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No Pattern Used: 0000 ( ) thumbsup - Type:Accessories    printable version
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Reviewed by:Handshake
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Posted on:12/11/13 3:06 PM
Project Photo:No Pattern Used: 0000 by Handshake

No Pattern Used: 0000 by Handshake  No Pattern Used: 0000 by Handshake  
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
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    Fabric:Cotton sateen with spandex  [See other projects in this fabric]
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    Pattern Description:
    Man Size Toiletry/Wash bag!

    Pattern Sizing:
    I used his previous toiletries bag as a pattern, with modifications.

    Fabric Used:
    Some shiny slightly stretchy fabric in my left-overs stash. I'm not sure what it is, so chose Cotton Sateen with Spandex from the list. It has no right/wrong side, is completely resistant to ironing, will therefore not hold a crease and is fairly unpleasant to work with. However, it does not fray!

    Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
    I re-used the zipper, made a cargo pocket (with flap) on the outside. Instead of constructing separate side and bottom panels, I made the exterior up like a tote bag, then sewed across the corners to create the rectangular bottom. (Box corner?) A thick piece of cardboard was cut to size and placed in, to stabilise the bag when in use.

    Making the plastic lining was somewhat of a challenge, but what is sewing without challenges? My first shot was using (cut up) thick plastic carrier bags, each seam sewn with tape over and underneath. That went fairly well, but it didn't fit the interior when nearly finished. The pockets were too deep anyway. Next day I started over with some thick plastic sheeting bought for pence in the DIY/Gardening Centre, some spare patterned cotton covered in the same plastic, and the pockets edged and bound with this pretty tape, only two pounds for five metres. I measured properly the second time around!

    Garish, huh? Well, Christmas is coming........

    Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
    Maybe. If I were making one of these for me, I'd make it much prettier with quilted patterned fabric for the exterior for a start!

    An interesting exercise off-piste in reconstructing something useful, which will be put into immediate use. He says he's really impressed.

    Under Rate This Pattern, I didn't know what to select. There is no pattern, and I didn't find it particularly easy, but who says sewing has to be easy?

    Total spend: about GBP 2.50: US$ 4.
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    SewLibra said...
    You are so clever to recycle the zip and figure out the plastic parts. Looks really good and for only $4? I like it!
    12/12/13 0:22 AM
    wendyrb said...
    I'm with your DH- really impressed. Good on you for soldiering on to a terrific and thrifty result. Like the interior shots.
    12/12/13 2:11 AM
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