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Thread: Grids & Grommets Bag

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    Have made several of these. First was made using Bali Pops Strips - love their color combination choices. The second bag is a WIP from my stash, a "someday" gift for a friend, put it up just to show anyone how it goes together.
    I don't exactly follow the pattern - found a few easier tricks that work for me.

    These are shower curtains grommets, available in 2 sizes & various colors. This is my shopping bag; havealso used it as a carry-on bag & take-along bag for projects.
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    ok what is your trick? I made one and it turned out a disaster. Love the look of the bag though.

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    Nice .

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    So pretty!

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    Very nice!

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    Nice bag. In picture #2 it looks like you sewed strips 'as you go' to the inside fabric??

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucsonquilter
    ok what is your trick? I made one and it turned out a disaster. Love the look of the bag though.
    Here are a few things I did that the directions did not mention:
    1) Layers - press Thermalam to wrong side of lining
    -* Press a layer of lightweight fusible interfacing
    to non-fusible side of Thermalam for extra body
    - sew 2 strips right-sides together 1/4 " seam down 1 length after centering 1st strip. Press to set seam, flip open, press & add next strip
    2) Strips- Begin with center strip & work out to each side - helps keep strips straight & even - on my 1st bag I began on a side edge & worked across - the strips ended up 'wavy' & crooked!
    3) Remove thin strip of Thermalam from each side edge after last strip has been sewn on so bag side seams aren't so bulky OR have strips & lining extend about 1/2 inch over each side edge of thermalam
    4) Make inside pockets wide enough so when you position them to sew you can SID pocket sides from outside of bag between 2 sewn strips & not have pocket stitching as visible from outside of bag, except across pocket bottom (another error on my 1st bag -every stitch of my pocket seams show)
    5) Place 1 small pocket inside near top for cell phone or car keys.
    6) Add Thermalam or any batting inside pocket for stability Quilt across/diagonal/ the pocket before sewing to bag if batting is not fused to the pocket itself.
    7) Use lighter color fabric for lining of bag so you're not looking into a dark hole searching for bag contents
    8) Make straps sturdy by adding layer of thermalam or batting before closing seams
    9)Finish top edge of bag by binding like any quilt or by turning top of bag in & hand-stitching
    10) I use plastic canvas sheet & cut to fit for inside base - 99 cents a sheet instead of expensive Timtex. Make a sleeve of the lining fabric, (or pieced scraps from outside of bag) for the plastic canvas; slip plastic in & stitch sleeve shut along open end. Can now be washed or removed when bag gets washed.
    11) Grommets - sew around the circle (template comes with
    grommets) before cutting out the hole
    - if grommet won't snap closed into place, may
    need to remove a bit more fabric closer to
    inside of circle edge
    12) Make sure when threading the strap through the grommets that loop of strap comes outside of bag in center of front & back, so it will close shut properly as you lift bag by straps.
    I've shown 5 or 6 others how to make these bags - better at demo than trying to write it all out here. I hope this helps a bit. Please let me know if you had specific problems & I'll try to address them for you.
    Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by QazyQltr
    Nice bag. In picture #2 it looks like you sewed strips 'as you go' to the inside fabric??
    Yes, the strips are sewn to layers - it is laid out like this:
    1) lining, right side down
    2) thermalam pressed to wrong side of lining
    3) lightweight fusible interfacing pressed to NONfusible side of thermalam (stability & easier to sew strips on)
    4) strips, starting in center & working out to each side.

    I like quilt-as-you-go projects!

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    Thanks so much. I think I will be brave and try it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucsonquilter
    ok what is your trick? I made one and it turned out a disaster. Love the look of the bag though.
    Did you have any issues with side seams or making the bottom of the bag - how to stitch across from inside to create base size you wanted? My 1st has different dimensions on each side of the base - I was not careful!

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    Great bag love the colors

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    Very nice work. Looks great!

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    love the color choices in both - crazy for batiks.

    Yes, yes, pleeeezzzzeeee tell us the tricks :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by twospoiledhuskies
    love the color choices in both - crazy for batiks.

    Yes, yes, pleeeezzzzeeee tell us the tricks :-D
    I can demo this much more easily than writing it out, but I'll try... Maybe someday I'll snap pics as I make another bag & post them if anyone wishes. See previous note above - listed already some of the things that worked for me. In addition - here are more ideas:
    * Variations in strip lengths does not matter - simply use rotary cutter & ruler to even out ends of strips after all are sewn on.
    * If strips & lining extend 1/2 inch beyond sides of batting, side seams will not be so bulky.
    * Sewing side seams - after inside pockets are first sewn in place:
    1) Fold length of bag in half right side out
    2) Sew 1/4" side seams - raw edge will show on outside of bag at this point.
    3) Turn bag inside out, so lining is outside.
    4) Stitch just over a 1/4" seam down the bag sides - you have now hidden the side raw edges.
    5) Check from right side - if any of raw edge is still showing on side seams, go back repeat step 4 with a smidge deeper seam.
    *Creating bag base -
    1) turn inside out. Fold so a point is made at base of one side seam. Center bottom of the side seam with middle of bag base & mark line across this - maybe 7" across for nice base of bag. You now have a big folded point at bottom of side seam. I will try to post a drawing.
    2) Sew across drawn line & repeat for other side seam.
    3) Either cut off the big point you just made & zigzag raw edge, or fold in the points & tack in place to lining base to give bag more sturdy bottom. I've done it each way & it really doesn't matter. BTW, my friends said the bag should be called the "it-doesn't-matter bag" because I said that so many times as I was showing them how to make the bag.
    *Variations -
    1) sew all the strips diagonally on the batting for totally different effect.
    2) Add a wide (use batting in it) contrasting border around top edge before marking grommet placement.
    3) Use reversible pre-quilted fabric - no strips to cut & sew on, no batting to add.
    *Note of interest - there are 2 grommet bag patterns I have seen. I like "Grids & Grommets". The other tells you to cut out a section at the bottom of side seams that will then be sewn to create the bag base, but I prefer the way described above only because I don't know how to do the other way. :+)
    Too much info, but don't know how else to describe the process.
    Good luck! Jan
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