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Topic: The Big Thread of "Help Me Find a Pattern, Please!"  (Read 78562 times)
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« Reply #100 on: September 21, 2009 10:40:01 AM »

I was at a craft fair this weekend and saw some beautiful back packs made out of blue jeans. I can not find a pattern to make these any where and was hoping someone could help.  They were a tear drop shape with two straps that can be zipped into one over the shoulder strap.  I knew I should have bought one...
« Reply #101 on: September 23, 2009 11:10:53 AM »

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Just remember the edge need serging of they will probably fray.  Might want to use a heavier material too.

Serging is done with a serger=a specialty sewing machine.  You can finish your edges of your fabric with a zig-zag stitch (stitch just along the edge of your fabric so your needle pierces the fabric...not going off one side).

I have made several bags like this out of regular quilting-weight fabric.  Holds a ton of groceries...far more than a flimsy plastic bag.  You can use a French seam (http://www.sewneau.com/how.to/french.seam.html#) the bottom seam (unless, of course, the bottom is the fold of the fabric, so no need for a seam!)

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« Reply #102 on: September 30, 2009 11:52:42 PM »

plus. you most likely won't be able to find the bird hardware. But you can change the design slightly and make them applique instead of the clasp as you said. Just pick a contrasting color and cut and sew them on! I've never worked with leather- just vinyl. I don't imagine it's the same... but similar no doubt. I always have to put down some tissue paper to get it to feed through my machine. The shiny surface doesn't want to go under the feed dogs. Also, use a leather needle. The tip is shaped differently so as to not make HUGE holes when you sew. It's like an x shape so that it kind of closes up around the thread. (I read that once anyway...)  Def. a larger than usual needle. And think about using an upholstry thread. or doubling up on your thread.

BTW. yeah. cute bag.

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« Reply #103 on: October 05, 2009 11:25:26 AM »

Do a few practice runs first before using your leather. Practice on some leather scrap similar to what you're using for the final product. It's rough. Thick marine vinyl is worse, though, so I would NOT recommend that.

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« Reply #104 on: October 16, 2009 02:26:01 AM »

Hi Tiger Eyes

I would recommend McCalls, Butterick, or Vogue patterns.
Although some of them are limited, I have found some good ones and an especially nice one from Vogue.

I keep an eye out on all their websites as you can buy the patterns online and also they have sales when the patterns are half price, or buy 1 get 1 free Smiley

Alternatively you can message me if you want to describe the type of clutch you are after so I can point you in the right direction.
« Reply #105 on: October 16, 2009 11:08:26 AM »

Or you can check the enormous list of tutorials provided in this sub forum, for free, and see if you'd like to try them.

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« Reply #106 on: October 17, 2009 07:30:50 AM »


Go to the above site and immediately log in.  Then look at the farthest picture to the right where it says "print at home" and click on this.  This is only available until Oct 31 and then they should be putting up another one on their new web site.
« Reply #107 on: October 17, 2009 03:27:11 PM »

If you're looking to buy a pattern, keep an eye on the ads at Joann's, Hancock Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby.  Simplicity and McCall's patterns are often $1 and Vogue $5 or less.  I couldn't believe it when I saw a woman pay full price for a pattern the other day.  I guess she didn't know...   Smiley  
A search on here for "clutch tutorial" brought this list and these are free!  

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« Reply #108 on: October 19, 2009 10:52:00 PM »

Ok im a beginer sewer but I love to try new things. I want to make some simple play style purses my my best freinds kids. whats the simplest purse off the tutorials to start with?

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« Reply #109 on: October 20, 2009 11:52:24 PM »

I love the first two bags in this post.  Do you know if there is a pattern for these?


Have you asked her?...after scrolling through, evidently not.

They look (Maybe) like
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321626.msg3708886#msg3708886 (If you click the link to the AB Birdie Sling, the ones you're asking about sorta look like that as well)
Wandering around the Internet, I came across this one,which also looks similar,l I think...:

But, if you were to ask her, I'm sure she'd be willing to share which pattern she used...
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