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Boy bags

Postby Bunbun5 » November 1st, 2016, 5:07 pm

Here are a few pics of the boy bags, aka, the Retreat Bag from Emmaline patterns. It is a free PDF pattern. You do need to buy the wire frames but they are two dollars and change. I think the boys will like them.

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Re: Boy bags

Postby nana judy » November 1st, 2016, 5:57 pm

Bunny. These boy bags are wonderful. The boys are sure to love them.
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Re: Boy bags

Postby Bunbun5 » November 1st, 2016, 7:01 pm

Thanks, Judy. I tried to make the linings special so Zack got Harry Potter. Graham got airplanes. Jack's passion is skiing. All I could find were skiing penguins and snow men. So I made his a simple batik lining. All of the linings have a clear vinyl fused to them so they will be wipeable.
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Re: Boy bags

Postby jsm » November 2nd, 2016, 6:02 am

Those are fabulous, and unique linings make them so special!
They will love them!

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Re: Boy bags

Postby NancyF » November 2nd, 2016, 7:11 am

I can't believe you made those! They look so high end.

I love the linings.

You are so talented. Your attention to detail is amazing.

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Re: Boy bags

Postby niener » November 2nd, 2016, 10:54 am

Bunny, your boys are going to go nuts over these! They certainly do look very high end. What a treasure you are to figure all this stuff out and then share it with the rest of us!!! Bravo!
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Re: Boy bags

Postby Bunbun5 » November 2nd, 2016, 5:34 pm

Thanks, everyone. They truthfully are quite easy to make. The added vinyl coating added a bit more work but other than that These are a two hour project. Really. I would like to make some fabric ones for gifts as well. I just love having my stockpile of gifts in the closet when I need something. Here is a link. If you scroll down the page you will see lots of fabric retreat bags, pages and pages if you click the side arrow.
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Re: Boy bags

Postby nonie » November 3rd, 2016, 4:01 pm

What great bags. did you put vinyl on the outside fabric and the lining?
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Re: Boy bags

Postby nonie » November 4th, 2016, 2:07 pm

More questions:
Did you iron on the interfacing before the vinyl? or after? If I want to do a monogram about how do they measure finished?
Do they really need the wire frames?
and any other tip for making these. Since Seth will be traveling to New York I think this bag would be perfect.

Also I have some interfacing called "shirt fuse" for collars and cuffs, would that be to stiff?
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Re: Boy bags

Postby Bunbun5 » November 4th, 2016, 7:07 pm

The clear vinyl is fused only to the lining fabric, Nonie. I cut it so it was not in any seam allowances. The exterior is a faux leather, no vinyl added.

The interfacings were fused on with my steam press. The lining fabric is fused to interfacing before you fuse on the vinyl, very important. Here is a link on how I did it.

http://lasewist.blogspot.com/2016/10/boy-bags-begin.html

I think the wire frames are needed to give the effect of a real Dopp kit. I've seen them without. They are cute but they don't "curl" down at the sides like the ones with frames. A set of frames cost two dollars and change from Emmaline bags. Make sure you glue on the rubber tips.

It really is an easy pattern. Some people have used those waterproof fabric shower liners for lining. I don't know how they take the heat of fusing, just know that some have used them as they are waterproof. You could use just fabric as well.

Shirt fuse would be way to stiff. The lining is fused to Pellon SF101, available at the chains. It is woven and fusible. The faux leather was fused differently. The pattern specifies SF101 and also a layer of fusible fleece for the exterior fabric choice. I did that but I fused them to a piece of batiste. I then stitched the batiste to the exterior fabric, just like you would handle an underlining. It worked well.

The only thing I would do differently, and its just my taste, is cut the zipper one inch longer. This would add a half inch to each side which gives a little more to yank.

The pattern is free and you can get it from Emmaline so the two dollar frame doesn't seem such a bad deal when you consider that the pattern is free.

Once thing all these Indie bag makers do that I have used is fuse interfacing to the linings pieces. The Big Four never specify interfacing a lining. It makes a huge difference and looks so much better. Hope this helps and encourages.
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Re: Boy bags

Postby peacechick » November 5th, 2016, 11:08 am

I've considered interfacing the lining of my next bag. I'm thinking I'd want to use a lighter interfacing than I use for the bag itself, but the lining definitely needs a bit more body. Mine is a Big 4 pattern, and it doesn't specify to interface the lining, as you mentioned. LOVE your bags, especially the Harry Potter lining :)
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Re: Boy bags

Postby Bunbun5 » November 5th, 2016, 5:45 pm

Thanks, Vanessa. I find the SF101 perfect for cotton linings. Some, who like them heavier, use Decor Bond but I'm not a fan, at least for the linings. A lot of the interfacing is personal preference.
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Re: Boy bags

Postby grammynan » November 6th, 2016, 3:06 pm

WOW Bunny! Those bags are great!! Thanks for all the tips on doing them. The boys are going to love them for sure.

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Re: Boy bags

Postby ShirleyC » November 13th, 2016, 9:30 pm

All I can say is "WOW!" You just amaze me!
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Re: Boy bags

Postby angelalee511 » November 14th, 2016, 10:31 am

These are fantastic!! And so much better than store bought. What great gifts these will be!!
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