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« on: November 01, 2005 01:20:25 PM »

Hey! I made my first bag to use in place of my way-too-cutesy diaperbag ala Jordy-style.

Here are a few pics:

ANYWAYS, I have a few questions...

1) How do I make compartments in it? Like I want to put in a [fabric] divider in it, to make 2 compartments, instead of one big pouch. What's the best way to go about this... make two linings and have them side by side? (Or would that work since you turn everything inside out. I'm confuzzled  Huh)

2) How can I make the bottom stronger, so when you have it put in on your shoulder, the sides don't bow in and the middle sags??  Someone mentioned putting some plastic canvas in the bottom. At what stage do I do this? LIke I said, I'm following the Jordy tute... and I don't understand how that would work, since you are turning everything inside out. 

3) How can I make some adjustable straps?

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!  I appreciate it so much for the help, or some links to the right pages!!!  Kiss

Sorry I'm so dumb.  Embarrassed
« Last Edit: November 01, 2005 01:48:48 PM by VaMountainFamily » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2005 08:29:04 PM »

VamountainFamily - there is no such thing as a dumb question! It's all part of the learning process.

I can only help you with the adjustable strap bit though. I did my first one last week.

I got 2 D-rings and a slide adjuster piece (you can sometimes buy them as one set). Also you can use one D-ring only and sew the other end of the strap in between the lining and the body of the bag, whichever you prefer.

Thread one end of the strap through the slide adjuster centre piece, loop over the middle part of the slide adjuster and sew the end of the loop to the strap.

Then thread the other end of the strap through one d-ring then back through the slide adjuster (so it slides freely up and down the strap to adjust).

Once through the adjuster either thread the very end of the strap through the last d-ring or sew in between the 2 layers of the bag.

Make sure you're strap is long enough to slide to full length and to go shorter. I make mine quite long as I like it to sit on my hip.

I really hope this makes sense and helps you out. Its hard to describe without pics. If you're still confuzzled let me know I can put up some step-by-step pics Cheesy This drove me nuts when I first did it!

- saram
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2005 07:17:49 AM »

You did a great job.I'm not sure you can put pockets or divider in now.It really needs to be done as you are putting the bag together.Is you lining just one piece of fabric? I use two pieces.One for each side of bag.Then have another piece of fabric that when fold is a the same width as lining but a little shorter then when I sew the two side of lining together I sew the divider piece in between the two lining sides before sewing the lining and outside together.You can use two dividers and make pockets by sewing it to one side of lining if you want.Does this make sense? It's hard to explain.Here's a picture to give you idea of what I mean. http://cgi.ebay.com/Kingsway-pink-and-green-diaper-tote-bag-SUPER-CUTE_W0QQitemZ6815513154QQcategoryZ63852QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem  (not my auction) I'm not sure of what to put in bottom but if you use a heavy interfacing when you make you bag it will be less floppy. My first bag was a diaper tote and now I want to make a messenger too.It's fun.:-)
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2005 08:41:12 AM »

Thank you so much! I'm starting to understand!

Any more advice would be appreciated. I love reading everyone's opinions!

Thanks again!!

April: momma to Abbie & Isaiah

Mountain Sprite Workshop!

I need Altoid tins! PM me!!!!
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