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The Garden Pat Handbag.

Added Nov 7, 2011

by Andrea Deles...

Hollywood, Calif...






I made this Handbag as a gift for my sister-in-law from fabric that belonged to my late Mother, Pat. The outer bag is upholstery fabric. My Mother had yards of it strewn about in her sunroom. She wanted to cover her dining room chairs with it. Now I am making handbags for the women in my family and dear friends as a limited edition remberance.

Material Notes

I did not add interfacing to the outer bag as the upholstery fabric has a lot of body. I did add a stiff interfacing to the lining. I made two pleats on each side of the bag as well as the lining to match which pulled the top in and made for a nice wide 6” squared bottom. I added an extremely stiff facing to the bottom of the outside of the lining for bottom support. I added some large interior pockets with vinyl trim, including two glasses pockets, phone pocket and large square pocket.

The handles were a challenge and took a lot of trial and error. I used one inch cotton piping and soft vinyl. I used the zipper foot and left oriented needle setting with a 16 needle to stitch the seams on the round handles. I gave myself about three inches on the right side and tops to help guide the material then clipped away. I could not find the 0-rings I wanted so I actually used curtain rod rings and they worked perfectly. I used small rivets to secure the handles to the O-rings which were attached to the body of the bag with simple two inch vinyl tabs.

I did all of this on my Singer Promise machine. I definitely challenged the machine with all the layers and vinyl, but it performed beautifully. I will note that my machine did not like super heavy duty thread. It bunched, tore even after changing needles. I used all purposed cotton thread and it worked well with the vinyl.




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    Jan 5, 2012, 12.41 PMby pinkgribble

    Your bag is lovely the material is soooooooooooo nice. Did you make the pattern yourself?

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      Jan 28, 2012, 12.41 AMby Andrea Delesdernier

      I did make the pattern. But really just charted dimensions and kept notes for the future. Thank you so much!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 06.32 PMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Beautiful fabric and beautiful bag. What a great idea and you did a nice job. I am sure it makes a sweet and cherish gift for those we receive it.

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      Nov 9, 2011, 06.35 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

      Thank you so much. It’s my first one so your feedback is great.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.48 AMby jennyrecorder

    A wonderful idea and a stunning bag in my favourite colour :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 01.08 AMby blackpearl05

    wow you did a great job on this and a nice way to remember your mom,,,,how sweet and touching story… not just a beautiful bag but a bag full of memories..

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    Nov 8, 2011, 12.58 AMby schnui

    I love your bag and I love the fabric. What a lovely way to remember your Mum. I am sure your other family members will be delighted with their bags that you are making for them.

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      Nov 9, 2011, 06.35 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

      My first detailed bag, so I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

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