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« on: December 15, 2008 07:52:18 AM »

Finally getting down to the last few homemade pressies for Christmas!  Here's a lunch tote for my stepmom, she picked the fabric which I really like.  This was my first attempt with fusible vinyl....it's the devil!  Ok, it's not that bad to fuse, but it wrinkles easily.  It's also lined with insul-brite.  I'm going to re-do the topstitching, my machine went bonkers and missed MANY stitches, not sure what's up with that!  Why is everything I make lately NEUTRAL colors?!? 


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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008 07:56:02 AM »

This is beautiful! I love the design and the the fabric choices. You thought of so many details with the lining! It's awesome!

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008 08:01:57 AM »

I really love your fabric combination! It's so pretty. Spring is coming soon, and maybe you can get away from the neutral pallet Grin but, this is lovely. What size is your bag?

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008 08:13:31 AM »

Thanks for your kind comments.  The bag is 7" X 6 1/2" on the bottom and 8 1/2" tall.  I screwed up the corners the first time so the bottom got a little bigger.  My next project is another lunch tote that is orange and blue (different style), so that'll get me out of the neutral rut!!

« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2008 02:05:02 PM »

That is really cute. I want one.

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2008 04:44:03 AM »

Did you use a pattern or tutorial? I'd love to make one of these... I have been wanting to try that iron on vinyl but haven't had the guts

You did a great job...

« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2008 09:16:11 AM »

Did you use a pattern or tutorial? I'd love to make one of these... I have been wanting to try that iron on vinyl but haven't had the guts

You did a great job...

Thanks!  I don't have a pattern, I tend to make things up as I go along.  I basically sewed the three fabrics for the outside together in strips and left the top about and inch or inch and a half longer than the inside so it would fold down over the inner fabric.  To form the box bottom my best advice is to use the jordy tutorial and cut out the square from the corner, I tried to do the corners differently and really screwed it up.  For the inside I fused the vinyl to the fabric then sewed it along with the insul-brite all together.  Put the inside in the outside, fold the outer top down then stitch it down (I of course added the handles and flap inside the fold-down) after that fold the handles and flap up and topstitch along the top edge.  That's the part that my machine had issues.  I'm about to re-do that fold down/topstitch part, took me 30 minutes to get all of that stitching out.  ARGH!  Hope that helps, I could take a few pictures before I redo the top if that helps. 

The iron on vinyl isn't really that bad, it just crinkles and it's not like you can get an iron down inside the bag.  Plus you have to put a piece of paper on top to iron.  I got some printed vinyl at Walmart I might use instead next time, it's less fussy. 

« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2008 11:56:13 AM »

That is some awesome fabric.
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