Pattern with more than 5 reviews!
|Simplicity: 7161 (Soft Bags) - Type:Accessories|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
|Viewed 183 times
||17 more reviews|
Review rated Very Helpful
by 4 people
|Reviewed by:||Judy Kski|
|About Judy Kski |
|Member since: 10/26/08 |
|Reviews written: 65|
|Favored by: 6 people|
|patterns reviewed: 62|
|Posted on:||8/27/11 0:14 AM |
|Last Updated:||7/12/13 6:36 PM|
Simplicity Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
|See other patterns in this category: Accessories |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Related Links |
|Click on to add a link|
|7/12/13 UPDATE: I'm making the Pooh tote bag for DSIL for Christmas and entering it into the Fabric Stash Contest. My DSIL loves Winnie the Pooh so it will be perfect for her. |
Since I made the original custom sized tote bag, this is the third time I've actually used the pattern pieces. This time, I've added the inner pockets. Additionally, when topstitching the outer bag, I used two threads on top instead of just one as in the past. This created a well-defined stitching line that enhances the look of the bag.
Winnie the Pooh Tote Bag Lining & Inner Pockets
Pattern Description: Soft bags that come in four styles. I used Bag A as a basis for the tote I made, adding 5 5/8" to the length, 2 3/4" to the width and 4 1/2" to the height of the bag (top to bottom center seam). The dimensions of the new pattern piece were derived by measuring a single layer, mass produced "green" shopping bag from the Commissary. I used Kraft paper to create the bag pattern piece. The insert pattern pieces were drawn directly onto the remaining trigger lining with a water soluable marker since I was short on fabric. I plan to create a pattern piece for the next bag I make.
Pattern Sizing: Four different bag styles, each in a different size. Modify the size to suit your needs.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not quite. I changed the size of the bag to accommodate six, quart-size canning jars and added wrap around handles.
Original Custom-Sized Tote Bag
Tote Bag Lining and Insert
Totes made for Great Nephew & Niece XMAS 2012
Were the instructions easy to follow? I used the basic instructions and added steps 1. (a) and 1. (b) for the handles. I used a 1" polyester belting for the handles and found out that it was best to sew both sides on in the same direction. When I created the "X" at the top of the handle (for added strength) one inch from the top of the bag, the stitching was higher on one side than the other. To correct this error, I used directional sewing on the other handle. That took care of the crooked stitching.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern was exactly what I was looking for to create a beefy, lined tote bag with a layer of batting inside. I used Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to join the outer fabric to the batting. First, I covered the table with a drop cloth, then layed the batting on top of that, sprayed the batting with adhesive and gradually unrolled the fabric onto the batting from bottom to top. Then, I used a walking foot to sew the basting lines. Not only does this hold the batting in place while you're constructing the bag, it also forms the outline and foldlines for the bag. DO NOT skip this step. Just a word of advice: mark the foldlines on the lining piece as you will be joining the outer fabric and the lining together on all four corners in a 1/4" seam. It's much easier to mark with a water soluable marker in the flat BEFORE you sew everything together. Ask me how I know.....
I had no dislikes where this pattern is concerned.
Fabric Used: 100% cotton "Salsa Picante" pattern from LoriLynn Simms, Poplin lining and 1" polyester belting for straps/handles. All materials were purchased at Jo-Ann's for a total cost of $19.24.
Outer Fabric - 100% Cotton from Jo-Ann's
Lining: !00% Cotton Duck Cloth from Jo-Ann's
Straps: Cotton Belting from The Fabric Fairy
Total Cost: $8.92
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Enlarged the base pattern so it could be used to transport six, quart-size canning jars.
2. Changed the style of the handles from top seamline mounted to wrap around. This was to allow for the even distribution of the weight of the load.
3. Omitted the inner pockets.
4. Since I didn't have enough fabric left to use 1/2" seam allowances all the way around the insert pattern pieces, I used 1/4" SA's on three sides and 3/8" SA for the end that I left open. This worked out great since I would've had to trim the SA's to 1/4" anyway. After inserting the plastic canvas, the 3/8" SA at the opening allowed just enough room to pin and sew it closed with a scant 1/8" seamline. Talk about cutting it close!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Most of the time, DH needs two bags so I plan to make another one. The next one might just be a recycling project out of our old blue jeans.
This pattern has some great basic bags in it. I used it to get the bag I wanted in the end, with a few modifications along the way. It is a great starting point for anyone new to bag construction.
Conclusion: DH has been waiting for me to make him this tote so I decided it would make the perfect birthday gift. Although it took a LOT longer than I expected, I'm happy with the results and so is DH.
Great pattern as a basis to start with. Give it your own special modifications, add in a few embellishments here and there and you're on your way to making it your own!
<< Previous Next >>
Login to Add a Comment