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Topic: Swoon "Ethel" Tote bag -- take 2: relined  (Read 765 times)
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« on: June 05, 2017 06:56:29 PM »


This is a free download from the Swoon Sewing Pattern site.
The website says, "A roomy, sturdy and stylish open tote bag. With a teardrop shape, Ethel veers away from the usual boxy tote. Its a stuff it in and run out the door kind of bag, designed to comfortably sling over your shoulder. There are a few slip pockets for the small things."

Its dimensions are 13" wide, 10" tall and 5" deep
I admit I was expecting a much larger bag. (Like: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441466.0)
This one is more purse-sized.

I chose a denim for the exterior, and a nylon for the interior. (Don't choose nylon: very unstable and annoying.)
I also chose to use cotton webbing for the handles.
All in all, not a bad bag.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Feedback welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017 09:12:20 AM »

Looks great! They have a nice selection of free patterns on that site, I went over to check them out Smiley.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017 07:51:11 AM »

I didn't know about http://swoonpatterns.com/ until I saw some articles here about "Swoon _____" bag.
They do have a pretty fair selection of free patterns.
I'm happy enough with this bag.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017 09:44:51 AM »

I love it!  That lining is simply beautiful, too.
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017 03:17:38 PM »

Thank you, sweets4ever..
The lining is a piece of nylon that used to be a Shower curtain. (I wouldn't suggest trying it. It seems like a good idea, but it turns out frustrating.)
The pattern being free was attractive to me.
I wasn't sure if it having a smaller opening was so great, but it hasn't made any difference yet.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2017 02:56:45 PM »

Here's a link to the pattern:

https://swoonpatterns.com/shop/ethel-tote-2/
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2017 10:36:13 AM »



Like I said, nylon isn't the best idea ...

Actually, the type of nylon I chose to use isn't the best idea! It was a Shower Curtain: it's not very closely woven, and has frayed apart on the first wash.
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017 08:35:02 PM »

I've heard it said, "Sometimes things fall apart, so better things can come together."

I have re-lined this bag, after the lining fell apart.

I'd like to think that it's now improved.


The print is a kind of foggy forest look.
I also added 2 more pockets.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Improved, or just alright, or same-old?
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2017 10:54:34 AM »

Much improved, that is a beautiful shady forest fabric.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2017 02:17:10 PM »

Thank you, Craftylittlemonkey.
I carried it today, and I'm pleased to report that it works even better now. The writing implements and paper, my Daytimer, and personal effects are corralled.
There's lots of room for the larger items, still. And there's still the outside pockets to fill.

It has definitely come together as an improvement.

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