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Turquoise Bag with Ear Bud Port

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Mod, Funky, Casual, Hipster, Cute
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What materials did you use? Turquoise /Blue Flower Fabric Exterior, Indigo/White Interior (both are outdoor upholstery fabrics). Turquoise zipper, Metal Wristlet connector hardware, Handmade Polymer Clay Beads, Polar Fleece Batting.

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What are you most proud of? I constructed this bag with outdoor upholstery fabric--mainly because I like the color and large pattern design. I used free motion quilting with a 3 layer sandwich of exterior fabric, polar fleece batting, and interior fabric layer. I stitched around the flower designs wiggling the stitch back and forth (because it looks better than trying to precisely outline a flower. The single stitch wasn't pronounced and was lost in the stiffness of the fabric. I set my zig zag to satin stitch 3.2 stitch width, 04 stitch length. The Turquoise satin stitch looked good--especially in the centers of the flowers, and repeated as satin stitch to secure the ear bud port (hole) upper right. The big payoff was the effect of the satin stitches on the interior fabric. Oooo--cool. Handmade polymer beads decorate a bracelet zipper pull. The bag has detachable carrying straps and wristlet strap.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I hope you try my idea of the ear bud port in your next bag. Big sure to eat your spinach, and borrow your husband's heavy duty hammer when trying to install the oversized eyelets. Watch your fingers-- Or, take the easier route and satin stitch around the ear bud port, and make it a decorative feature! Ha. Ha.

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An ear bud passage! What a clever idea. Great bag! I definitely like the bracelet zipper pull.

03/26/2013 Flag

Hi there Crayon. I read your bio and enjoyed hearing about you. Thanks for your great comments. Makes me happy and productive

03/26/2013 Flag

Hi there 2strings. Glad you like the idea of the ear bud passage. I've been thinking about the adding an ear bud port for a long time. Now I'm tweaking it a bit--to add cloth loops on the inside to guide/direct the long length of ear bud cable. First thing to learn was installing oversized eyelets, and my first attempts were unsuccessful--the oversied eyelet is a beast. I tried the off the shelf pliers for squeezing the over sized eyelets. I couldn't do it, so I went back to the store. The man at the store couldn't squeeze the eyelets shut either. I returned the pliers, and re-invested in a die set to hammer the stubborn oversized eyelets shut. It relies on hammering hard enough to splay the tall collar outward, tight against the companion ring on top. It takes a carpenter's weighted hammer to pound it down. A little craft hammer doesn't get the job done. What's more--it is still ice and snow outside, so I can't pound it on harder surface (as the directions suggested on concrete). I asked my husband if he'd find me an anvil. His eyes got as big as saucers. That happens a lot lately.

03/26/2013 Flag

Your poor husband! What are you doing to the man with all these strange requests? I'm sure he's wondering what happened to the girl he knew and who replaced her. lol

03/27/2013 Flag

I'm here laughing at your response to 2strings. I can just see your husband's face when you ask him to find an anvil! I'd been looking at the oversized grommets others had used and thinking I'd like to try some bags with those, but after your comments about how much force one has to use to secure them, I think I'd better forget that idea. I have such serious arthritis in my hands and fingers that I often have to ask my partner to open even a plastic jug of milk! So that grommets sound out of the question. Great looking bag, Shoestring, and very clever.

03/26/2013 Flag

Hi AllThatPatchwork. Before you abandon the idea of using oversized eyelets--let's try out some grommets. I'm not sure, but I suspect there might be difference between eyelets requiring hammering, and grommets that snap into place and secured with a tiny screw and Allen's wrench. It is worth asking the question. Let me research this a bit, ok? ANVIL: Yes, yes. I think an anvil is definitely on my list of things I'd like to find at a rummage sale. Although I haven't seen them before at a rummage sale, or maybe I should say--I wasn't looking for them so I didn't notice. Funny story to share with you. Before we moved five years ago, my husband cleaned out his huge workshop and put quite a bit of duplicate stuff on a trailer bed and rolled it out into the front yard. His sign said MAN SALE. He's a comedian you know--but rugged handsome like Nick Nolte. I laughed and laughed at his sign until I realized most of the patrons were women. Then, it wasn't funny any more.

03/26/2013 Flag