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From: kmccrea
Date: 02-28-2007, 08:23 PM (1 of 16)

This is something I did in my spare time. I used a strawberry print fabric which I had for awhile and modeled it on an Army utility bag. My SO would not let me take apart his surplus bag, but I managed to get some essential elements (like boxed pockets). I used craft fuse to make the bag able to stand up on its own. It has a lime green lining which coordinates with the leaves of the print very well.
I think the next one I make like this will have elastic in the top of the pockets. It is rather roomy and also the perfect shape for a lunch bag. That will give me the perfect excuse to buy some oilcloth and that lining which keeps things hot or cold (forgot name of product). Hmm...a cool lunch bag, so everyone will know it's mine.
Katherine McCrea
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From: esrun3
Date: 02-28-2007, 09:16 PM (2 of 16)
Very nice-love the fabric! It would make a great grab a bottle and run to the store bag too for mom's with babies-room for your stuff and a diaper or two and bottles on the outside.
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From: kmccrea
Date: 03-01-2007, 07:49 AM (3 of 16)
You're right! Either one of the side pockets are large enough for an 4 to 8 ounce bottle and the front pocket is a little larger than the other two. The whole thing measures 10 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 4 inches deep. There are no inside pockets in this one, but that can be changed on the next project. It is very roomy inside and one could probably pack baby necessities along with Mom's wallet and planner. The shoulder strap is long enough to carry the purse messenger style.
Thanks, now you've given me an idea for a baby shower gift for next month.
Katherine McCrea
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From: dmoses
Date: 03-01-2007, 08:18 AM (4 of 16)
Nice bag! :up: I'm inspired. :smile:

Did you use velcro for the closure?
Take care,
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Member since: 02-22-2002
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From: kmccrea
Date: 03-01-2007, 10:05 AM (5 of 16)
Hello, dmoses!
I used a hidden magnetic snap closure. It's sewn in between the lining and the outer fabric. I made little tiny stitches so that it's barely visible.
Katherine McCrea
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User: kmccrea
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From: Bruna
Date: 03-01-2007, 04:33 PM (6 of 16)
Gorgeous bag, Kate!
Regards, Bruna
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From: kmccrea
Date: 03-01-2007, 06:08 PM (7 of 16)
Thanks, Bruna
Katherine McCrea
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User: kmccrea
Member since: 05-07-2006
Total posts: 173
From: cshortsew
Date: 03-01-2007, 07:02 PM (8 of 16)
Very nice, I really like the fabric (I love strawberries).
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
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From: lendube
Date: 03-01-2007, 07:24 PM (9 of 16)
Craft fuse - that's a real good idea and use for it. I've used craft plastic canvas for the same purpose but it's just not sturdy enough.

Great bag!

Lennie :up:
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From: kmccrea
Date: 03-02-2007, 01:12 PM (10 of 16)
Hello, Lennie!
The craft fuse also preserves the project's washability (if that's even a word). The plastic canvas or cardboard does not. I also like Timtex or buckram in the bottom of my purses and it's not anything the sewing machines cannot handle.
What you're looking for is a very stiff interfacing that's not too thick for the body of the handbag or tote. I also used the craft fuse for my grocery bags and those things can hold a lot of groceries (weight) without any strain. The grocery totes also stand up by themselves, but are thin enough to fold and put away when not in use.
Katherine McCrea
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From: Bama
Date: 03-11-2007, 09:56 PM (11 of 16)
Very pretty. :up: I like the pockets.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-11-2007, 11:42 PM (12 of 16)
wow...VERY the berries too...:bg:
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From: smessier
Date: 03-12-2007, 12:57 PM (13 of 16)
I love the style of your purse! So cute.

I've never heard of craft fuse before. Is that the brand name? And where do you purchase it?

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From: kmccrea
Date: 03-13-2007, 06:51 PM (14 of 16)
Craft Fuse and Decor Fuse are both brand names and roughly the same thickness and application. I bought it at Joann's and it's sold like regular interfacing by the yard. I think you can get it at other fabric stores, too. What you would be looking for is a rather thick and stiff interfacing. It's not nearly as thick as Timtex or buckram, which offers a wider variety of application options. The bags I make with Craft Fuse stand up on their own and can be folded for storage.
Katherine McCrea
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User: kmccrea
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Total posts: 173
From: bobbinchick
Date: 03-22-2007, 02:36 PM (15 of 16)
:bg: your bag looks very similar to the one I made not too long ago. Here's a picture. I hope it will post as I'm a newbie here. Enjoy and have a great day, Huggies, Fay .... Sorry I can't get it to post, how do you resize the pictures for posting? :nc:
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Member since: 03-22-2007
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From: pinkroses
Date: 03-29-2007, 07:43 PM (16 of 16)
I love your purse. You know what, I collect pocketbook and purse patterns. and have only make one??
Wonder why?
I love that black with the bright colors your chose.
You are very talented. PINKROSES
I know I have a guradian angel watching over me. I am very gratefull. PINKROSES
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Member since: 11-30-2005
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