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Thread: Do you use your bow tuck bags?

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    Senior Member Wendys Quilts's Avatar
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    I love the bow tuck bags. I've made a couple and am in the process of making another one. The two I have made, I gave a way.

    Just curious, do you like it with or without the zipper? And,if you use it without a zipper, does the contents fall out a lot?

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    I use mine everyday. I use a snap instead of the button and haven't had anything fall out, even when it becomes airborn by DD's tossing in in the back seat or when I slam on the breaks and it falls off the seat. :-D

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    I use mine a lot. No zipper and nothing lost yet. LOL

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    Lol that is good to know. What kind of snap,was it easy to put the snap on?

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    Every Day.....

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    PLEASE share photos if you have them. My friend just made one with Connecting Threads clearance fabric. I'm going to make one for myself. She's gotten MANY compliments. It's such a practical purse!

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    I use mine everyday and it is stuffed to the top and things don't fall out.

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    I use mine every day. I put a strip of velcro for a closure.

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    I use mine all the time and have not had any problem with things falling out except when I do slam on the brakes and have not closed the top. The first one I made I used the button and loop and when I carry it, I am not good about looping the loop over the button. I think that is a PAIN! The next one I made, I put a magnetic closure on. It is absolutely the best way to close the bag!

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    I use mine all the time. I don't like the button, so next time I may try a zipper or the metal tape measure trick.
    I am getting ready to modify the large one to a smaller one as I cannot afford the pattern. The metal tape measure is looking better and better. We shall see.

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    Here are a few of mine.

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    Wow! Thanks everyone.

    Katfish, your third bag, you made longer handles? I was thinking about doubling the length of the handles for mine too!

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    I use mine all the timme, but I don't like the button and loop.

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    I purchased my first one from a quilting guild...it is a tote and have used it lots...made one over a year ago and decided after I had it made that I really wanted a more secure closure...but, what? So it sits here.

    You will enjoy your tote/purse so much...each is unique and fun as you have noticed from the ones posted.

    Hoping to pick up a suggestion or two on the closures used.

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    I make them by the season --- a fall one, a Christmas one and a spring one. Didn't have time to make a summer one.....and I use them ALL the time (in season) :mrgreen: I didn't put in a zipper and nothing falls out. I used deco-bond which makes them "sit up" and I make sure they're sitting right so they don't fall over. :thumbup:

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    i use magnetic snaps in mine and no the items do not fall out.

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    I use mine every day - no problems with stuff falling out - but I do have a problem keeeping the stiff bottom in - I use foam core board then cover it with fabric - shove into the bottom - usually pretty tight - but I have a problem with change and loose stuff getting under the board - then pretty soon the board is at the top of the bag - I was thinking of using velcro to attach to the bottom - but curious if others have this problem....

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    I am in the process of making my first one. I put a zipper in but now that I look at picture and think about it I don't know how that will work since the ends get tucked in with the bows and my zipper goes from end to end. Hmmmmm I'm also having problems with the straps. Someone on here said how well it worked to use the no-roll waistband elastic in your straps. Well, it looked fine on the top but when I turned it over the elastic had pulled through the fabric and the thread is all messed up. So then I tried just making it with batting inside. The fabric started getting pushed up so I used my walking foot. It made teeny tiny stitches so I quit. People on here whip them out one after another and I can't even get one made!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    I use mine every day - no problems with stuff falling out - but I do have a problem keeeping the stiff bottom in - I use foam core board then cover it with fabric - shove into the bottom - usually pretty tight - but I have a problem with change and loose stuff getting under the board - then pretty soon the board is at the top of the bag - I was thinking of using velcro to attach to the bottom - but curious if others have this problem....
    I had that problem too. I use the plastic canvas or a plastic cutting mat and I place in between the lining and outside bag and then sew the hole shut so there is nothing for my change, keys, ect to get stuck under. I have even washed mine and the plastice canvas holds up really well in the washer & dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    I use mine every day - no problems with stuff falling out - but I do have a problem keeeping the stiff bottom in - I use foam core board then cover it with fabric - shove into the bottom - usually pretty tight - but I have a problem with change and loose stuff getting under the board - then pretty soon the board is at the top of the bag - I was thinking of using velcro to attach to the bottom - but curious if others have this problem....
    Just an FYI, if you will put the bottom 'board' in between the lining and bag, maybe using a bit of glue, it will stay in place...Mine has worked fine that way.. If you plan on washing it a lot, you mite use small button type velcro on ea corner and then can remove it.

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    I love mine, I use it everyday. Love all the pockets, everyone is filled with something. I used a snap, don't care for velcro. Using the metal tape trick is something to try.

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    Carry mine every day and love all those pockets. Have not lost anything yet. KatFish, where did you get that Army fabric, I must have some!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish
    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis
    I use mine every day - no problems with stuff falling out - but I do have a problem keeeping the stiff bottom in - I use foam core board then cover it with fabric - shove into the bottom - usually pretty tight - but I have a problem with change and loose stuff getting under the board - then pretty soon the board is at the top of the bag - I was thinking of using velcro to attach to the bottom - but curious if others have this problem....
    I had that problem too. I use the plastic canvas or a plastic cutting mat and I place in between the lining and outside bag and then sew the hole shut so there is nothing for my change, keys, ect to get stuck under. I have even washed mine and the plastice canvas holds up really well in the washer & dryer.
    GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    I was going to use one of the thin plastic cutting boards from IKEA in the bottom. Inserting it between the lining and the outside will definitely hold it in place!

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    These are awesome responses! Thank you ladies. I have all of my material cut out now and the batting. I am going to try and get it sewn up today. I have picked out red for the bottom, small red flowers for the top, red inside and the same small red flowers for the straps.

    Has anyone made the handles longer then what the design asks for?

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