Monday, September 26, 2011

handkerchief bag

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when i got the fabric for gigi’s dress i wasn’t sure where i’d use the ant-printed one. but it was too perfect to pass up.

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it’s exactly what i thought of when i thought “picnic”.
so i used it to make a coordinating bag for her

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i wanted to make a little challenge for myself—i designed the pattern as one piece repeated 4x to create the body and lining of the bag:

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i call it “two bunnies in a box”

this piece, 4 times, plus a long strip for a boxing.
the sewing process is similar to making sandwiches.

what?
:)

you have to sandwich the boxing between two sides, and then sew {almost} all the way around, leaving only a small hole to turn it out…

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giving you this…

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one side down. (i put a little pocket inside, too)
then you sandwich your completed side, along with the opposite side of the boxing, with your other 2 pieces, and sew them {almost} all the way around:

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and turn that out to this:

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i stitched up the opening—adding in a little tag…

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and it’s done.
i used some handles i had…

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clearance! whoot!

and tied the ‘rabbit ears’ on…
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(nice tight knots for security. you could throw a couple stitches in them if you want to be extra safe)

and that’s it. easy peasy.

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although—matching the bag to the dress?

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ooohhh…tres gauche, mon cher… ;)

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although, i suppose we could give her a pass

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seeing as she was fashionable enough

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to wear different colored shoes
:)
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