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Topic: EASY reversible SWING bag!  (Read 11489 times)
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« on: July 18, 2005 06:00:27 PM »

I've made Amy Butler's Swing bag before, but I let a friend borrow my pattern and never got it back.  Thus, what with necessity being the mother of invention and all...I created my own pattern (a first for me!).  The bag is actually reversible, but I didn't feel like searching for complementary fabric, so I used the same fabric for the inside. 

Speaking of the fabric, I LOVE this vintage fabric I found on eBay ($2 for 5 yds...whoo hooo!).  It looks like barkcloth (and has the same weight)...but up close, it feels more like a heavy canvas. 

Oh...and did I mention that this was EASY??  I've only been sewing for a year...and this is hard-core beginner kind of easy!

I welcome feedback...even if it's constructive criticism!

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2005 06:07:37 PM »

I love this and would love a tutorial for it!  You did such a great job and the fabric is gorgeous!

« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2005 06:40:22 PM »

WOW!! $2 for 5 yds?!? what a find! i would LOVE a tutorial please! and that fabric is just gorgeous! i'm jealous!

« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2005 08:02:40 PM »

NOTE FROM LEAH: I removed this tutorial for copyright reasons. If you'd like to make Amy Butler's awesome bag, please go here to find lots of online places to purchase the pattern:

Please keep in mind that it's totally fine to post pictures of things you've made from someone's pattern and to give the book or person or company credit for the pattern you used but you can not post their pattern. Nor can you take apart their design and post your own version.

Also, it might help to think about it this way -- we all love Amy Butler's patterns and get tons of inspiration from them. So if you want her to continue to be able to do what she does for a living, you should buy her patterns.  Make sense?
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2005 09:51:04 PM »

I think I can figure it out now.  I really want the fabric though!  I am so jealous for such a cheap find!

« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2005 09:57:30 PM »

what were the dimensions you used for the bag?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2005 11:09:02 PM »

i love it! its so simple.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2005 05:18:35 AM »

Bravo!  Beautiful bag and tutorial is wonderfully detailed.  Thanks so much!

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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2005 11:43:19 AM »

Believe me...I find super bargains like this very rarely!  However, I get many of my "fabrics" in the sheets section at Goodwill.  It's amazing what you can make with a great sheet (and even the Queen sizes usually sell for about a dollar...and yields YARDS of material)!

Here is one of my favorite, floppy bags made by 3 layers of a simple sheet:

With picture day at school hours away and no outfit in sight, I panicked and made my daughter's a dress + bloomers set out of another sheet I had on-hand:

I used 3 Goodwill sheets to cut panels to fill an old window that hangs as decoration in my daughter's room:

Oh...and the tube pillows shown in the pic also have ends made of sheets!  You can do SO much with a great sheet!

Also, you can make really slick hippie tops for girls using vintage tablecloths!
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2005 01:58:23 PM »

i REALLY need to get to my goodwill!!!

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