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« Reply #40 on: January 23, 2006 05:31:52 AM »

Wow, as well as the cut out handle, this is a square bottomed tutorial that i actually understnad - thank you so much!  I love the fish fabric too!

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« Reply #41 on: January 23, 2006 06:28:15 AM »

Wow, as well as the cut out handle, this is a square bottomed tutorial that i actually understnad - thank you so much!  I love the fish fabric too!

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« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2006 06:31:14 AM »

so cute!!! I love the fabric!
« Reply #43 on: January 23, 2006 06:32:03 AM »

Great bag.  I love the fish theme.  It will be great in the summer.  Gotta learn how to sew. Jess

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« Reply #44 on: January 23, 2006 07:03:00 AM »

wow thats one great purse, really different.
« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2006 07:13:04 AM »

when i am out and about, i look at people's bags. i used to check people out for real, but now i look at their accessories. (is that a bad sign?) in any event the other day i was at the airport and i noticed that a girl had a bag like these. it wasn't crafted, it was store bought. but what i noticed immediately was the technique the design incorporated for keeping the bag nice and square around the handles.

to this point we have been using cardboard or plastic cutouts. but this airport bag used wooden dowels at the top edges. the window was closer to the top edge, so the handle didn't crumple, but the top edge was very sturdy and very carry-able.

this is a technique that i bet comes out nice.
I'll give it a try and report back.

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« Reply #46 on: February 02, 2006 12:26:36 PM »

Hello!  I'm currently trying out this pattern, but I'm a bit confused with the tutorial.  I guess I should be able to figure it out myself, but I'm so tired, both mentally and physically, as I'm 7 months pregnant.  Anyways, I noticed in your tutorial that you didn't explain how many pieces of each fabric are needed.  I started out with only one piece for the outside and one piece for the lining.  I figured out on my own, much later, that I should have two of each, but maybe it would be helpful for those out there, like me, who just don't get it unless it's explained.  Also, I think a list of materials should probably be given at the start, cause I didn't realize that I would also be needing some interfacing.  I don't have any, so I'm just gonna use some fabric that I don't really like, since it will be hidden inside.  I know it's supposed to give the bag some stiffness and body.  I just hope that my fabric works.  For the handles, I'm planning on using some scrap denim.  Do you think that will be stiff enough for the handles?  If not, should I try pieces of plastic from milk containers?  And when I do get to the handles, in what order should the fabric be laid out and which way should they be facing?  I've tried really hard to figure that out on my own, but I just get more confused, and I don't want to ruin the fabric I already have cut and ready to put the bag together with.  I know these are too many questions, but I would really appreciate your help!  I really like your bag and I'm hoping to make it for my daughter for Valentine's day.  Thanks!
« Reply #47 on: February 02, 2006 12:42:59 PM »

ok, lets see, you will need two pieces of each fabric. as for interfacing, i almost never have enough of it for my project so i frequently use leftover muslin, and sometimes felt.

for the handle, you could use the denim that would make it look nice when its not being used, but they would still crumply when you hold it of cousrse. if your're ok with that then the denim will be fine. if you want your handle to be more rigid while you are carrying it, use the milk jug plastic, i did so with one, and i mis measured the plastic sothe handle is not comfortable in my hand. ergo, i probably won't go the plastic route again. but that is completely upto personal preference. either the plastic or the denim will yield suitable results.

for installing your handle, what you do is the handle step first, then thread one of the pieces of fabric through the form- then when you lay it out flat on your workspace, it will be like a sandwich; fabric, form, fabric. the form should be between the wrong sides of the fabrics. (please, someone double check that for me)

then you continue with the rest of he steps. it's is a bit tricky keeping the form in the right place while you complete the rest of the bag, but not impossible. you'll just have to go slowly, and you may need to have the seam ripper at the ready. i did for the first one i made. you might consider making one out of fabric other than the valentine fabric; just to practice. it really would be a shame to ruin the fabric.

« Reply #48 on: February 03, 2006 10:42:48 AM »

Thank you for your help!  I'll be sure to post up a picture of the completed purse so you can see.  I think I'm gonna wait till I get my hands on some plastic to use for the handles, though.  I tend to be a perfectionist, and I want it to look as good as it can.  I guess that's why I stressed out so much on how to construct it.  But thank you again, for your help, for your creativity and for posting up a tutorial because I can imagine it's not an easy thing to do.   Cheesy
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« Reply #49 on: February 03, 2006 12:05:48 PM »

sew lining and outside together around square opening
sew lining together outside in
pull cornors together and sew
sew outside fabric in the same way as linning
turn right side out and  fold sides over and pin

I really want to try this tutorial, but I have a question...I hope I dont sound stupid...how do you turn right side out since the square handles are sewn together and its all closed except for the top part...I just cant see it happenning, I cant figure it out...Im I really stupid or what? Please help!
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