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noelwright
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Date: 12/29/12 10:10 AM

I just bought this pattern: http://www.simplicity.com/p-6428-sew-simple-bag.aspx and was hoping someone on here has sewn it and can help me sort through my mess.

I am sooo confused! The pattern piece says to cut out 4 for the bag and 2 for the interfacing. It shows the cutting guide to cut on the fold, but no where on the pattern piece does it say to do that. I didn't. I cut out my material. I also somehow only cut out 4 pieces not 6. Also, I thought I knew what I was doing, only to have the whole thing look strange.

Can anyone help me?? I hope so!

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Date: 12/29/12 10:22 AM

Cute bag! If I had a nickel for every time I cut fabric instead of left it on the fold, I would have retired sooner! So don't worry; this stuff occurs.

First, on the pattern piece, do you see two arrows pointing to the edge where the fold is supposed to go? Or is there a thinner line there than what is on the other pattern pieces? That's the first indication.

Next, as to your booboo, I understand the piece that was to have been on the fold wraps around the bag, from the front to the back, right? Okay. Just sew a strip of fabric in where you cut, making one larger piece. Maybe something contrasting, and then you'll have a great designer touch. You'll have a slightly larger bag this way, but hey, we an all use some more room!

Finally, do you have enough fabric to cut out the two remaining pieces? If not, why not use some of the same contrasting fabric that you are going to use to piece the sides, for the extra pieces you need to cut.

This is going to be a really cute bag; I just know it! So "bring out the lemonade" from those "lemons"!

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Date: 12/29/12 10:32 AM

Usually on the pattern piece it says to cut on fold, but it doesn't. My problem is that the directions show sewing the pieces together as if I cut it the way I did. If I cut it on the fold, it will have two "humps" but I only have one. And for the interfacing if I cut it the way they say, it will have four humps and they are all connected together. Which is not what it shows for the sewing instructions.

I have enough material to cut two more pieces, but the instructions don't say anything about sewing them. It only talks about sewing the 4.

Like...

Sew one interfacing piece to the front of the bag. Then, sew the other interfacing to the back of the bag. Now sew the front and the back together. (which I think I sewed on backwards) then it says to sew on the velcro, but if I do that, then I can't turn it inside out right.

does anyone know of a tutorial where this bag is sewn or something similar? I am still sooo lost! the instructions are so hard to understand. Also, sometimes it says to sew the facing here or there, and other times it says to sew the interfacing here or there. is this one and the same? and where to sew the two extra pieces??

I sewed the handles closed like it said but when I tried to turn it inside out, one handle was on one side and the other was stuck on the other side, with no way to put the two together.

I just don't get where or how if it was cut on the fold, I'd have four ties instead of two.

help!?

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Date: 12/29/12 11:46 AM

Ohh I've made alot of purses and until you "get" how they are made, it sure is confusing!

Ok think about how you would make a purse? You want fabric right side out on the outside (bread for a sandwich?) -- the next layer is the meat that makes your purse hold up, the Interfacing.

Usually the lining is sewing just like you make the bag, then added later. That is the other "slice" of bread.

For me, looking at the photo of the bag helps when I cut the fabric and also trying to follow the direction that don't make sense. Can you see on the photo where you "think" they added the Velcro step and how it got to where it needs to be?

Ok I looked at the photo on the pattern -- it has 2 cuts of fabric that will be sewn to make up the front and 2 cuts that will be sewn for the back -- So you would Sew both front pieces together (right sides together, then sew both back pieces together (these 4 pieces are probably the same size cuts?)... Then you would sew the back and front to each other. That is where in the photo I see the side seams of the bag you are making. Does that help?

*Deep Breath* you can DO this We all begin just like this!

2 other suggestions - I like You-Tube because I am a very visual learner and need to SEE things versus reading how to. I often google You-Tube what I need to see being done. Try How to Sew a Purse and see what comes up if you need to "watch" to see how one would be put together.

Many purses I've made were from www.sew4home.com. I also like this website because they include tons of photo's with their instructions so you can "see" how the sandwich get's put together and such.

Really hope this helps and we see you posting your Finished Purse!

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Date: 12/29/12 11:55 AM

I don't have this pattern but have made bags like this. It should be easier to do than the directions are say. If I can't create pictures but here goes based on the picture of the bag from the website. It looks like you have two side pieces with the seam forming the front and back of the bag. The handle is part of the bag. Is that right? bag You have two pieces for the outside and two for the inside with the handles attached. I would probably use fuseable interfacing and iron it onto the inside pieces. Skip the velcro until the end. I am not sure what it means about the facing-the picture doesn't look like it has a facing. To start with, make two bags. Don't sew the bottoms of either. Sew the center front and center back seams. Put the bags right sides together-wrong sides out. Sew around the top of the bag and around the handles. Turn everything right side out including the handles through the bottom. Now you have attached the two bags sewn together at the top of the bag but the bottoms are open. Pull the inside bag out for a minute while you sew the bottom of the bag together (I would sew this twice). Now you have to sew the bottom lining bag together. You should be able to just pull it out of the bag and sew it shut- if you fold the ends inside then they won't show. Stuff the inside back into the bag. Then you can topstitch all around the way the picture shows (if you want to do so). This is an easy pattern to do all kinds of things down once you figure this out. I don't know if my explanation is helpful-I am a little confused about the facings? anyway HTH

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