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Simul-Sew-Two

Follow the White Bunny 6:05pm, 12 March 2008
Hi, has anyone got ideas for Simul-Sew-Two? I thought that maybe a (hand)bag would be a good idea. We all can use an extra bag! Or something which involves putting a zipper or a buttonhole in, because those are things I have avoided so far. I'm looking forward to hear what your ideas/preferences are and how we are going to decide on what to make...
sewnewbie 9 years ago
I would be up for a bag, some buttoning, some zipping, or a combination thereof! Maybe a bag with an internal zipper?

I have been scouring the internet for a good messenger-style diaper bag pattern, with no luck. And I was also looking for a crayon carry case -- I don't mean a crayon roll (also cute) but more like a cloth book (with handles to carry it) that opens up to crayon slots on one side and a pad of paper on the other. I have seen one in action, and it seemed easy enough to do, but alas, I haven't found a pattern.

Any other pattern suggestions? We have a ton of free tutorials on the free pattern thread. The bathmat looked cute, although quite elaborate. Also, I was into the tutorial for the wall pockets.

That said, I may be too busy, depending on the timing of Simul-Sew Two! In which case, you know I will be checking in on you hourly and cheering you along.

Talya
soja 9 years ago
I'd be interested in a bag, especially a messenger style bag, maybe with an internal zip?
crista_bumblebee 9 years ago
I would definitely like to do something with a zipper. I bought a zipper recently and it's just sitting on my desk, taunting me.
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disenadora 9 years ago
Hey guys! I think I figured out how to make a poll, hopefully it will work. I can't put one here as far as I know, so it's on my blog at:
turnandpress.typepad.com/turn_and_press/2008/03/please-ta...

I figured it might help if people could vote on the type of project they're interested in, and then we can so another vote on the specific pattern. That way we can at least narrow down our choices of free patterns, otherwise it might get a little overwhelming trying to choose - so many great patterns out there!

And please add your comments too, like the part about the zippers.
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disenadora 9 years ago
Hi again! OK, poll #2 is ready. Please vote on which pattern you'd like to make. I only put three choices to reduce the chance of a tie vote. I hope you like them. The poll is open until the end of this week at:

turnandpress.typepad.com/turn_and_press/2008/03/april-sim...
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disenadora 9 years ago
Hi again! The winner is the Un-Paper Bag from the purl bee, you can find the tutorial here: www.purlbee.com/the-un-paper-bag/. You can also buy the supplies through the website, but feel free to substitute, alter, and embellish as much or as little as you want. Looking forward to seeing everyone's bags!
sewnewbie 9 years ago
Yay, Karen! Thanks for organizing this -- I have to get my act in gear now and find some fabric. I know y'all out there will be jealous, but since our dear leader lives in the same city as me, we met up this weekend for some fabric shopping! Of course, I pooped out at some point and was unable to choose tote bag fabric, despite the moral support. Karen, it was fun hanging out, and I'll have to show you soon how that floral material -- I mean FABRIC -- turned out . . . the bunny is almost done!

t
funnymagic 9 years ago
Count me in on this one - I need a new tote bag for my knitting! Can't wait to get started and see what everyone else is doing.
GeorgiaMcDonald 9 years ago
Hooray! Great choice. I'll have to try and find some handles.
I'm kind of busy this month but of course I'm going to try to join you all. I think I'm not going to buy anything extra but use something from my stash.
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disenadora 9 years ago
Hi Talya! Can't wait to see the bunny. Hope you are enjoying your wristlet :)

I'm going to try to use stash fabrics as much as possible for this one too. Might jazz it up with some of my leftover scraps, we'll see how motivated I get.
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disenadora 9 years ago
Hey again everybody! I posted some tote bag inspiration images from etsy on my blog:

turnandpress.typepad.com/turn_and_press/2008/04/etsy-find...
sarahsreading [deleted] 9 years ago
Hello everyone, I'm going to try my hand at this. At least I hope so! I just got several new work projects to do, but I really need downtime. :)
NenaDePapa 9 years ago
HI EVERYODY !

I am going to participate, this will be my first simul-sew and I am really excited !

I hope to make it so nice !

Kisses
NenaDePapa 9 years ago
Excuse me but I think I didn´t understand ... we are going to make a simple tote bag ??
Hi Nena we are going to make the bag you find when you follow disendora's link above. It maybe simple for you to make, but for me it's quite a challenge! ( this is the 'Learning' to sew group after all) And if it's not challenging enough you can make it more challenging by adding stuff you are not that familiar with.
sewnewbie 9 years ago
Ok, does anyone need cheering or encouragement with their totes? I don't think I'll have time to make one, so I am offering my services as a cheerleader. If anyone has problems on the way and wants to post pictures, I'd be happy to chime in . . . although probably more with support than actual advice, since I'm usually the one with the crazy mid-project puzzlers.
aggieterpkatie 9 years ago
Hi everyone! I'm new here. I'm excited because I just bought some beautiful new fabric and I can't wait to use it! I've been making small bags from my own patterns, but I can't wait to try something a little bigger!
sewnewbie 9 years ago
Thanks for giving me a chance to cheer, Aggieterpkatie! Woo-hoo! (Anyway, welcome, can't wait to see what you come up with!)
has anyone started their simul-sew bag yet? I'm a bit busy at the moment but I will try to get started next week. (but not too busy to check my flickr groups haha) I would love to see any pics of half-finished projects too, so I can cheer together with sewnewbie at your bags-to-be!
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disenadora 9 years ago
Well, I finally picked my design at least! I just need some more interfacing - it says in the pattern to just use sew-in, but I feel like I need some fusible too, or the sides will be too saggy. What do you guys think? And I have to swing by Purl tonight to pick up my handles. Yay!
aggieterpkatie 9 years ago
Are we supposed to be making this already? I got a little side tracked. Do we have a timeline, or just start sewing?
Just start sewing! I think it was april-simul-sew-bag-month. But maybe there is a possibility we could extend it to may?
GeorgiaMcDonald 9 years ago
I haven't started either. I haven't even ordered the handles yet! I've been too busy trying to finish a quilt that I started for my daughter months ago....a lot of yelling and screaming at my sewing machine involved in this process.
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disenadora 9 years ago
I don't mind extending it a bit... I finally got all my fabrics together, but this is going to be a crazy busy week and I'm starting a new job next week, so I might be hard-pressed to finish by the end of April! Especially if I'm going to try a zipper pocket.
funnymagic 9 years ago
Hey there, I finished my bag! Blogged here: funnymagic.typepad.com.
soja 9 years ago
Congratulations!! To funnymagic on finishing your bag and disenadora on the new job!
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disenadora 9 years ago
Your bag is so great, funnymagic! I can't believe you did all that hand-embroidery. It came out really beautifully. What a fun design, too.

I am appliqueing a patchwork stripe down the middle of my tote bag, so I have one side of that done. It gave me some trouble because my patchwork was too bulky to fold the raw edges under, so I tried to use a zig-zag stitch. But instead of holding the fabric down, my zigzags just chewed it up! So the edges were all frayed out and useless. I ended up patchworking another strip of fabric onto each side, which I then folded under and edgestitched down. It probably looks better anyway, so just as well.

I am using linen for my bag exterior, and it is a huge pain to work with. I couldn't get it to straighten out so I could cut along the grain, and because it's linen, the grain is super obvious. And then when I cut, the edges of the fabric would immediately get all wonky, so my nice stright edge that I'd just cut was gone. I had to cut my pieces big, iron on some interfacing to stabilize it, and then cut it down to the right size. So there is a lot of fabric waste.

Has anyone else worked with linen and did you have this problem? I can't imagine how people make clothes out of it.
sewnewbie 9 years ago
Uh oh, I was going to use linen myself . . . but not if it's going to be that hard! I am so bad at cutting fabric as it is! Anyway, it will be at least a week before I start, so plenty of time to get all your advice!

t
My un-paperbag isn't finished but I posted a picture anyway because I've only have seen one finished bag so far. And I just wanted to let you all know: the bag is actually quite easy to make. I thought it would be a lot harder. So don't be intimidated by the long tutorial. For this un-paperbag I used cheap fabric, flimsy interfacing and not to accurate measurements and so far it's still looking good! Start sewing now everyone!
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disenadora 9 years ago
Lookin' good, s-l-y-b! Really fun fabric. Thanks for posting! I took a break from this project last weekend to make my first real skirt from Sew What! Skirts. It came out nice but it took all day because I kept having to readjust to get the measurements right.

By the way, everyone, I am SO dumb. I only just figured out that my fabric might not distort so much during pre-washing if I washed it on "delicate" instead of "regular." Duh! Hopefully this will make my projects go much easier in the future. I might even try linen again!
Yes, I've come in second with my Unpaper bag. (see Pool) Although I must admit it's a very minimalist bag. No zippers, no pockets etc...
Follow the White Bunny Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Follow the White Bunny (member) 9 years ago
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Because I couldn't find Heavy-duty template plastic I used some plastic from an unused shopping bag but for my second unpaperbag I bought 'Rationell Variera' (kitchendrawer mat) at Ikea. www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80012853
You get 1.5 metres of the stuff, enough for several bags I should think. It's not 'heavy-duty plastic' and probably more flexible but it's cheap and I think it also does the job!
p.s. I just tried it and have used two layers of this. It's pleasantly flexible and makes it boxy shaped at the same time!
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