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Topic: My first ever tote bag =D  (Read 1842 times)
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« on: February 21, 2010 01:43:15 AM »

So this is the first thing I have ever made without giving up half way through! and Iím quite proud of how it turned out  Grin Iím planning on making 13 of these bags as a part of a surprise so 1 down 12 to go!

This is the outside of the bag Iíve chosen these colours because there going to be used in autumn so I thought it would go well with the season.

We are off to Disneyland Paris hence the Mickey logo - I just printed a picture from the web and made a stencil out of card then cut the felt that way.

This is the inside of the bag I know its a little untidy around the edges but i hope to get better as i go.

The only issues I really had whilst making this was the top of the bag I didnít want to sew it as you would see the stitching so I used a thing called wonder web its used for hemming trousers etc, it worked really well.

So thatís my first bag =D I just wanted to take the time to show you what my dad and I (yes he helped and I think he enjoyed it more than me!) spent my Saturday night doing! and to thank you all for the inspiration to get started!


Alis volat propriis~She flies with her own wings
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010 02:46:59 AM »

Nice job for your first ever tote! I love the colour of the ribbon you used.

Don't be afraid of having visible stitching at the top. Wonderweb is a great quick fix but it's not very durable if you're making a bag that's going to be used lots rather than just for a holiday. Nice straight topstitching can make a bag look really professional. I use it all the time now because I think it makes the edges look nicer Smiley

- Jenny
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2010 09:30:27 AM »

what kind of fabric is the outside layer? i really like the texture.

Disney Swap!

« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2010 10:04:55 AM »

This is great for your first tote ever.  The colors go well together especially for autumn.  Hope you have fun at Disney!!

If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me!!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2010 10:13:04 AM »

what kind of fabric is the outside layer? i really like the texture.

im so sorry i dont know what the fabric is  Huh im really new to this. the fabric has a slight stretch to it but other that that i have no clue! it didnt even tell me on my reciept  Embarrassed

any other questions you wanna ask about the fabric ill try to answer in my own very novice way!

Alis volat propriis~She flies with her own wings
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2010 12:15:35 PM »

tote bags are great starters!  Someone mentioned using top stitching.  Most patterns call for this technique to be used on purses.  At first, i didn't want to use top stitching, but it helps to hold the lining in place.

Yeah for Tokyo Paris - wow!  I went to Tokyo Disney, but the time change was so hard.  I mostly sat on a bench holding my backpack and snoozing while my family took in the rides.

Nice project.

« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2010 05:31:26 AM »

OK so maybe with this next question you guys may wanna throw me off the board but - top stitching Huh is that what i think it is and just stitching along the top of the bag or is it something different? (cringe! yes i know but I'm a total beginner Embarrassed)

thank you for your lovely comments btw its appreciated and ill take an criticism or advise you have  Smiley

Alis volat propriis~She flies with her own wings
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2010 01:49:53 AM »

Topstitching is visible stitching done near and parallel to the edge of something, like the top of a bag or the neckline of a top. It holds the edge seam flat and neat, more so than just pressing can do, and if you use a contrasting thread it can be decorative too. It'll also keep a lining sitting nicely rather than puffing out or showing above where it's meant to. You add topstitching to a bag when all the layers are put together, so it goes right through the main fabric and lining. You might want to use different threads for spool and bobbin if you have very different colours inside and outside the bag, so you can keep the thread on each side looking nice against the fabric.

Getting neat topstitching will take some practice, but go slowly and be prepared to rip it out if you accidentally go off course and end up with crooked stitches. You'll get the hang of it eventually. I use my old hand crank Singer from 1899 for topstitching because it's so much slower than an electric machine and therefore I have less chance for getting out of control Smiley
« Last Edit: February 27, 2010 01:51:33 AM by Honeythief » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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