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Topic: my take on the non-ugly hip purse (first sewing post!Pic heavy) *Tutorial added*  (Read 9862 times)
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« on: April 20, 2006 12:37:39 PM »

I wanted to make a cool and practical purse for my sister's birthday - she's going to Australia and New Zealand, and I figured something similar to the hip slinger would be appropriate to hold her small but important stuff. She turned 21 today, yay!

This was my first time sewing a zipper and a lining, so I actually made a practice purse for myself at the same time. I didn't follow a tutorial or a pattern, so I put together one thing for the practice purse, then sewed the same thing on the real one, and so on. (This meant changing the thread colour about a hundred times, but it turned out good.)

Here's my sister modelling her bag (white and black) - fortunately, she liked it! There is a heart inside the lining since she's my sis Smiley Then there is me modelling my bag, the green one - it actually goes with a lot of my clothes, but today I was wearing a black ballerina skirt which may not be the best combination.

Here goes:


(I bought the fabric in a small town in Sweden, so I doubt that will help you, but thanks for asking!)

Here's how I did it:

* I cut a piece of paper the size I wanted the bag plus seam allowance. This turned out to be 23x27 cm, and I cut another piece of paper the width the belt should be to fit the d-rings, again including seam allowance.

* Then I drew the "pattern" onto the fabric, starting with the belt so I was sure there would be enough fabric. I cut the squares for the bag and the lining the same size.

* I made an opening where I wanted the zipper to be, in both the outer and inner fabric, the same width as the zipper. At first I didn't make it fit but a friend told me to cut a couple of small arrows by the opening,
like this:   >----------<  Then I could make a neat rectangular opening.

* I sewed the zipper loosely by hand to the front fabric, then sewed it on properly.

* Then I sewed together the pieces for the lining, and then the outer fabric so I had two pockets.

* I fit the lining into the outer fabric and made sure the zipper was in front of the zipper opening in the lining, then I sewed the zipper through both layers of fabric. This means there are two seams around the zipper, but I think that looks good and feels more secure.

* I sewed together the top of the purse, just straight across.

* I ironed the fabric for the belt carefully so it would fold in the right places even without pins.

* I pinned the purse inside the belt and then sewed together the belt. I added a seam at the top of the belt for symmetry.

* Then I checked how long the belt should be, cut it off, sewed around the edges and added the d-rings.

* I also made a little holder ring for the belt.

The finished bag measures 25 x 22 cm and holds several small things like a wallet, mobile phone, passport, small guide book and keys.

Hope this makes sense! Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2006 12:45:46 PM »

Hey those are totally adorable!  Do you have a tut you used, or want to share?

Also, I love the black, white, and red fabric.  Where's it from?


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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2006 01:09:34 PM »

 Love it!   would  love to  know  how  you  did  it  ans  the  zipper.

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2006 01:17:52 PM »

those are great!  i LOVE the fabric for the first one!

« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2006 01:50:57 PM »

love the first one's fabric! And off course I love the hip-bags too... Wink Although I wouldn't make them so "long" (top to bottom...) .. but hey, that's just my picky taste talking!! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2006 03:46:48 PM »

WOW, great job. A tutorial would be fabulous....??!
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2006 12:31:28 AM »

Ooh, very nice. I like these a lot, especially the fabric on the first one.

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2006 12:40:04 AM »

they are both very nice, well done. hope you get time to consider doing a tutorial.
cheers cyndiq

« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2006 01:57:35 AM »

Thanks!  Cheesy I added a tutorial of sorts, but it's just a description of what I did since I didn't follow a pattern or anything.

love the first one's fabric! And off course I love the hip-bags too... Wink Although I wouldn't make them so "long" (top to bottom...) .. but hey, that's just my picky taste talking!! Cheesy

Good point - I didn't realize the perspective is a bit off in the pics. The bags are 22x25 cm, more square than they appear. I wanted them to be that "deep" so they could hold wallet, passport, etc without looking bulky.

« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2006 09:08:05 AM »

Love the fabric on the first one.  Too bad I'm not going to Sweden anytime soon! 
I have to get around to making on of these hip bags.
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