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Topic: The Sha Sha Dream Bag - 2 Fat Quarters & 1 Hour ~~sew cute!~~  (Read 31490 times)
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« on: September 22, 2005 04:43:04 PM »


The Sha Sha Dream Bag - 2 Fat Quarters & 1 Hour
or "My First Completed Sewing Project.  Ever."

I always see these cute Fat Quarters of fabric at the craft store and curse the fact that I only really know how to glue, staple, decoupage or origami 2 things together - sewing was never on the list.  Well, I tackled my Sewaphobia, threaded my never-been-out-of-the-box-despite-the-fact-that-I-got-it-from-Santa-2-years-ago sewing machine and sketched out a simple bag with pleasant dimensions.  [While pattern dimensions where changed to enlarge final purse size & materials used differ, this project was inspired by the Holly Golightly Dream Bag project in Retro Revamp by Jennifer Knapp.  Mad props.]  These purses are easily less than $5 to make!!! 
Make one for each of your girlfriends.
Make one to match your party outfit.
Make one out of your exboyfriend's favorite t-shirt so your new boyfriend has no clue.
Make one and sew buttons, beads, feathers, trim, do dahs, coins, keys, or your dog to it.

I've also been making matching wallets (from the perfect amount of scrap fabric from making the purse above!  I swear!  All of this from 2 fat quarters if you are kraftie enough.) from a version of hdoglovesyou's tutorial here (thanks so much!): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20925.0

I altered to make the inside pocket taller on the left side and added a coin flappy-do on the right side.   

Alright - bring on the questions, but more-over - POST YOUR COMPLETED PURSES!  I wanna see 'em, folks!  I entered this bag into a contest - cross your fingers for me! 

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2005 05:34:15 PM »

Those are wonderful!!  Grin

I was trying to look at the tutorial in your Yahoo!Breifcase, but when I click the Sha Sha Dream Bag folder it says that the folder is empty.. am I doing it right?

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2005 05:49:41 PM »

The bags are lovely.  I'm rooting for you! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2005 05:52:06 PM »

I can't seem to access the tutorial either.  Boo hoo.  Love the bags!

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2005 05:02:13 PM »

Wow.  Those bags are beautiful...
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2005 06:35:06 PM »

Not working for me. Sad  Beautiful bags...awesome job, especially for your first time!!!

Can you email me the pdf files?  janet@jankeldesigns.com

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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2005 07:27:17 PM »

The Sha Sha Dream Bag 2 Fat Quarters and 1 Hour

2 Fat Quarters one quarter for Outside/one quarter for Lining
Medium weight iron on interfacing (buy it off the bolt for cheap)

Item for closure hook & eye; velco; button & loop; snaps; etc
Light cardboard OR retain the cardboard backing included in pre-packaged Fat Quarters
4 brass office brads, or eyelets, etc

   Create pattern from here.  I just used regular office copy paper (yes, my company paid me to create this sshh).

   Unfold your Fat Quarters and iron them out.  As I often do, ramp up the heated debate in your creative brain about which fabric will receive all the glory of being the Outside of your purse, while the other plays the important (but less seen) supporting role of the Lining.  The rest of the instructions will refer to the Outside and Lining fabric in this way.
   Unfold your iron on interfacing and hack out a rectangle the size of your pattern.  Following the instructions of the manufacturer, iron-on apply interfacing to the WRONG SIDE of an upper corner of your Outside fat quarter, leaving plenty of salvage for handle possibilities later.  (lacking manufacturers instructions: place shiny side of interfacing face down on wrong side of fabric; beginning in the middle, iron outwards holding iron in place for 10 seconds; lift and move side to side)

   If you have good scissors, you can save a bunch of time by sandwiching your Lining onto the interfacing-applied Outside fabric, iron them nice and flat together, and then pin on the pattern & cut it out.  This is only if you have good scissors!  Otherwise, the cuts come out all jagged and crap it makes you suicidal.  Ok, it would make me suicidal.  If you have shat scissors, then cut the Outside and Lining separately from the same pattern.

   If you are like me and wanted the first try at sewing to be pretty successful you can sketch the seam lines right on the interfacing with a pencil.  The pattern allows for a inch seam for both the Outside and Lining so you could eyeball it if you are an experienced sewer (does that say sewer?  Like waste water?  Yuk.).  I used my footie edge as a guide once I got moving.  
   At this point, dont iron any of the creases, you may do that later.
   Ok, take the Outside fabric and fold it together (right sides facing), longer straight edges lined up (the purse mouth).  Pin the flappy edges together, and sew as shown.  Again, seam allowance is built in at inch.

   Using a squooshing motion (and sound effect), smash newly sewn edges flat against the bottom opening.  This will be referred to as the purse ass end.  Pin.  Repeat on other side.  Sew a straight line, again allowing inch.  Remove pins.

   Repeat the 3 steps above on the Lining piece of fabric also sewing right sides together.  You may wish to make the seam allowance just a touch wider, making the lining just snuggly smaller than the Outside bag. Just increase your seam line by 1 or 2 16ths of an inch.  (so thats 3/8ths, right?).

   Turn Outside fabric outside in (or the right way).  Poke out the corners sharply and check out your handy work.  Its gonna be cute, huh??
   OPTIONAL, BUT RECOMMENDED:  A CARDBOARD SUPPORTED BOTTOM.  Id prefer a sugar daddy supported bottom so I could be crafting all the time, but we all have to make due with what were given.  Either tape together the light cardboard pieces that came packaged with your Fat Quarters, or locate a light weight cardboard that will support the dimensions of about of 4 x 8 inches.  Id recommend sealing the entire cardboard in a wrap of packing or duct tape for waterproof-ness.  I have been pack ratting away these lightweight cardboard backings that come with packs of fingerprint cards at work they fit perfectly!  I knew I was packing them away for a good use!

   Poke holes in each bottom corner (not too close to the edge) through the fabric and cardboard and insert brass office brads (or use a nifty eyelet setter or other wildly imaginative idea you may have).  Bend back the tines of the brad.  [mental note: Dont show co-workers purse bottom, for fear they may recognize office brads.]

   OPTIONAL:  You can make this purse reversible if you dont insert the cardboard.  Youd want the Outside and Lining to be more the same size.  Think about it..
   Test sizing by shoving Lining (still wrong side out) into your purse carcass.  Poke your fingers into the corners and see if it feels like a good fit.  You can correct a Lining-too-big problem by yanking it back out and sewing a tiny bit more on each ass end.  Remember that you want your lining inside the bag to be shorter at the mouth by a little bit, so eyeball how much you should fold over for the next step:

   Fold over about a inch of the top of the Lining piece and pin down, iron.  Fold in about inch (or more, depending on your opinion) from the Outside fabric to match pin the Lining around inside the mouth.

   OPTIONAL:  Insert beaded trim in between the Outside and Lining before pinning.
   OPTIONAL:  Consider if you will have a closure now.  If doing a loop & button, pin this in now.
   Decide what you want for handles.  You can buy those plastic pre-made handles at Michaels & Joanns which are pretty cool too.  I have been using the scrap from the Fat Quarters (usually the Lining so it doesnt get too envious of the Outside).  Using the longest, widest pieces, cut, fold and pin two handles, right sides facing

   Sew each handle the open edge, then zig over and close the tube at one end.  Using one of your husbands drumsticks, turn the newly sewn handle right side about (in lieu of drumstick, do not use actual chicken or turkey drumstick use a wooden spoon instead).  Repeat.  Squeeze out each of the seams and iron them out.
   Place handles in between Outside and Lining where desired.  Pin in place. I have found out that placing the handles closser together in the middle will cause it to pucker outward less.  The pic here, the handles are a little too far apart, but hey - I was new at it then!

   My machine has this end piece that is removable so I can sew tight, round things.  Take that end thingy off now.  Also, if possible, slide your machine so that it hangs over the end of the table.  This will make turning your cardboard supported bag easier.
   With an exposed stitch, sew once all the around the mouth of the bag, capturing the Outside, Lining and handles all at onceand VOILA!!!  You have a Sha Sha Dream Bag!
   You can decide now to iron the creases/edges if you like a crisp look.

When you receive a compliment, say
Thanks this is my <insert your first name here> ______ Sha Sha Dream Bag.  Each one you make as a gift should be named after the recipient!

Here are all my neices Christmas presents done already!

SO - now that the tutorial is up - post your results!  I want to see purses, people!

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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2005 07:37:55 PM »

cool! Is that a woven bag I see?
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2005 07:59:36 PM »

Cute! I can't wait to try this!  Cheesy

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