Newbie: Instructions for making tote/handbag?

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Hiya,

I'm new  here and am looking for a 'simple' easy ... beginners pattern or
instructions for making a tote(hand) bag.  Any suggestions?

Thanks a bunch!
Hugs,
Dee



Re: Newbie: Instructions for making tote/handbag?
There are free projects at almost or all sewing machine web site, such as
www.janome.com; www.pfaff.com are two, plus there are www.hancocks.com;
www.nancysnotions.com to name a couple more.  I haven't looked for bags on
them, so cannot be certain there is, but it is always fun to look at all the
projects.  Sorry I can not offer more assistance.
Emily



Re: Newbie: Instructions for making tote/handbag?
Dee, for a free pattern for totes, and lots of other things, visit the
Wild Ginger site, and click on "Wild Things". It will take you to a page
where you can download a free program to make hats, bags, wraps, and
lots of other little goodies.

www.wildginger.com

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


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Karen Maslowski wrote:
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I've seen WildGinger mentioned here numerous times and this was the
first time I've ever visited the site.  ACK!  They're just about 20-25
miles down the interstate from me.


Re: Newbie: Instructions for making tote/handbag?
Except that they don't have a store, only a webstore.

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


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I've downloaded their free accessories patterns and I've been very
pleased.  I knit baby hats for charity, and I also use the Wild Ginger
ski hat pattern to make polar fleece hats to throw in with my pile of
baby hats that I donate.  I also used their software to make myself a
new knitting bag.  I may one day scrape up enough to buy the other
software, too.

lisa


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The last time I visited my sister, she showed me a small bag made of a
two-sided square napkin.   The corners had been turned back, then
stitched a half inch or so from the fold to make casings.  (The half
inch is a wild guess, as I didn't cross the room to take a good look.)
Then a pair of drawstrings were threaded through the casings:  the
result was a little round bag of one print, trimmed with triangles of
another.  

I haven't the foggiest idea what it's good for, but it's cute.  

It's fairly easy to design a simple bag:  

http://roughsewing.home.comcast.net/RUFFTEXT/ROUGH023.TXT


Joy Beeson
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Re: Newbie: Instructions for making tote/handbag?
Thanks so much for all the information!  I'll be working on them and post
pictures on my website when finished.  :-)

Hugs,
Dee


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