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Well Traveled Bag – Finished

June 26, 2006

I am so happy with this. There are so many firsts with this bag. First time using Gentian violet as a yarn dye. First time lining a bag. First time putting grommets on anything. First time putting on a magnetic clasp.

I was going to take pictures as I went along my merry way with this bag, but really it was trial and error.

Error #1 was the first lining I sewed up was too small. I don't know how my measurements were off, but after closer realization, my bag was bigger than I had originally measure.

The second lining I sewed up was…of course…too big. I took in the seams of it by 1/4 inch on each seam and then it was just right. I felt like Goldilocks for a minute.

(Kind of like when I dyed it…first time (after fulling)…bad…second time, too red…third time, just right…)

I put the felted bag inside the inside out lining and then sewed around the top leaving about 3 inches open on the top. Boy, I could have used 5 inches. I had this "a ha" moment as I was wrestling a 1/4 inch thick felted bag through the tiny hole. Seams did rip, but in the end, it was okay. I admit I help my breath for a second.

What I then saw was wonderful purple bliss. I was so happy with the lining of the bag. I then had to go to Walmart to buy some of that plastic canvas stuff so I could fit the magnetic claps on to it, like this. I sewed the plastic canvas with some wool onto the inside of the felted bag, without popping out to the other side. It worked great and really is only enough for support.

Then, I top stitched around the top of the bag, closing the open seam. I used a long large knitting needle and some scissors to make holes along the side of the bag and then used grommets, the grommet tool, and a hammer to put in the grommets. This really was easier than it sounded. Of course, Tony had to do the hammer thing. You all know I can swing a hammer (I use to do some roofing jobs in college.) Just realize he felt he needed to be a part of that.

After the grommets, I cut the leather and braided it. Then, the little bag…I sewed ribbon to the top of the bag, making a casing and threaded another ribbon under it and added some beads to it, making it a little drawstring pouch.

This bag, though I really wish I could keep it, will be auctioned off on Friday at my mother's club to benefit the local children's crisis center. It will be done like a chinese auction, where people tickets and then they put their ticket with the item they want to win. Then there is a drawing for each item. So, the bag will not go for a specific dollar amount, but will still benefit the charity and I think that someone will really enjoy the bag. (Is it wrong for me to put my ticket to get drawn for the bag?)

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12 comments

  1. Looks fabulous! I am loving the purples!


  2. I love it. It turned out fantastic, even though you had a few mishaps along the way. Definately get a ticket for the raffle


  3. I love it, but I don’t know if I have it in me to line a bag-nice job!


  4. I looks fabulous!


  5. That turned out great. If you want to put a ticket down for this..go for it. It is still benefiting charity either way, right? I love the colors….I want one.


  6. Looks fabulous! And there’s nothing wrong putting your ticket down for the bag… you’d just be supporting the charity in two ways. 🙂


  7. Very Nice, Wendy! I am really impressed with your latest works, you really have a lot of talent! Put a ticket in for me too!


  8. Your bag is awesome!!!


  9. Wow! I’ve never seen a WTB lined! Yours looks great! What a clever idea. 🙂


  10. That’s an awesome bag!


  11. That is one great bag! Gorgeous colour and beautiful fabric for the lining – all round excellent job. 🙂


  12. help, I have a pattern for the well traveled bag, it does not give corners, as i understand it I just keep crocheting this really large square piece and then felt it and try to form it then what, it doesn’t make sense to me. please give me help.thank you,
    mona



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