Thursday, October 21, 2010

Conquering Mount Vesuvius and a bag Tut, yes!

Hi ya’ll – I’m Marlene from Stitchin By The Lake.  I told Madame Samm I’d write a blog post for her one day when she was having a giveaway, never dreaming she’d take me up on it!  Usually it’s my kids or my husband volunteering me for something and here I went and did it to myself!  But hey, I won the giveaway!  :)  So it was totally worth it, right?  Here’s the deal:
Some of my stash is stacked nice and neat 019
and some of it looks like this – Mount Vesuvius overflowing!
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Want to get rid of some of that volcano?  And do yourself a favor at the same time?  Several weeks ago I made a few bags like this one that I gave away recently:
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These just happen to be Glow-In-The-Dark Trick or Treat Bags for some beautiful, intelligent, perfect children I know.  (The fact that they’re my grandchildren has nothing to do with these facts.)  Make one in patriotic fabric, stick in the hamburger buns you volunteered to “make” for the neighbor’s cookout, give it to her as a hostess gift and you’re guaranteed an invitation to return.  Unless your husband tries to tell her husband how to cook the burgers and they get in a fight and your husband knocks over the grill and sets fire to the grass.  Then no bag will help.  Make a few in Christmas fabric, fill with candy, sit under the tree and instant gifts are ready for the friend who brings you a gift when you aren’t expecting it.  Think generosity ya’ll – your friends will love you for it.  Valentine’s Day fabric and those little heart candies that say sweet things – Thanksgiving and a fall candle – Easter and marshmallow peeps.  Now you’re getting the idea!
Here’s how you make them:  First cut two rectangles for the outside and two for the lining.  Pick a size, any size.  My big bag is 18 x 21 (you can cut one 18” WOF and get two rectangles the same size out of that cut.)  My little bags are about 10 x 14 because you can get 3 fronts out of one WOF.  Oops, an uneven number.  Easy…just do that twice and you have enough for three bags.  001
Out of the bag fabric cut a piece about 5” wide for the big bag or 3 1/2” wide for the small ones x WOF for the handles. Now iron on fusible fleece or fusible batting onto the bag and handle fabric.  If you don’t have fusible just spray glue it but you’ll need to do a little quilting on it in that case.  With the fusible I don’t quilt.  Unless I’m trying to be fancy and mostly I’m plain.  But if you’re giving it to a member of the Quilt Police you might want to think about quilting it.  Yes they do exist – I’m not a member.  Wasn’t invited. 
Iron the handles in half lengthwise just to give yourself a line to help you later.  Then fold both sides of that handle to that line you just ironed, fold again on that line and pin.002 003
Is that blurry or have my bifocals slipped down again?  Top stitch on both sides of the handle and cut it in half to make two handles.  Since you cut it the WOF each one will be about 21” long.
Sew your bags on 3 sides and your lining on 3 sides.  Except on your lining leave a space about 5 or 6” on one side unsewed. You’ll need it later for turning. You can make them short and fat or tall and skinny depending on the direction of your fabric.  For heaven’s sake if you have faces or animals on your fabric don’t let them end up sideways – choose short or tall based on the direction of the figures.  If you don’t you’ll forever be walking around with your head cocked to one side to be able to see your figures – you know, like a picture turned the wrong way!  And isn’t it nice to be able to just choose tall and skinny instead of short and fat and not just wish you were tall and skinny?  I’m forever wishing…oh well, you don’t want to hear that.
I box the bottom of my bags.  On the big bags I mark a square about 3” big and on the smaller ones about 2”.  You can use whatever you want to mark it because it won’t be seen.  Except lipstick.


Don’t use lipstick – it’s greasy and will soak through.  Ask me how I know???

I'm waiting....
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Pinch the two points and pull it out and sew across from one point to the other.  I know that makes no sense but just try it – you’ll see.
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Now pin your handles to the right side of the bag while it’s turned inside out…like this:
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If you want the handles to be shorter on a child’s bag, now is the time to shorten them a little.
Put your lining inside the bag right sides together and stitch all around the top.  
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Pull the bag through the unsewed part of the lining, push the lining down inside the bag and topstitch around the top of the bag.  Done!  016
Fabric used up, gifts for friends put aside for when you need them, it’s time for a pitcher of…..chai tea lattes!  You were thinking margaritas, admit it.

34 comments:

  1. Good Morning Marlene...I have to admit, if it was not sew early in the morn, a pomegranate martini would be more to my liking..but I will settle for a pomegranate tea and be entertained by your wit and great tutorial. lol I love mornings when I wake up to a chuckle and that my dear is what you brought me...Gosh if I was not managing this I still would be high on all the talent that comes through upon our screens..Neat heh? You manage to stitch me up every day with crazy happy smiles...it is one of those days..thanks to you. piece be with you, madame samm

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  2. Clever, indeed! Thanks! ~karen

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  3. Thank you, thank you! I am forever forgetting how to layer my bags so they turn correctly!! I'm saving this blog post FOREVER!! LOL!! :-)

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  4. Great Post! Thanks for an easy bag to make... and a good laugh too. Just love that 'Halloween' fabric.

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  5. Wow!! Thanks for the easy instructions for the bag. Great gift idea. Enjoyed your humor.

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  6. You sure make it sound easy...is it that easy?!? Sure would be a great stashbuster!

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  7. I need to make a bunch of these. I have a ton of Halloween fabric that was 'gifted' to me and I don't really like seasonal quilts. My son asked me yesterday for one of those plastic pumpkin trick or treat pails and I bet he would love a trick or treat bag made out of the Halloween fabric even better. I can make it really big to hold more candy and use up lots of fabric at the same time. He will never know the real reason for making the bag! Then, I can make several more to give to his friends! Just the inspiriation I needed this morning!
    thanks

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  8. My husband would love you forever if I actually got out my sewing machine and did this. SO cute! And easy.

    HOW DO YOU KNOW??? ;-)

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  9. Great Tut! I enjoyed your husband cookout terror story thouroughly! so funny. I created messenger bags for my daughter and her friends like this, but used some XL t-shirts for the front of the bag. She had four XL T-shirts that were vintage bands..she could not wear them as she is 5'1 and 110lbs..so this was a perfect solution, and her college friends all wanted one too! Have a great day, Christel

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  10. Thanks for the bag instructions, I am going to make one today for my GD. She will Love it. Definately will make some more also. Soooo cute and looks great

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  11. Very cute! I absolutely love that green eye fabric!!!

    All good ideas, Marlene.

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  12. Thanks so much for your instructions on how to make the bag. I'm the lucky winner of your bag and I can't wait for the postman to bring it around! Now I'll know how to make bags for my friends because I know they'll be coveting mine!

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  13. Fabulous post, thank you, Marlene! I could almost be persuaded to buy some seasonal fabric (used up all gifted to me by making DVD bags for teachers presents) and giving this a go!

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  14. Thanks so much for the tutorial. It is great to see what all everyone else is making.

    As for the humor...well...you made me smile this morning! Thanks again!

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  15. Busy making a witch costume for a little witch of my aquaintance and this will make a perfect accessory! Thanks Marlene!

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  16. Great post and great idea. Thanks!

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  17. I've made many of these bags, and always I am asked for more! I've made a size for my Bible study books, a size for Farmers Market goodies, a size for travel supplies, a size for hauling books, and a computer size, in addition to several different just plain purse sizes. I put many pockets on the inside, and one on the outside for cell phone or keys. Some I've made out of charm packs, some out of strips, and some from solid pieces of fabric.

    Fun post! You did well as guest blogger!

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  18. Thanks for the tutorial. I love those bags! And I loved your post today...you do have a way with words!

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  19. Great post! I love this idea and really need to make some of these. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. OK so I will ask, how do you know that lip stick is not good for marking? I am sure I can guess. LOL! Great bag tutorial.

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  21. I just love coming over here! The ideas I leave with are worth their weight in gold!

    Adorable bags!

    Xoxoxxx Ree

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  22. Did you mention drinks?! Caught my attention!! LOL
    Enjoyed your post!!!

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  23. I love bags! I made them for my kids and they had several for certain toys and books. Did the same with my grandson. We would even shop for new fabric for the next bag that would hold books or cars and trucks. :-) I enjoyed participating in a recent totebag swap and have ideas for several bag projects. So many ideas and always plenty of fabric to experiment with! LOL!

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  24. You made me laugh!!! Such a great post. Thanks for the tutorial!! Love it!

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  25. You can come post on my blog anytime. Entertaining, and a fun project too.

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  26. Great timing, I'll have to whip up a few for Halloween. Thanks for the post and fun photos!
    Happy Quilting,
    Heather

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  27. Great tutorial and wonderful idea for quick gifts! My stash is shrinking before my very eyes. Well done, Marlene!

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  28. great tutorial. Once you know how to make one it is so easy to a bunch like you did. I love your neatly stored stash.

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  29. I am with Shannon....the lipstick...what's the story..? lol
    psssstt no name

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  30. Fabulous tutorial...thank you for sharing. The bags look great. I laughed all the way through your post.

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  31. I loved your post Ms Blog guest poster! You made me smile again!

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  32. Marlene, love your bag and you always have great stories with every post. You need to write a book.

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  33. Great post and great ideal. I am going to try and me one for a reusabe bag when I go to the farmers market. I can use up some UGLY fabric, and toss it into the washer as needed.

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