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TraceyS/FL
Jul 2, 2010, 08:53 AM
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Carryacutebag?section_id=6938728

I had posted a link to these in the Muzzeto thread on a tangent. I had discovered them while hunting for a bag similar to the Vera Bradley Hipster but in a fabric i liked, which would be something to tide me over until i could save up for the Muzetto.

I've been "talking" with the owner of the shop, Julie, and she is more than willing to make any modifications you'd want. I originally thought that i'd want a longer flap similar to the Muzetto - but then i realized that i was trying to make a solution for 2 issues/bags. I want something to carry the iPad in that isn't my Timbuk2, but then also would like something like that that can also do some purse duties.

At the moment, i'm pondering a solution that combines the iPad Cozy and the iPhone cozy for the purse duties (I don't carry a wallet). I'm hoping Julie comes back with a cool way to attach them together so it is easy and then i could get a subdued iPad Cozy with a funky iPhone cozy and satisfy both sides of my brain! LOL!!

Also, note that she has more fabrics that what she is selling pre-made and has samples of on her BLOG (http://www.carryacutebag.blogspot.com/), so be sure to ask her if you don't see something you click with right away.

For me, this bag works better than all the other ones i looked at on Etsy. i'm not a big zipper person, so right away any with zippers on top got discarded. But if you haven't wanted Etsy looking at bags for the iPad - even the guys - do so, there are a huge variety of choices. Some really nice leather ones too!

So i'm not a customer yet of Carryacutebag, but i'm planning on it in the next couple of weeks and can say that I got a response to my initial inquiry on mods to the bag in a couple of hours (if that).



nixiemaiden
Jul 10, 2010, 11:18 PM
I got the bag I ordered from Janine King Designs and am kind of iffy about it. It is a very nice bag and beautiful but not really what I wanted.

http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.154291656.jpg

I have my iPad in a portfolio case and it is a very tight fit. I had to stretch it out a little without the case first. I'm too chicken to put stuff in the front pocket because of how tight the fit is. Not only that but the bag is so padded that I would feel weird using it as a handbag.

I think i might just say screw it and save up for the muzetto.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 11, 2010, 09:13 AM
Oh bummer :(

I see there isn't any pictures of the bag with the ipad in it or from the top - that might have helped.

I'm still pondering what i'm going to do - love how budget constraints make these types of things easier! LOL!!

I'm thinking my target of my birthday (Thanksgiving-ish) is going to be a bit ambitious for the Muzetto - considering i have Christmas to shop for too. I guess i need to figure out what i'm going to do for that huh?

Are you going to return the bag? You should if it doesn't fit well.

RoarinRow
Jul 11, 2010, 09:20 AM
I think we need to start a 'Help Tracy get a Muzetto' fund going! :D Can we get 200 people to PayPal Tracy a dollar each until her birthday?! Woo hoo!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 11, 2010, 10:27 AM
LOL!

Lord help me, i'm looking at SEWING PATTERNS.

I hate when i think i can be creative and sew. My 14yo sits back and laughs her behind at me because sewing stresses me out! :eek: Darn shame you can't make such a bag out of paper, i'm a whiz with paper and an exacto knife!

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2156-accessories.aspx

I think i'll drag her up to joann's - hmmm, maybe i can convince her to make one for herself first and I can watch and see how hard it would be.....

TraceyS/FL
Jul 11, 2010, 12:28 PM
OK, i ended up with a book instead of a pattern.

http://www.amazon.com/New-Handmade-Simple-Contemporary-Patchwork/dp/1564778770/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1278869025&sr=1-1

The New Handmade. i'm going to attempt to make the Bird Watching bag into what i need. If all else fails, there are some other patterns that da kid can make into bags for her and her sisters! LOL!! And new placemats... and new potholders! :D

nixiemaiden
Jul 11, 2010, 05:41 PM
I wish I could sew...I would definitely make my own.

I am not going to return it though...it isn't exactly what I wanted but I will still use it. Since it is such a perfect fit it is basically like a really padded sleeve case. I think over time the padding will wear down and it will be a little roomier.

I ended up buying this. http://www.briefcase.com/David-King-187-Vertical-Leather-Messenger-Bag-p/dk-187.htm

I really do like the muzetto but i was looking at the 13 inch one so I could use it interchangeably with my laptop...it is too expensive right now especially because i am not too crazy about the colors available...if they had a deep purple I would have that bag now. The David king bag looks like it will be able to hold both my iPad and laptop at the same time because it is thicker...And while it is a unisex bag I think the buckle on the front makes it slightly less masculine. Hopefully it will be enough to end my new obsession with bags lol. I am starting to feel like my biggest use of the iPad is looking up accessories to buy for my iPad haha.

IrishVixen
Jul 11, 2010, 06:15 PM
I wish I could sew...I would definitely make my own.

I am not going to return it though...it isn't exactly what I wanted but I will still use it. Since it is such a perfect fit it is basically like a really padded sleeve case. I think over time the padding will wear down and it will be a little roomier.

I ended up buying this. http://www.briefcase.com/David-King-187-Vertical-Leather-Messenger-Bag-p/dk-187.htm

I really do like the muzetto but i was looking at the 13 inch one so I could use it interchangeably with my laptop...it is too expensive right now especially because i am not too crazy about the colors available...if they had a deep purple I would have that bag now. The David king bag looks like it will be able to hold both my iPad and laptop at the same time because it is thicker...And while it is a unisex bag I think the buckle on the front makes it slightly less masculine. Hopefully it will be enough to end my new obsession with bags lol. I am starting to feel like my biggest use of the iPad is looking up accessories to buy for my iPad haha.

You mean there are other things I'm supposed to do with it?

Oh, right, look up iPhone accessories too! :D

I'm at three sleeves (two Etsy, one leather M-Edge), one case (MacAlly), and three different stands so far. Plus, as it turns out, the waterproof bag I've been using to read my Kindle in the tub is a perfect fit for the iPad--it's great for using the Epicurious and Betty Crocker apps in the kitchen. And yet, I still haven't found the perfect case, and I keep scouring the net hoping someone will bring it out soon!

Preferably in some fabulous colors... LOL

Tracey, that bag pattern looks cute. I hate sewing so much, I flunked it twice in jr. high, but I still labor regularly under the delusion of "I could make THAT!" Needless to say, I never actually get around to making anything, but one can dream, right?

TraceyS/FL
Jul 11, 2010, 06:36 PM
I wish I could sew...I would definitely make my own.

I am not going to return it though...it isn't exactly what I wanted but I will still use it. Since it is such a perfect fit it is basically like a really padded sleeve case. I think over time the padding will wear down and it will be a little roomier.

I ended up buying this. http://www.briefcase.com/David-King-187-Vertical-Leather-Messenger-Bag-p/dk-187.htm

I really do like the muzetto but i was looking at the 13 inch one so I could use it interchangeably with my laptop...it is too expensive right now especially because i am not too crazy about the colors available...if they had a deep purple I would have that bag now. The David king bag looks like it will be able to hold both my iPad and laptop at the same time because it is thicker...And while it is a unisex bag I think the buckle on the front makes it slightly less masculine. Hopefully it will be enough to end my new obsession with bags lol. I am starting to feel like my biggest use of the iPad is looking up accessories to buy for my iPad haha.
I like that one! Thankfully i don't need a bag for my laptop too - have that covered (Incase Sling) and my iPad would fit in there if need be. I can cram a boatload of stuff in that small bag. Even my portable printer! :D

Update when you get it!

You mean there are other things I'm supposed to do with it?

Oh, right, look up iPhone accessories too! :D

I'm at three sleeves (two Etsy, one leather M-Edge), one case (MacAlly), and three different stands so far. Plus, as it turns out, the waterproof bag I've been using to read my Kindle in the tub is a perfect fit for the iPad--it's great for using the Epicurious and Betty Crocker apps in the kitchen. And yet, I still haven't found the perfect case, and I keep scouring the net hoping someone will bring it out soon!

Preferably in some fabulous colors... LOL
LOL, thankfully i don't have an iPhone to need to shop for more accessories. i tend to take my time and normally am pretty happy with waiting. I'm not excited about my Speck Candyshell - but it is doing what i need and i haven't found anything else i want to spend any money on yet either. I'm hoping by the fall there will be a better selection out there!

Tracey, that bag pattern looks cute. I hate sewing so much, I flunked it twice in jr. high, but I still labor regularly under the delusion of "I could make THAT!" Needless to say, I never actually get around to making anything, but one can dream, right?
Oh too funny! I hate it, but aced it. It just stresses me out instead of relaxing me. I'm a scrapbooker - i can sit all day and play with paper and cut it out, but this fabric stuff. UGH. Yuck.

I've started on the practice bag for my youngest. Now my middle one wants one too - and the oldest tried to steal MY FABRIC. I guess i picked a decent pair of colors? I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow, it's overcast and trying to rain and DARK here.

I think i have the modifications to the inside i want to do figured out. The biggie will be how the bag feels when it is done, I'm not thinking it is going to be stiff enough for me, which will have me lining the whole thing maybe. I might have to practice on that 2nd one for the other kid if it comes to that! LOL!! Although, the interfacing i bought was supposed to be heavyweight, and it said that on the end, but it doesn't say that on the instructions. UGH.

This all would be easier if they hadn't lost my rotary mat ruler thing. Twerps.

Back to the kitchen and seeing what pieces i want to cut next. Front and back done and interfaced....

IrishVixen
Jul 11, 2010, 07:14 PM
Oh ugh...way easier with a rotary cutter and mat! Those things were a brilliant invention.

As far as stiffness goes--you could put some plastic embroidery canvas in between the lining and outer fabric if your interfacing isn't enough. One lady I know did that with a padded fabric sleeve she'd purchased for her Kindle. Another used the basic "fun foam" craft foam you can pick up at most craft or fabric stores. Neither option is very washable though.

Can't wait to see how it turns out!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 11, 2010, 08:35 PM
I had to stop cutting for the night. Seriously, I need the big plastic ruler!

The 6yo that will get this bag thinks it is going to be done in the morning, ha, she's nuts! I had her pick out the piece colors from the fabric we had. I had bought it with visions of sewing grandeur cheaply, 4 different ones that go together. She's tolerating it not being pink even.

Back to the actual bag making, I'm thinking that a layer of felt or flannel would work. I'm not sure though. I will have to sew the flap together and take it into Joanns and ask them. A perk of living in a retirement community, no lack of qualified seamstresses to offer help!

It's going to be too thick for me, the sides are 4", with 1/2" seam allowance and I don't want mine that thick. I was going to make hers smaller, but decided I needed to follow the pattern first! :o

My pondering tonight becomes what to line the one for the iPad with since I don't have a case with a cover. I should have looked at the flannel I guess, I know I don't have any here that will work. And how much space to leave for a future case change.....

I should have started this as a new thread, I guess I could change the title!

Ok, off to play a game or 2 of solitaire!

nixiemaiden
Jul 12, 2010, 07:14 AM
How would you rate your sewing skills? Would that book be for someone who doesn't really know how to sew? About 15 years ago in home ec I had to sew a bean bag...that is my sewing experience. However, I would absolutely love to learn to sew. The problem is that sewing things like bean bags is really boring. Would that book be good for someone like me? I figure maybe that and some really cheap fabric just to try it out...hmmm. I just know exactly what I want in a bag and haven't been able to find it anywhere so to make my own would be hot!

And for your bag I would probably do it similar to how laptop bags are where they put a padded area in for the laptop. It feels like it is just a piece of foam with some material over it. It would be cool if the inserts were removable so if you want to use the bag without anything that needs extra protection you don't have to have the foam in there.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 12, 2010, 09:35 AM
How would you rate your sewing skills? Would that book be for someone who doesn't really know how to sew? About 15 years ago in home ec I had to sew a bean bag...that is my sewing experience. However, I would absolutely love to learn to sew. The problem is that sewing things like bean bags is really boring. Would that book be good for someone like me? I figure maybe that and some really cheap fabric just to try it out...hmmm. I just know exactly what I want in a bag and haven't been able to find it anywhere so to make my own would be hot!

And for your bag I would probably do it similar to how laptop bags are where they put a padded area in for the laptop. It feels like it is just a piece of foam with some material over it. It would be cool if the inserts were removable so if you want to use the bag without anything that needs extra protection you don't have to have the foam in there.
More on this later.

But hey, i'm ready to SEW something. Only, the cord to the machine has gone MIA. HMPH.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 12, 2010, 11:29 AM
Cord was located, not after the teen in the house had to um, clean some in her room!

I have the tube that is the outside sewn and ready for the bottom to go on, that will happen after lunch.

This is the first time I've sewn with something lined with interfacing everywhere, I could decided EVERYTHINg needs it! wow, it makes it soooo much easier to sew.

I added the felt to the flap and i think the weight is going to be just right on it, but i will see when I'm done. I'm not going to make it to joann's today to get stiffer interfacing for the bottom, so i think I'm going to try some felt on it on the liner to give it some bulk. I have felt coming out my ears around here so its a cheap trial.

Ok, lunch then back at it before i have to leave at 2.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 12, 2010, 05:25 PM
Oh my gosh, it looks like a BAG!! I did it!!!!!!

OK, it needs the strap, but i'm soooo excited!!! Off to unload the pictures!

(oh, and that 6" hole in the lining where you turn it right side out, must sew that up! LOL!!)

TraceyS/FL
Jul 12, 2010, 07:46 PM
OK, strap is on, the hole is sewn (almost forgot) and the 6yo is very happy!!

I'm also very happy i made the practice bag. I have a few things that I will need to change for mine, and I have a better feel for how i might want to make it cozy for the iPad. I'll work on that tomorrow since it is my big waiting room day!

But this is going to work well for what I wanted!!! :D

Here are some pics before the strap, and then of the brown fabric i chose for mine along with the accent/pocket fabric.

IrishVixen
Jul 12, 2010, 07:51 PM
Wow. Looks great! Are you going to do a separate pocket or additional padding on yours for the iPad?

TraceyS/FL
Jul 12, 2010, 08:07 PM
Wow. Looks great! Are you going to do a separate pocket or additional padding on yours for the iPad?

Yup, I just needed to get a feel for the size as it was in the pattern, and how it all goes together.

This is 3" deep, and I thought it would be too much, but with two pockets it would work. So some thinking on my part about all of that and how to put it all together.

The first thing that changes is the interfacing, it isn't stiff enough on the sides at all. I had added a layer of felt on the bottom and that worked well, so I might do that for mine on the sides somehow. I'm also not going to sew the strap on mine, but use something like the bag I posted in the first post.

Back to the ipad pocket. I could also make the iPad pocket more like a sleeve that would come in and out (Velcro?). Then it could be slightly more universal in use, and wouldn't be 500 layers to sew thru. I will think about it before I start. My 11yo wasn't happy to hear she had to wait for hers until mine was done, so I might get another practice one in there.

I just need to ponder it all!

nixiemaiden
Jul 12, 2010, 08:08 PM
That looks amazing! Are you sewing by hand or using a machine? If machine what kind? That with a cellphone pocket on the side that closes is like exactly what I want.

nixiemaiden
Jul 12, 2010, 08:18 PM
Don't do Velcro on the bottom of the bag...it is a pain. One of my purses has it and it gets so stuck of other stuff and isn't very reliable. It was there for this thing that holds all of my cards...i ended up pulling it out and leave everything loose when i use that purse.

I was thinking it would be cool to make a padded matching sleeve case type of thing. No zippers or closures...open on the top...or maybe a small flap over...

That way you wouldn't have to worry about small loose stuff sliding into the ipad compartment either.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 12, 2010, 08:24 PM
That looks amazing! Are you sewing by hand or using a machine? If machine what kind? That with a cellphone pocket on the side that closes is like exactly what I want.

Machine, it's a Brother cs-5000, er, or 6000. I should know, I had to download the manual again for it today. I love the machine, which is odd coming from someone that hates to sew! You can use it without a foot, much easier for me that way. We got it at walmart when the singer my MIL bought my daughter died under warranty. The bobbin threading is wonky at the moment, but I saw a piece of thread that shouldn't be there and I'm wondering if the little helper in the house.... Helped.

I left off the cell phone pocket on this one. It goes on the side, no flap though. I was tired if cutting small pieces and fighting the rotary trimmer that needs a new blade. Besides, the 6yo doesn't have one! She's asked where her buckle is, and why there isn't another pocket on the outside for curious George. Give it up kid! Lol!

I will send you the email tomorrow, I crawled into bed already since I have to get up early, and haven't been sleeping much lately.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 12, 2010, 08:32 PM
Don't do Velcro on the bottom of the bag...it is a pain. One of my purses has it and it gets so stuck of other stuff and isn't very reliable. It was there for this thing that holds all of my cards...i ended up pulling it out and leave everything loose when i use that purse.

I was thinking it would be cool to make a padded matching sleeve case type of thing. No zippers or closures...open on the top...or maybe a small flap over...

That way you wouldn't have to worry about small loose stuff sliding into the ipad compartment either.

I would probably just put the soft side of the velcro on the back wall of the bag. Just to keep it from moving forward. I guess I should ponder if I want a spot for my bt keyboard and such. I wonder if the kid will let me try out various things with it come morning?

I could do a sleeve with batting. I might have some even, & I have gobs of this fabric left. I will check in the morning.

Ok, must try to sleep!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 13, 2010, 08:07 AM
I found some batting, so i'm going to take my tape measure with me and figure out sizes for a sleeve. The batting isn't the greatest, so i think i will have to almost triple it to get it how thick i'd want it.

Soooo much i want to do while sitting at speech therapy for 2 hours... wonder what will actually happen? :p

nixiemaiden
Jul 13, 2010, 07:11 PM
Awesome post some pics! I think my first experiment if I decide I want to learn to sew will be a cellphone cozy. I didn't know what batting was until last night when i was looking up patterns :/ this should be fun!!!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 13, 2010, 07:28 PM
Lol! Sometimes bigger stuff is easier than smaller stuff, so don't get frustrated and hey, check your local joann's to see if they have the sewing 101 class!

I'm about ready to fall asleep. Despite my vision of going to sleep early last night, insomnia kicked in and i was awake until about 1 and then 6am came wayyyyyy too early :o

I shall hurt myself attempting anything that requires a brain tonight, so it all has to wait until tomorrow. I did figure out that the batting i have is going to need three layers to get what I'd want thickness wise. I have a plan for the sleeve... Except i can't think thru how the heck to sew it right now! LOL!

There is a phone pouch in the book too!

Oh and, i measured during speech, then talked to my lawyer. Didn't get much done but spend money apparently.

But the other parents thought the bag looked awesome! LOL!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 14, 2010, 09:46 AM
Repeat after me:

"the seam ripper is your friend"

HMPH. Apparently, in my haste to sew the sleeve up before taking my daughter to camp.... i layered the parts in the wrong order. Which was what i was having difficult wrapping my brain around last night.

I think it is clear now - the caffeine must have kicked in! LOL!!

*********

ETA:

I am very thankful that sleeve EXPERIMENT #1 was made out of scrap material we had laying around. Because, boy did i screw up trying to do this on my own!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 16, 2010, 11:09 AM
Another trip to joanns.

I have my samples for the other interfacing and found the liner fabric. I'm probably going to wait until my coupon is good on Sunday though to buy it. I did go ahead and buy the rotary cutter blade - should make cutting what i have easier!

I'm hoping to make some progress on my bag this weekend, but i'm not sure i'm up to attempting a sleeve again yet :D

TraceyS/FL
Jul 18, 2010, 05:20 PM
So the big coupon thing at joann's started today, so i have the rest of what i need to make my bag (or will by 9am). Well, minus the strap hooks that i want. I really really don't want to sew it on the bag. They don't have what i want though, so i'm pondering...

BUT, 2 new questions i have to ask myself.

1. Should i go ahead and narrow it an inch? I just can't decide - my daughter thinks that i'm going to have a hard time sewing it smaller. HMPH. This would leave the finished bag 2" deep.

2. I'm already adding an inch to the height of it, BUT, should i add another one so that i can fit the BT keyboard in there easily? I was going to end up with it 12". Hmmm, wait, that might work. I need to go out there and measure the kids and see where i will end up.

SOOOO, i need to sort these out before i start on it....

I did work out how i was going to do the inner padded area for the iPad. I bought some different batting today to try too, so i'm kinda thinking I will go play with that.

I made this the other night.....

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2009/08/how-to-make-your-own-laptop-sleeve.ars

Only notice they didn't put any padding - i think mine would fit if i took it out! LOL!! I can get it in with the Speck only about 3/4 of the way, it goes in tightly with it off. Either way, it's an inch too short.

Oops. Add more room for slop when you use batting in there.... Barbie might be getting another sleeping bag! :D

IrishVixen
Jul 18, 2010, 05:44 PM
As far as the BT keyboard goes, I believe the custom messenger bag I had made from an etsy vendor was 9"x12"x2" when all was said and done. I'll double check for you though. The keyboard fits perfectly in the larger main compartment, the iPad has its own narrow pocket to the rear. No padding on this one, just wool lined with canvas, so the iPad is in an M-Edge leather sleeve or the MacAlly case when I toss it in there. I'm thinking I'll make a sleeve for the keyboard anyway, since I usually have my folding stand in there as well, and I don't want them scratching each other.

And surely I can manage a simple sleeve, right? LOL

Edit: I was right, 9"x12"x2" was the final size ordered. Here's the link to her basic one for ideas:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/50437131/unisex-stash-ipad-netbook-messenger-bag

She's got two slim pockets (no gussets) on the outside, and three more plus the ipad "pocket" on the inside. With this size, I can have both the ipad and keyboard in there, and even the Kindle if I so choose...though it starts to get heavy at that point. Typically, I'm carrying it with the ipad, keyboard, folding stand, iphone, and a cable or two. It makes a pretty decent carrying bag at this size.

I went with horizontal versus vertical orientation because I didn't want to end up either piling things on top of one another, or having the bag somewhat off balance with the difference in width between the keyboard held vertically and the iPad held the same way. But that's all a matter of preference. I do generally like vertical bags overall better than horizontal ones, especially when you start getting wider than about 10 inches.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 19, 2010, 07:41 PM
I would like to check in and say... My teenager just told me I was nuts as she stole the apple stickers i was using for a template.

Hmph.

Back to being nuts, hopefully i will have something worth showing a picture of tomorrow! I made a paper size tester at lunch today, she told me i was nuts then too! LOL!

nixiemaiden
Jul 19, 2010, 08:01 PM
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2009/08/how-to-make-your-own-laptop-sleeve.ars


I am going to attempt this over the weekend just for fun and if it doesn't go too horribly I might get a sewing machine. I want to sew other stuff too.

I got my bag and it is almost perfect. The leather is really nice but the lining is total crap. It looks fantastic though. The only thing that sucks is right now it fits my work laptop (15" screen) and iPad perfectly with everything else I need. And now I am told that I am getting "upgraded" to one with a 17 inch screen...yea that won't fit. My laptop is a pos and crashes all the time but I think I prefer that so I can carry my sexy bag lol.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 19, 2010, 09:14 PM
OK..... here is the picture. I'm going to bed and hope to recover my brain while i sleep! :eek:

In "quilting" the pocket for the bag.... i decided to um, embellish it a bit. Which involved another trip to Joann's for a disappearing ink pen. The lady that checked me out said, "I thought you told me yesterday you weren't coming back for WEEKS."

HMPH.

IrishVixen
Jul 19, 2010, 09:30 PM
OK..... here is the picture. I'm going to bed and hope to recover my brain while i sleep! :eek:

In "quilting" the pocket for the bag.... i decided to um, embellish it a bit. Which involved another trip to Joann's for a disappearing ink pen. The lady that checked me out said, "I thought you told me yesterday you weren't coming back for WEEKS."

HMPH.

LOL! I'd be looking for another cashier to check you out from now on!

What a cute idea with the Apple though. Can't wait to see how it turns out. What did you decide on dimensions? And did you find the hardware you wanted yet?

TraceyS/FL
Jul 19, 2010, 09:38 PM
She was laughing at/with me though! She cut my fabric for me yesterday.

Of course, it was the second trip of the day!

Nope, haven't found the hardware. If I can't find what I want locally I'm going to go with plan C. I need to go to michaels I think, but ours isn't open yet.

Dimension wise I stuck with my original plan of 11" tall. I think. I haven't cut any of that yet. I do think I'm going to narrow it an inch though, i'll know more in the morning when I can stand to look at the apple thing wrapped around my iPad!

Nixiemaiden - I'm not sure I'd attempt that buy hand! My finger tips couldn't take all the poking :D I should throw you my machine so I won't keep at these hair brained ideas I keep coming up with! :p

Ok, night all, tomorrow is the crazy day for me. I hate Tuesdays!

nixiemaiden
Jul 20, 2010, 08:24 AM
You have all kinds of fancy sewing tools! I don't even have a needle and thread lol!! Oh boy this is going to be fun. Ok so I don't really have any Joann's near near me. The closest one is 30 minutes away and doesn't have any classes. There is one that is like an hour away from me that does offer classes but it doesn't say how much they cost! It is only giving prices for the cricut classes...are they expensive? I don't want to call because that would be too easy but I don't want to drive down there if it is ridiculous.

There is a Michael's near me but I don't think they sell fabric. I think wal-mart MIGHT sell fabric but for just testing out I'm sure wal-marts clearance fabric would be fine. They might have a cheap beginners sewing machine too. I don't want to spend a lot because I don't really need anything fancy.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 20, 2010, 09:26 AM
Did i tell you to go to iBookstore and download the sample of the sewing book? :D you get the part on tools though, so that might help sort it out.

I don't think i have the price list for my store or I'd check for you. The store by y ou might have someone they recommend for lessons too.

One thing too is don't discount checking at a quilt/sewing machine store. I almost bought ours there for the same price as the one at walmart, but it would have come with free help forever and a few lessons even. They sell used ones too, so there might be a bargain to be had that someone traded in.

I ended up not going with it only because the kids wanted some fancy stitch, and i wanted to spend the $100 gift card I had at Wal mart.

Go sign up online for the joann's flyers though, they send you coupons! Right now is the coupon commotion sale, so there are 40% off coupons up the wazoo. They normally can't be used on machines though, but it is great for fabric and other stuff.

And yes, the cheap walmart fabric will be a good start. That first bag I made was with fabric I got at WM. We have only had a joann's for about a year now.

One thing is, most ladies that sew are pretty helpful!! So don't be afraid to ask for help in the store, LOL!

It just got loud in here....

TraceyS/FL
Jul 20, 2010, 12:57 PM
I am really really torn on the depth thing.

I keep staring at the squares on my cutting mat.... i put the "pocket" part in my daughters bag.

Nothing is helping. I think i'm afraid to make it 2". I keep thinking that I will regret it - but yet my whole point was going for something "slim" and not something i can pile a bunch of stuff in. Putting it in her 3" bag didn't help because the sides are so flimsy on it you can't tell squat.

I guess the good news is, I can't move onto that step until after dinner, SO, i have a few more hours to think about it!

IrishVixen
Jul 20, 2010, 01:43 PM
Tracey--got some cardboard lying around? A box? Cut it to the final planned dimensions of your bag, tape it back together in a box shape so you now have a box the size of your bag. Start filling. You find what suits your needs pretty quickly that way.

I lucked out in that I had a 9x12x2 box at the time I was pondering the same thing, and I was able to use it to work out whether or not that size would work best for me. Sometimes, our imaginations aren't enough, and we need an approximation of the real thing to help us figure out what's going to work!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 20, 2010, 02:00 PM
Tracey--got some cardboard lying around? A box? Cut it to the final planned dimensions of your bag, tape it back together in a box shape so you now have a box the size of your bag. Start filling. You find what suits your needs pretty quickly that way.

I lucked out in that I had a 9x12x2 box at the time I was pondering the same thing, and I was able to use it to work out whether or not that size would work best for me. Sometimes, our imaginations aren't enough, and we need an approximation of the real thing to help us figure out what's going to work!

Bwahahahaha!

I started building one out of paper yesterday, which is how i got the plans for the pocket worked out. I could finish it later.

The problem is i have no clue what i'll put in it - it's not like a carry a purse now! Most of the time it is my DL & debit card in my pocket. I don't really have a wallet.... so therein lies my problem, trying to figure out what i MIGHT want to carry in it. UGH....

OK, i'll finish the paper one and see what I think. I'm sure the teen will laugh at me more! :D

I think i'm going to work on an idea for a pocket thing on the inside. I'm trying to not go back to joann's/walmart this week, but darn it, i need some elastic! LOL!

ETA: oh lord i hate when i go off on a tangent like this. OK, I think i'm going with 3 inches just because. But i'll see tonight when i work out my pocket/tangent!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 21, 2010, 01:27 PM
Size update.

I went with the 13" tall, which will turn out to be 12" with the seam allowance. It was a spur of the moment decision this morning.

I'm pretty sure i'm going with the 3" deep option, mainly because i keep looking at my power brick and thinking that if i put that in the 1" area then I'd be hard pressed to put anything else in there with it.

I did realize I had a problem and really do need some of the lighter weight interfacing I'm out of for the pockets on the outside. I'm going to finagle and see what have to make it work because I'm pretty sure i can't go buy more until late next week :(

But the liner is almost ready to put together. Well,the pocket area - the other 3 pieces are waiting on it! Im happy with the interior pockets i made last night though!!!

Ok, back to work before i have to go pick the kid up at camp.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 21, 2010, 07:17 PM
OK, liner is 99.9% put together - i couldn't get all the way in the corner with the machine in one spot, so i must wait for the kid to get home and hand sew it (never fear, it is just like 1/2" until i get to that big hole i had to leave to turn the thing right side out).

I have officially drawn blood today. Twice. I think in the same spot on the end of my thumb even. HMPH.

Here are some pictures of the liner as it sits. I'm done sewing tonight and probably until friday. I have to cut the outside pieces and sort out that strap thing. Those parts should all be easier than what i just finished. I hope.

I had rejected plan a on the pocket - i'd go with plan a the next time. Basically dividing the bottom into sections and just making it that way instead of what i did. I can explain that better at some other point if someone cares! LOL!!

It's kind of hard to take pictures of right now because the gap is under the interior pockets and so it wants to split open there and collapse.

All in all, it's about what i expected and thankfully you won't see my screw ups on the inside! :D

IrishVixen
Jul 21, 2010, 08:10 PM
I'm impressed with those pockets! No way I'd have the patience to deal with making those, and they look very well done! I'm of the opinion you can never have too many pockets in any bag a woman carries; there's always little bits of stuff that are best sorted out of the main compartment.

Looks like you're making good progress, can't wait to see the end result. :)

TraceyS/FL
Jul 22, 2010, 07:10 AM
I'm impressed with those pockets! No way I'd have the patience to deal with making those, and they look very well done! I'm of the opinion you can never have too many pockets in any bag a woman carries; there's always little bits of stuff that are best sorted out of the main compartment.

Looks like you're making good progress, can't wait to see the end result. :)

And my sewing project on the table has now become "evidence" in my divorce, pictures and all.... what a lovely morning it has been around here.

Not sure when i will be able to get it done, not sure when i get anymore time to myself to work on it. :(

TraceyS/FL
Jul 24, 2010, 07:27 AM
Apparently i am supposed to have the house to myself most of the day today - which means i can do as i choose and listen to what i want to! LOL!!

As soon as they actually leave the house i'm going to make another mess on the dining room table and cut the rest of my fabric and see what interfacing i need. I should be able to go get it with the change i have laying around and the 40% off coupon.

I still haven't sorted out exactly how i want to do the strap. Well, i know what i want and can't find the hardware locally, so i need to sort out "Plan B". There is a big (it appears anyway) bead shop up the road - i keep wondering if they might have the type of hardware i was looking for.... but i haven't been able to stop there with my kids in tow. Because, well, the 14 would be bead obsessed!

I'll be in Gainesville on Monday and they have a Michaels, so i might just hang loose and see what i find there.

Dunno, but I should have more pictures of SOMETHING to share by tonight! :D

TraceyS/FL
Jul 24, 2010, 12:54 PM
Plan B in effect for the strap - i bought D rings with my 40% off coupon and some change i had.

However, i just TRASHED the rotary cutter blade... the kids had misplaced my plastic quilt guide cutter thing to use on the edge of my mat... so i've been using my Basic Grey cutting mat and magnetic ruler. I slipped and the blade rolled down the ruler.... it cuts no more.

I tried to use a sharpener i have here to no avail :(

I'm not sure i'm up to cutting them all out with scissors..... i can cut 2 at the same time with the rotary and so it is fast AND they end up the same.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 24, 2010, 06:42 PM
OK, i used the scissors to but the pieces... and as of now, i'm DONE except the strap!!!

One screwup that might end up driving me crazy - the flap is on upside down. I wanted the batting on the outside and the stiff interfacing on the inside - well, that didn't work out because i was talking to the kids as I was putting it in and did it the wrong way.

I'm hoping the strap makes it so that you can't see the light inside as much as you can right now. I didn't end up using the ULTRA stiff interfacing on the sides and i'm happy - but they are a bit floppier still that i would like. I'm pretty sure if i have used the other stuff i would NOT have been able to turn it rightside out. As it was, wowza, that was so NOT easy.

But i'm happy with it - but will probably NEVER attempt one again with the padded pocket sewn in like this. Back to Plan A on that - make the padded sleeve and velcro it in on the back wall. All that padding is just too hard to work with on my machine.

I have to ponder the strap some more and hopefully will have an epiphany tonight on how to finish it up! :D

TraceyS/FL
Jul 24, 2010, 06:43 PM
2 more pics. The color is off on them, i toned down the red of the throw (because, it was better than the lime green flamingo sheet option :D) but did it a bit much i think. Oh well.... good enough for now!

IrishVixen
Jul 24, 2010, 07:22 PM
Neat! Have you tried putting everything in there? Satisfied with the size?

nixiemaiden
Jul 24, 2010, 07:32 PM
It looks awesome! That's it I'm buying a sewing machine. Maybe it will be a hobby I can stick too.

TraceyS/FL
Jul 24, 2010, 07:33 PM
Neat! Have you tried putting everything in there? Satisfied with the size?

Nope! I literally turned it right side out, turned off the sewing machine, came back here and took the pics and quit for the night! Lol!

I don't really have much to try in there though..... And i'm happy I didn't cut it an inch.

I'll try more in the morning in it though. I have to work on the seams, I wish I'd been able to find the pinking shears to trim some of them more. I was worried about making a big mess trimming much with the stiffer interfacing too.

I will dig up stuff to load it with tomorrow though!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 31, 2010, 10:05 AM
I just finished the strap.

Not that i attached it - but the actual strap is made! :D

I stuck out everywhere looking for hardware last week. Michaels & Hobby Lobby both said they had reduced the "purse" hardware section a few months prior. What I find funny about that is that our Joann's just reset that section and more than DOUBLED it is size.

I exchanged some d-rings yesterday..... guess what, i need the size i had. The problem is, i don't want to use D rings, i want a slim rectangle - which i can't find anywhere.

I found some clips and d-rings at a quilt shop, but i just can't make the 1" size work for me along with the black plastic. I'll keep them and use them for something else at some point, my oldest is planning a black bag i think so they might work for her (they were cheap too).

So back to joann's for the 2" D rings and then i should be able to attach that to the bag and be good to go. I hope!

Maybe i'll grab myself something for lunch while i'm out....

Either way, here is hoping i have COMPLETED pictures by this afternoon!!

TraceyS/FL
Jul 31, 2010, 01:27 PM
OK. It's on.

I don't like it, but it is on. I have to hand sew some of the parts because my machine just wasn't made to do what i was trying to do with it. I ended up attaching the strap in a different way than i had planned - so it ended up being too long.

oops! So i shortened it in a not so great manner (if i had a slide i could make it adjustable i think - so i might end up doing that) just to get it on while i sort it out.

No pictures yet.... I have to recover! LOL!! I'm probably not going to hand sew today either, so the pictures you get will be the rough look on the strap :)

Overall, i learned tons, and know what I would not do the next time. Plain straight bag with the iPad pocket velcro'd in is me. Or rather, my daughter who wants a bag still.... i'd like to make the next one out of home decor fabric if i can find something she likes. The weight of it will make parts of it easier to work with.

The other thing - no way are those people selling bags for enough money on Etsy. That $189 for the Muzzetto? CHEAP. Worth every penny because that is about what i feel MINE is worth given the time i have into it... :D

BUt hey, it obviously didn't go that bad.... i do want to make myself another one in some fun funky fabric! (which makes me wish i had made the ipad pocket removable - see, i'd only need one to move between bags!) Alas, that will have to wait until post-divorce probably....

I'll be back in a second to add the pictures. I just don't want to lose this post!

PIcs:

I shoved some stuff in it - the charger and keyboard. Some cards.... nothing exciting, but i don't really carry anything exciting either!

And I can't believe i'm posting this picture of myself. UGH. Back to the diet! Someone want to come fix my treadmill so i can start running again? I was 1/2 way thru Couch to 5K when it died :(

But for reference, i'm 5'5" and XYZ number of pounds. My Daughter is 5'1" and about 96#. The strap is wayyyy to long for her. But that is about where it hits me when i have it on my shoulder. I am going to attempt the adjustable thing I think - just will have to order the hardware i guess.