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Topic: Doctor Who bag--It's bigger on the inside!  (Read 459 times)
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« on: June 12, 2018 07:34:35 AM »

I am what I'd consider an intermediate sewist, and I wanted to make myself a new bag/purse that I can take on vacation to carry normal "things," as well as  my polaroid camera and my Little Visitor  Baranof. I had other ideas in mind, but decided to go with my stash first. After all, I had bought this Doctor Who fabric for tote bags originally, anyway.

I need to buy more batting, and I have never really ever purchased a stabilizer, so I made do with fluffy batting I had, and heat n bond!

I originally started working on what ended up as the lining to be the outside. But, with what happened to be only my second ever zipper install, and only first zipper pocket, I wasn't thrilled. I added 3 slip pockets on the other side. I now realize I forgot to fold the top edge over twice so it's not perfect, but I digressed. To sturdy it, I used heat n bond, then attached the batting. My sewing machine and I fought with each other a lot yesterday, but the bag came out on top! I really didn't like it as the outer of the bag. The slip pockets were not stabilized, and weren't exactly how I'd like them in size. No fear.  I had a brainstorm! I could use it as the lining! I had no idea before how to make a fancy lining in a bag. Euereka, I am learning!
 
I needed a strap, and had an epiphany! I was given a 31 bag for Christmas. I do not like 31 products-I think the  quality is low, and I did not like the design. I was going to gift it in an IG swap, but the perfect person I had yet to be partnered with. Well, duh! I could reuse the awesome strap, and maybe even salvage the zippers so I'd have more to play with. My handy seam ripper and I went to town, and were able to save the strap, and 2 of the 3 zippers!

My favorite part is probably that I made sure to add a key ring to hang my Bath and Body Works octopus hand sanitizer.

I will probably decide to add a button or magnetic closure, but for now, I am pleased!
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PS, it measures approx 14"15".

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018 07:48:13 AM »

Cool bag (and I like your "it's bigger on the inside" reference to the Tardis).  The octopus is cute too, but as usual, all I see is Cthulhu.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018 09:23:23 AM »

You did an amazing job! I love your clever "fix", I'd prefer all those pockets on the inside anyhow. Wonderful recycling too, brilliantly done!
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018 11:54:45 AM »

 This looks great. I agree about the pockets on the inside too. Lovely bag!
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018 01:28:13 PM »

Thanks so much you guys! I took it out today, and loved it!

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018 05:03:01 PM »

Terrific, bet you got lots of compliments and admiring looks!
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