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Hey all,

Thought you might like to see what I've been up to.
http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?c=o3492qh.ir3001l&x=0&y=-lzff5u

http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?c=o3492qh.ferpna1&x=0&y=16jld9

Sharon
---buried in Christmas projects!!!

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Love all the bags!!!  The cosmetic bag looks awesome.


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Are those bags hard?  Did you use a pattern?  You make them look so
wonderful you are making me want to try to make some as gifts.  I
really like those fabrics too.  Everyone I know could use stuff like
that, including myself.  Great idea.
Joy


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Joy,

Thanks so much!!

They aren't hard at all.  (And frankly, my dear, I don't think you would
back down from a challenge if they were!!  ;} )

For the first purse I did (the yellow one) I did use a pattern.  That's
McCall's 4118 A.  Really simple really quick.  I will tell you that on the
second one I did (for my pal) I made the outside pockets 1 1/2" taller.
They weren't deep enough to suit my tastes, or my cell phone.  ;)  Also, the
pattern doesn't tell you to, but either bind with bias tape, or serge the
top edges where you put in the zipper.  Otherwise you will have that fringe
thing going on under the zipper tape. :(

The others I didn't have a pattern for.  I used the free tree skirt
fabric.com was giving away a while back for the snowman purse.  Because that
fabric was made to be a tree skirt, or a table cloth, it only had the
batting on the back.  I lined that bag with a cotton print with snowmen
faces all over it.  :)  I used the exact middle of the tree skirt.  That was
wide enough to give me room to cut out the shape of the purse without too
much of a curve on the sides.  The straps on that one were from the border
of the tree skirt.  The mittens and stockings ran around the outside of the
circle that makes the tree skirt.  So I cut that off and carefully folded it
in half, right sides together and stitched the long edge.  Turned the tube
and Viola! handles.  ;)

For the circle cosmetic bag, I was thinking of the old fashioned hat boxes.
Now, granted, it's not as big as a hat box, but that's where the shape came
from.  I wanted her to be able to get things in and out of the bag easily,
but I wanted it to close securely.  So that meant a zipper around the top.
Didn't have any zippers in my stash that were long enough that weren't
separating zippers.  That's why it's two zippers head to head instead of one
zipper all the way around.  I liked how it looked in the end, and would do
it that way again.  For that one, I cut two circles of the pre-quilted
fabric large enough for the top and bottom (9" diameter.)  Then one
rectangle large enough to form the tube.  There is also a series of inside
pockets that are as tall as the border fabric on the outside at the bottom.
I attached the inside pocket band to the large rectangle while it was all
still flat.  Then I stitched from the top of the pocket band to the bottom
edge every 4".  That formed the multiple pockets on the inside.  Then I
attached the zipper to the rectangle.  Then sewed the short ends to form the
tube, and bound that seam with bias tape made from the contrast fabric.  Put
the bottom on next, and bound that seam also.  (binding that seam not only
makes it neater inside, it helps the bag stand up well.)  I lined the inside
of the lid with contrast fabric so the bobbin stitches on the monogram would
be hidden.  You don't have to do that if you don't embroider on the lid.
The handle is a narrow tube of the pre-quilted fabric.  I bound the edge of
the lid with bias tape too.  Then came the only tricky part---attaching the
zipper to the round lid.  ;)  This wasn't as bad as I was afraid it would
be.  LOL!  I keep wash away wonder tape on hand all the time anyway.  It
works great for putting zippers in anywhere.  But I wouldn't want to put one
in like this without it.  It really helped.  I did go around twice since all
the weight of the bag will hang from that when she picks it up.

I got the fabric at Hancock's.  The Hancock's here had quite a variety of
the pre-quilted fabric and coordinating border prints to match.
www.fabric.com did have some pre-quilted fabrics a while back.  And
www.equilter.com had some too.  But you can quilt your own with any two
fabrics you like.  The McCall's pattern has a "quilting diagram" for you to
follow even.  (how's that for simple??)

I bet you could make some wonderful bags!  Give it a whirl.  I really
enjoyed making these, they go quickly and so far everyone has loved them.
I've had several people ask what I would charge to make them one.  :)  So,
you never know, I might end up making a lot of bags.  :)  (Just from my own
designs not patterns.  I know the rules.)

Sharon
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Sharon,
   Now you have me worried....it looked easier than it sounds.  All
written out it almost looks - daunting.
But, you have me hooked and convinced and don't tell my girlfriend,
but she is getting one to tote her sewing stuff to my house for the
times she runs over here with a "Hellp" and we end up having a sewing
day together.  She is usually toting stuff in grocery sacks...so this
will be perfect - the pretty round one I think.
As for the rest of the people on my list.....I will see how hard they
are to make before I mentally commit to too many.
I love them!
Thanks again for sharing.
Joy

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They really are easy.  When I'm bogged down with a big project, or big batch
of projects, I love to take some time out and do something quick.  It's that
instant (or darn near) gratification thing.  These bags started as a quick
fix project.  And they fulfilled that very nicely.  :)

And let's just put a small reality check on this shall we??  These bags
ain't nuthin' compared to a complete Scarlett O'Hara wardrobe in 18" doll
size, or a Scarlett garden party dress complete with all the
underpinnings---they don't even compare to hand embellishing the fabric for
that dress.  <LOL and ducking>

I think a sewing bag would be wonderful!  If you want to make the lid and
the bottom stiffer, you can use plastic needlework canvas cut to size and
shape.  Just cut two pieces of fabric that size + seam allowance and make a
cover for the plastic canvas.  Tack it in place and no one will ever know
it's in there.  :)  Wouldn't a permanently attached pin cushion be great on
the inside of the lid??  Remember the old time sewing baskets that had the
padding on the inside of the lid?  My grandmother had one of those and when
I inherited it, it still had her needles stuck in there.  :)  You could do
varying sizes of pockets on the inside too.  Small ones for spools of thread
and thimbles.  Larger ones for shears.  Etc.  I'm thinking a row of small
pockets around closer to the top, then big pockets below.

Are we scared that my brain is now on overdrive so early in the morning?????
And on ONE CUP OF COFFEE!!?!?!?!?  Something is obviously very wrong with
me.  LOL

Sharon
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sharon...
they are great!  how do i get on your christmas list???
betsey
"we do not inherit the earth, we caretake it for our children"

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LOL  Thanks Betsey.

I'm so excited that everyone has liked them.  :)  They really are a fun
little project.  Which makes showing them off that much more fun.  I know
everyone here could do them too.

Unfortunately, I gave myself a reality check in the last couple days.  If I
work non-stop from now till New Years, I will have all the projects I'd like
to get done finished.  lol  Would you like to sign up for the Christmas list
for next year??  ;)  I'd squeeze you in sooner if you showed up at my house
with a team of Merry Maids and cleaning supplies however.  <G>

Sharon
---doing emergency laundry at 6:30 for the boy who didn't have clean jeans
for school.  *sigh*
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sharon--
give me the address, i'll be right over to clean!!
betsey
"we do not inherit the earth, we caretake it for our children"

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(((Hugs)))  Thanks Bestey!  I think if you just follow the smell....I'll be
cooking pumpkins tomorrow for pie.  mmmm   When you smell that you'll be
close.  ;)  And you'd run if you saw what I can do to a kitchen when in a
baking frenzy.  LOL!!!!

Sharon

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Adorable gifts. They will be the season's most valued gift. The fabric
is really precious.

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Beautiful, Sharon.

I especially love the yellow ones.

:) Trish

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