16 November 2018

Zip bags


I have purchased some lovely bags from Max & Rosie which I showed on a previous post. I have always been fascinated with box bags and I thought I'd try my hand at one. WELL! They are much more difficult to make than you might have thought. I didn't want one with raveling seams exposed so I looked for instructions for a lined bag with both the outer and inner lining with no seams showing. You actually have to make two bags, finish each one then turn them inside out then lining in. Not so easy. It took me an entire day to make my first bag making a multitude of mistakes and ripping out countless stitches. 

The first mistake I made on this bag was putting in the blue zip I painted to match the indigo bag I had cut out; the pink zip laying on the work table ignored!!


I had to use a flash on this rainy and dark day and the vibrant colors are so washed out.

This is that fabulous fabric I made using the silk screens and thickened dye during the Maine Event.








Lining from some fabric I used to catch the dye under a project. Looks like watermelon.


As I've said many times, I am NOT an embroiderer. These are what I refer to as "crowbar stitches".

Thinks I will give it another try tomorrow.

Thanks for reading,
Beth

11 comments:

  1. I love it! The first one of any new project always seems to take longer, but bet if you made several you would have it down to a science in no time! Great way to show off your fabulous fabrics!

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    1. I got it down to less than 2 hours. They are coming up and I finally got a blue zipper into the indigo dyed bag!!!!!

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  2. Beth what a great bag. I love your fabrics and how well they adapt to this style bag. Hooray for you. Its a winner.

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    1. Thank you so much!!. The next two zip box bags are also my fabrics. You'll see them Monday

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  3. Your bag is adorable...i love the fabric and colors.

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    1. Thanks Carmina. I made the fabric as well.

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  4. Again, I say Yay for zip bags! Genius! I like your persistence!

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    1. Thanks Rita. I really do love these bags.

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  5. I love the boxed bag. Beautiful fabric and great design. Do you have any instructions/hints for those who might want to follow your lead?

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    1. There are a ton of box bag patterns free on the net. I liked mine best but can't find it. I cut my pieces 13 X 9 which was different than the instructions but I wanted a bag that wasn't inner and outer fabric with seams showing on the inside but with the inner and outer fabrics with seams all inside, hidden. THAT is a more difficult pattern to find.

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    2. email me and I'll send you the pattern I used.

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