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Reversible Tote #3

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Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch taught by Kristin Link

Take this free mini-class and learn how to make two cute bags with Kristin Link of Sew,Mama,Sew!

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Unisex, Women
Style Casual, Classic
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What materials did you use? Heavy cotton twill, Polyester brocade, lightweight stretch denim, interfacing

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What are you most proud of? I adapted the pattern to the measurements of my favorite tote, and it came out well!

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I redesigned the class tote to match the measurements of my favorite tote bag. I made the straps narrower and longer, enlarged the bag, and interfaced throughout.

10/15/2013 Flag

great job

10/15/2013 Flag

Thanks! That is quite a compliment, coming from you. I admired your tote before I even took the class. Also, your dress form is wonderful. Have you tried it out yet? I made a duct tape one, but yours would hold its shape better, resulting in a more accurate fit. It's time for me to make another so I'd love to know what you think of yours.

10/15/2013 Flag

Great job!

10/19/2013 Flag

Thanks! I just finished the zipper pouch (not posted yet), and it came out good. This class is amazing! I can't wait to see your projects.

10/23/2013 Flag

Hi! Do you mind sharing the dimensions you used for the exterior, top, and handles?thanks so much! :)

11/14/2013 Flag

Sure! I planned it to be 17" x 17" when done, so the front & back panels were 18" x 18". I had to applique the brocade over the top of the canvas-type fabric, because the brocade is so delicate, so the panels go all the way to the top of the bag behind it, and the outside & lining are both interfaced for some stiffness. I also cut the main bag & lining fabrics in one piece, instead of having a seam along the bottom. I had to re-think the project a bit to figure out how to do that. When I sewed across the corners to "box" the bottom of the bag, I made bigger triangles so the bag would be 5" deep. The handles were 28" long, and I cut them narrower, only 4", folded in quarters (imperfectly), so about 1 1/8" finished. I interfaced the handles too, and in order for that to work well, I had to use a very thin denim (more like quilting fabric weight) instead of the thick canvas/twill. Does that info help? I needed a bag big enough for a 3-ring binder plus a notebook, lunch, etc.

11/15/2013 Flag