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« on: April 13, 2011 11:18:05 PM »

I made this for a partner in a swap...not going to tell you which one, because it's a surprise.  I'll post who and what when they figure it out Grin

Anyway, I made it up as I went along and it seems to have worked out.  This mini tut is pretty chaotic tho...

OOoo I had not noticed the cute little square that got made by accident in the middle of the bag Grin
My mom gave me the fabric.  I used a bag that clevercuttlefish (very cool lady BTW) made for me in a personal swap as a pattern.  I needed to make it as sturdy as possible, so I tried to cut things so if there was a seam on one layer, the other layer would not have a seam there.  I will explain as well as I can my process....For the outside layer I cut the top of the strap on a fold and so there was a fold on what would be the middle of the bag.  I did it this way to help me keep track more then anything.  Then I sewed (right sides together) from the bottom edge of the bag (leaving the very bottom open) all the way around the strap to the same place on the other side of the bottom of the bag.  Then I sewed the other side of the strap (the "inside" edge of the strap) for about a 6 inches on either end of the top of the strap, where the curve in the strap was.  Then I cut down the middle of the bag (the fold I cut in) on both sides, and turned the bag right side out through the handle "tube".  I sewed the front and back seams back together, and the open bit at the bottom too at this point.  Then, I cut out the lining (I used a med. weight canvas (duck?)).  I cut another strip of lining with the strap on the fold and following the angle I had made with the outer fabric strap.  I also cut about a foot of extra on each end of the lining strap.  I then fed the lining strap through the outer fabric "tube", making sure the curve at the top was the same.  I sewed them together on each side (top stitching I guess) until I was about a hand width from the body of the bag.  I used the extra length of lining strap to make pockets at each end..

I sewed the 2 pieces of body lining together, and put it in the bag.  I serged the raw edge of the outside fabric, as far as I could up the straps, and along the front edge.  I folded that serged bit over the lining and sewed it into place.  I then sewed the left over raw edges of the strap down as well.  I tried the bag on and didn't like the way the strap was "puffing out" in places, so I pinned a bit and ironed a bit and then sewed the now twistyish strap down.

You can sort of see how the fabric is twisted here...

I didn't like the serged bits showing, so I rolled the edge one more time and sewed it down.  I think that's about it...OO I had to sew the raw edges of the liner strap down at some point too.
Here's a few action shots..

The strap is cut to be a cross body bag, but you can fold the top part of the strap under and wear it on just one shoulder and it stays on...that is what is happening in the last photo.  I'm not sure it would have worked with a plainer fabric, but I think it suits this flowing pattern just fine.

Hope that was interesting to some one Grin
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2011 02:49:57 AM »

Yes, I like the little square in the middle too. I think it's a very sensible idea to make sure none of the seams are in the same place on the bag and liner.

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2011 12:32:03 PM »

Very cute pink my favorite color very nice work . Wink

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