on the outside with a damp cloth.
  • Practise sewing before, so that 1st my thread doesnt tear (2) and Ill be 2nd hopefully able to sew straight lines ;-)
  • The crinkling (3) happened when I rolled up my large paper rectangle several times this way and the other to be able to sew it.
    Paper that is crinkled often get fabric-liker, so I didnt find it bad.
  • I laid the clippings from the travel brochure so that they all meet on the underside of the bag (4) with the effect that it looks untidy.
    Next time Id put a broad stripe of coloured paper over the folding line of the bag.
  • Ive sewn the side seams on the wrong side because I wanted to turn it after just like a fabric bag.
    Next time I will sew them from the right side because the turning was incredibly difficult and I simply couldnt turn the corners completely.
    Thats why it has these chic rounded corners ;-))

Well, in principle I like it and perhaps I will start another one later Smiley)

« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010 10:25:50 AM »

Beautiful bag!
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010 11:18:27 AM »

Ooh, I think it's lovely. If this was your experiment bag, then your next one is bound to be really nice!

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010 11:25:40 AM »

I agree with Nooo! I had orginally started one like this, but just couldn't wrap my mind around it. Very good!
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010 11:58:23 AM »

That's one awesome bag!!!  Shocked  Looks like you put a lot of thought and time into it

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2010 02:18:47 AM »

Thanks for your kind comments Smiley

I'm not yet sure whether I will make a second bag but I feel very encouraged now!

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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010 08:03:04 AM »

You did a great job !!!! Wink

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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2010 10:17:40 PM »

This totally rules!!! Grin
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