I am so happy with how this bag turned out! I’ve seen the Simplicity 2600 pattern around on the internet and was debating on making one when I saw this bag done by TrishStitched. I thought it looked fantastic! So I did some research and ended up with this beautiful dark brown fleece backed vinyl for the outer portion and pretty clock themed cotton for the interior from Jo-Ann’s. My boyfriend also has a slight obsession with clocks, ;). I have never sewn anything like this before so went back to Google and discovered I needed a walking foot made for vinyl type things so it wouldn’t stick when sewing and a denim universal needle so it could puncture through the fabric. This post by Sewing Parts Online was so helpful!
I made a few changes and added a few things to make the bag just right. First of all instead of cutting out 2 separate pieces for the front and back parts of the main duffle I cut out one piece and instead of one front pocket and one side pocket I cut out a front and back pocket and made pockets on both sides. I also lined these with the cotton fabric to cover up the awful fleece on the back of the vinyl.
Then for the handles instead of making one large loop and attaching to the bottom I made 2 pieces and attached them from the bottom of the pocket to about an inch above the pocket.
Instead of trying to fuss with turning the handles inside out, I folded over the 1/4″ seam allowance to the inside and top stitched the straps on both sides. During this whole process I found the use of paper clips instead of needles for the vinyl to work wonderfully!
I am so proud of my shoulder strap! I cut out a long piece about 60″ long and 3″ wide. I wanted a strap that was 1 1/4″ wide after I folded it in half and sewed up the seam allowances. I also made loops for each end of the bag so the shoulder strap could be detachable. The tricky part was adding the slider to make the strap adjustable. I managed to do all of this without breaking my machine or a needle! I have a Brother cs6000i sewing machine. I doubt I’ll be sewing with thick vinyl again anytime soon as my machine isn’t really made for this kind of work but glad it all turned out so well. He was super surprised!
And using a tutorial by So Sew Easy I made my own bias tape out of the lining fabric. I sewing it into a tube though, oops! After battling with bias taping one side of the duffle I cut the bias back in half and the other side went way smoother and looks so much better!
I also made a matching faux leather luggage tag, :).
So impressed with how great this bag looks and overall how easy it was for the most part, :). And large! As seen by the last photo it can hold a lot!
And a pic with the birthday boy!
I’m not sure if I’ll make the top 50 for the annual Tennessean’a Ms. Cheap’s Cheapest of the Cheap contest but submitted my idea anyway.
Been making a lot of my own workout gear of late because 1) workout clothes are EXPENSIVE! and 2) custom always fits better.
I’ve made 4 pair of leggings so far and have enough leftover fabric to make matching shorts or even swim suits.
And my awesome super cheap armband with a POCKET!!!! 🙂
Definitely lots more planned in the future for shirts, etc.
Here is my submission of links and sources gathered from lots of research:
To source my fabric I keep an eye on sales and coupons. Jo-Ann’s always has a nice selection and if you are on their email list always a coupon plus coupons in their mobile app. I’ve made several pairs for under $10 including the fabric, elastic, and thread. Other low-cost sources are the onlinefabricstore.net and fabric.com who send out daily emails with whatever fabric is 10% off that day, hartsfabrics.com also has a mailing list. Or if you want the good stuff spandexbyyard.com and any of the other places located on this list by Fehr Trade: http://www.fehrtrade.com/article/748/where-to-buy-exercise-fabric-a-global-list. This is a great guide to deciding which fabrics are best: https://www.seamworkmag.com/issues/2015/01/a-guide-to-activewear-fabrics. You can sign up for the McCall Pattern Company email list to be notified of their many sales on patterns, always a nice selection of athletic apparel patterns. Part of my foray into making my own clothes has been due in large part to making quality fitted items for a fraction of the cost they would be in store. With all the sales and options out there, making one’s own athletic apparel is definitely a savings! Also checking out thrift stores has some great options.
Armband: http://www.maidenjane.com/2012/08/diy-ipod-armband-case-with-window-tutorial.html/; http://shop.fehrtrade.com/collections/frontpage/products/running-armband-pocket; https://jaeboyd.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/trials-of-creating-my-own-iphone-armband/
Sports bra: http://www.autostraddle.com/make-a-thing-sports-bra-and-wireless-lace-bra-227855/
Underwear: http://clothhabit.com/free-pattern-rosy-ladyshorts/; http://www.makebra.com/free-hipster-pattern/
Yoga pants: http://sweet-verbena.blogspot.com/2012/02/yoga-pants-tutorial.html,
Yoga mat bag: http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/NigellaYogaBag.pdf
Patterns Sites: http://www.jocole.net/catalog/; http://www.simplicity.com/; http://www.jalie.com/; http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/; http://kwiksew.mccall.com/; http://shop.fehrtrade.com/; http://papercutpatterns.com/; https://www.etsy.com/
I was looking for Christmas gift ideas for a friend and decided on a tote. So I went in search of free patterns and came across the Renegade Tote Bag. Love it!
My friend is a HUGE Big Bang Theory fan so I ordered this from Spoonflower, an amazing site for unique fabrics. And lined it with Star Trek as that’s her other passion. This bag was geeked out to the max.
I only made a few changes to the original pattern posted. First I cut two separate side pieces so the pattern would be right side up instead of cutting out one large piece and folding in half. I also used 1″ wide cotton webbing.
Now I need to make one for myself!
I’ve been making these McCall pattern purses for awhile now and decided to make some adjustments for a Christmas gift for my mom. First of all she LOVES blue jeans. Blue jean anything: jackets, pants, purses, etc. I had a couple pairs of ripped jeans so I decided to cut them up to make this purse, :). She also loves pockets so I saved the back pockets on one pair to make the outside pockets on the purse and added a zipper divider in the middle.
I basically cut each pocket out and attached to the central panel on each other side of the purse.
I then also made the inner side pockets a little taller as I’ve noticed sometimes the things I put in the pockets fall out.
And of course a few pen holder pockets.
The tricky part was adding a central zipper divider. For this I added half an inch to the inner lining gusset pattern piece leaving the outer piece the same and then cut it in half. I also cut out additional inner lining side pieces to make the central divider attaching the pieces to the zipper like you would for the outer purse sides/lining and then basting the bottom of the divider pocket. I then attached each side of the gusset that was cut in half to the divider sewing it all together. I was then able to baste the other gusset piece to the inner lining piece per the pattern directions.
I basically followed the pattern for everything else adding belt loops saved from the pants to the purse handle.
Very happy with how it turned out and my mom loved it!
And check out my Etsy shop for current purses among other things for sale at HazelJaeDesigns.Etsy.com
Love how this one turned out! First of two different Music City medium sized hobo bags to represent this wonderful city of Nashville. I purchased my amazing guitar fabric from Online Fabric Store.
I wanted to show a photo by photo sequence of my hand made purse process.
Completing the top stitching.
The inside part with plenty of pockets and lime green accent stitching.
And the outside front and back.
The fun part! Putting seam binding along inside edges.
And some hand stitching to attach the handles.
And the finishing touch of a hand made fabric rose.
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