Thursday, December 3, 2009

Custom-ordered Make-up Bags

Even though this project wasn't for me, I still enjoyed it.  :)  A woman from church brought me a store-bought make-up bag and asked me to make one like it, but deeper.  She also wanted a flat, pencil case-type bag in the same fabric.


The bodies of both bags are interfaced and there is layer of batting in the boxy one.  I used a thicker cord than I usually do for the piping.  I think this helps the bag keep it's shape but the combination of the batting and heavier cord made it hard to get the piping to look good.  I had to stitch around the bag more than a couple times before I was satisfied. 


The bag on the left is the one I was copying.  I put the zipper in the center along the top rather than on the edge.  The pieces bordering the zipper do not have a layer of batting.  The zipper color isn't a great match for the bags.  I probably should have gone with pink, yellow, or off-white to compliment the dots in the fabric.


My daughter noted that the one I made would look much nicer with a zipper like the other one.  A giant pink bauble makes everything look nicer.

Now I think my sewing machine needs a bit of a tune up.  I should have brought it in awhile ago, but I've been babying it along for "just one more project" too many.  A good cleaning and tension adjustment would probably do it a lot of good.  There are some other non-sewing things I should be doing (has anyone told you that Christmas is coming?), so a forced break wouldn't be so bad.

5 comments:

  1. Those are so adorable! Great fabric, really nice job, and I'm very impressed by the piping on the sides.

    Susan

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  2. I think that thick piping looks great... Did you just draft the pattern yourself, or did you follow one? Nice work...

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  3. These look great. The piping detail looks very professional.

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  4. looks good, much better than the original.

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  5. Cute bag. I like the fabric.

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