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In the Bag

1.17.2011

Told you I would be back…   First up in my “catching up from being gone way too long” posts is one of my handmade Christmas gifts.  Awhile ago, I mentioned that Amy Butler’s Cosmo Bag  was on my wish list.

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So three days before Christmas this girl who has never sewn a bag before and had two Christmas quilts to finish decided to whip one up for her brother’s girlfriend.  And of course had to take it back to grab a picture of it after it was already given because it was too dark to snap a decent photo when it was finally finished. Because that’s how I always roll.

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I love how it turned out.  And all the pockets on the sides and in the lining are so fun.  I knew she loved orange, so the printed fabrics I used were Sugar Pop by Liz Scott and the solid was a shot cotton.

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The project is labeled “easy” in Amy’s book and it was not technically difficult if you have had some sewing experience.  But I would not label it a beginner project as I felt a little over my head at times (just like wise Sharon had commented when I mentioned sewing it).  And as for someone that does not have advanced sewing skills and has never made a bag before, it was very time consuming.  Let’s just say those Christmas quilts did not get done before Christmas.

The most time consuming part was cutting all the pieces.  This is what I cut just in fabric.  The majority of those also had to have interfacing attached to them, so I had to double cut everything you see and fuse it together.  Definitely took longer than the actual sewing.IMG_3193

But I loved how it turned out and the time was worth it.  Especially now that I have made one and understand how it goes together, I think I will be able to cut a lot of time off the second time around.  And this time maybe even make one for myself!

15 comments on "In the Bag"
  1. Wow, great job on the bag! I should really branch our from my normal straight line sewing [pillows] and try and make myself a nice camera bag! :)

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  2. Oh my gosh! For a first time bag-sewer you have done a really fantastic job! Seriously! its very crisp and clean lined! You did a really really phenomenal job! Definitely make more! :)

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  3. Love the BAG!!! Super cute. If you plan on sewing a bag again, which you should, iron the interfacing on the material before you cut it. You might wast some interfacing but to me it is worth it!

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  4. DARN YOU. You were cool enough to actually make a bag from the book we bought and I never got around to it. I even have the fabric (I bought some more Bliss especially for this). I gotta do it. I'm working on my copycat kona solids baby quilt and then this bag is making its way on the list.

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  5. Missed you! So glad you're back! The bag turned out great despite all the pieces and being your first time. Bet she loved it!

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  6. Lucky recipient! Awesome job and I love the fabrics you chose!!

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  7. It came out great! I love the fabric you chose. So glad you're back!

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  8. never sewn a bag before and it looked that great!? i hope i have that luck when i try a project like this! :) it's soo cute!

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  9. So cute, Jenny! And I actually find it refreshing that you go longer in between each of your blog posts. It reminds me that even craft bloggers have a life outside of crafting, too. :) Sometime I feel pressure to post like crazy throughout the week, but then I have to sit back and remember that it's fine...it can wait. :)

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  10. Wow! That's a seriously great looking bag! I love the fabrics you chose.

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  11. She's so lucky! I love the bag and the fabric choices you picked. What book is that from - I want it! I just started "sewing" so I'll need to build my skills but this is on my to-do list!

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  14. Love this bag! This looks amazing! You make me wish I could sew!!

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  15. It turned out so cute! I love the fabrics you choose. The second one you make will be easier, I promise. :) great job.
    sharon

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