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The BurdaStyle Talent Search 2011 Script

Look into the camera while speaking and follow the script in a conversational, friendly way. We are using the Serge the Charlie Bag tutorial. You can serge or zig zag stitch your bag, depending on what’s available to you. Please note, you should put your personal touch on the script and it does not have to be word for word. Good luck!

Please begin by introducing yourself with the following information:

Your name, your BurdaStyle name, where you live, your occupation, and how long you have been sewing.

Then, proceed with the script:

1. I am going to show you how to make the very popular Charlie bag in seven simple steps.

2. At this point I have already cut out my 2 pieces for the bag. You can use a serger or a zig zag stitch for making this bag. I am going to use a _______.

3. First, sew the short ends of pouch. Fold, right sides facing, the short flap goes in between the two longer sides. Sew the pouch seams at 5/8 inch.

4. Now, serge or overlock all handle edges at 5/8 inch.

5. Sew handle tops together. Note that the handles of one side attach to eachother, not to the opposite side. Pinning before sewing can help you preview and make sure you are sewing the right sides together.

6. Sew the side seams at 5/8 inch.

7. Fold the bottom seam at the notches and sew at 5/8 inch.

8. Voila! You’ve got yourself a Charlie Bag!

The Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag pattern is free and available here


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    Jan 7, 2011, 05.44 PMby zuliblu

    Are we supposed to make the bag in the audition tape, or just say the lines?

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      Jan 7, 2011, 11.07 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi zuliblu,

      We’d like to see our future sewing star in action. The bag can be actually sewn and created or, the creation process can be “acted” out. We won’t be judging on the quality of the bag – it’s just a prop.

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    Jan 8, 2011, 11.43 PMby anne-marie-beard

    This is silly – you should have people submit something that shows actual sewing and/or design talent – otherwise – just call it the next “sewing spokesperson star”

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    Jan 10, 2011, 09.49 AMby gn0ssos

    It takes talent in multiple areas to have the exceptional ability to teach and create at the same time. I can’t knock it, because as much as I’d love a spot on PBS I honestly don’t think I could do it. Sewing technique of course I’m sure plays a big part, but you definitely have to have a good persona as well to be on TV!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 10.24 PMby pigsinpajamas

    Does it need to be all one take?

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    Jan 11, 2011, 10.52 PMby Barbara Audet

    I am going to try this—what fun.

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    Jan 12, 2011, 01.11 AMby sewjessi

    Is there a pattern somewhere or do we just make it up?

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      Jan 13, 2011, 09.50 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi sewjessi,

      The Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag pattern is free and available here!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 10.43 PMby shannonsharleen

    I am making this bag according to your script and it seems like a lot of steps are missing. Should other steps be included even though it would make it more than 7 steps?

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