Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bags!


I am thinking ahead to the DCMQG meeting next Saturday.  Bag making!  I love bags…can you ever have too many?  And, when I think of bags…I think of bags and pouches…and do fabric bins also count?
Some people think of bags as being purses or tote bags.  I have made several, of varying degrees of difficulty.  On the easy end is the Lickety Split Bag by Made by Rae.  I added a button and a pony tail holder fastener so that it can roll up in my purse and then be used as a shopping bag.













The first bag that I made was the Diana Hobo Bag which is a free pattern.  The only challenge on this one was learning to insert a magnetic snap.











A few years ago, at the frat house retreat, several of us made the Supertote.  It involved lots of fusing, elastic pockets and zippers as well as piping.  I added a key fob so that my keys would still be findable.  Here is mine…can you tell that I really like Echino fabric?


Do I really need another bag?  I made this lovely one last summer – Carol’s Convertible PurseThere were many pieces and many steps but I learned how to make an inset zipper.  I loved that this pattern had a sheet of premade labels so that you could attach the labels to pieces as you cut them so not to get them all confused.  This purse is designed to be used as either a shoulder bag or as a backpack which is very handy.

But what I might like to make is the 241 tote, which I have been eyeing for some time…or a newer bag of Noodlehead’s, the Caravan tote.

And then there is the pouch category... of course there is Noodlehead's open wide pouch that so many of us have made.  I have made a few...but Linda has made a lot!  Great for yourself...great for gifts!

And, if you are not into zippers, there is Jeni Baker's Drawstring Bag that we made for a swap a few years ago.  Here is the lovely one that Jessie made.

Recently I have eyed some of the small bags that are designed for your sewing  kit.  I really would like to make one.  Should it be the Sewtogether Bag such as Melinda's?

Or perhaps the Bionic Bag?  Have you made either one of these?  Could you steer me in one direction or the other?  I would love some guidance in making a choice. 
Do you have a favorite bag pattern that you would recommend?  Or one that you will be making for the first time on Saturday?  Suggestions for novice bag makers as well as experience sewists are all welcome.  Please, share what you want to make!

 


 

10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful recap of some of the bags you and others have made. I don't know how you'll decide! Unfortunately, I will be missing this meeting and so I don't have to make a decision. Good luck everyone! I will miss being there.

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  2. I can't decide which bag to make either, Lynne. Anna, Noodlehead, has a free bag pattern up on the RK site, the trail tote. I like my Noodlehead Poolside tote and would like to make a smaller version. I'm also been threatening to make a SewSweetness Aeroplane bag but I can't find the pattern...

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    1. Is this it here? https://sewsweetness.com/products/aeroplane-bag Laura G

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    2. Trying again, as that url I first posted doesn't seem to resolve (got a 404 when I tried it again). It's linked off here: http://sewsweetness.com/2013/03/aeroplane-bags.html Laura G.

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    3. Laura, that was really thoughtful of you to look up the link. I have the actual pattern and I have it printed out and taped together. I just can't find that copy. If you want to come over and clean my sewing space to help me find it, that would be wonderful ;)

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    4. I'd offer to bring you my copy of the Aeroplane pattern (knowing tha tyou have paid for your own of course), but I'm afraid that I will have to clean up my sewing space in order to find mine as well...

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  3. Have been meaning to tackle this clutch: http://www.marthastewart.com/269495/fabric-clutch

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  4. Is there a sign up for sewing table space? If I recall Westover only has space for about 12-15 sewing spots. Each tabletop has a socket to plug in then the table has a cord to plug into the floor sockets. I would enjoy this as a weekend workshop theme where we could share skills and have more than a few hours to work on a bag. Maybe even design one of our own!

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    1. Hi Frederick! I need to do a post on the blog about this Saturday. I anticipate that we will be cozy at Westover. I'm hoping that people will be willing to share machines. Bag sewing does involve a lot of breaks to press and more pinning breaks than chain piecing does. I don't want to discourage anyone from coming. In fact, if things end up too crowded there, then it will be much easier to just take Westover off of our list of venues and the guild will need to pay for sewing day space if need be. That may sounds strange, but sometimes a failed outing gives us the best information. I think it would be better to clearly know where we do and don't fit rather than limping along with the same spaces we've always been going to. I will text Jessie to see if she remembers the 12-15 sewing spaces. I thought that we might fit 20 machines, but I was last there over 2 years ago.

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  5. I have an old pattern that I bought at ACMoore many years ago for a bag called the Serenity Bag. It's intended to be made with a jelly roll, and is a really fast, attractive, large and slouchy tote style bag. I'm planning on making one as a gift on Saturday.

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