A “2nd Helping” – Your Questions Answered from Episode 5 – The DIY Dish Basic Handbag

October 14th, 2010

Hello friends! The comments coming in after the “basic bag” webisode have been exciting! We love hearing of your enthusiasm for making something special for yourselves, friends, and family members. Someone had asked whether we really read every comment that is posted. Absolutely!

And we agree with all of you about Pat Bravo’s stunning fabric lines. Just lovely!

Just the way we like fabrics to be. 😉

OK, so to answer a few questions that have been coming in…

Q. Can sizes be changed on the bag?
A. Yes! The dimensions of the bag can easily be changed to make a smaller or larger bag. You could also change the length of the handle to make it fall just where you want it- under the arm, around the waist, etc.

Q. When you box out the corners, do you need to cut off the excess fabric?
A. Actually, on this bag we did not. However, you absolutely can. Just cut off excess, leaving an approximate 1/2″ seam allowance.

Q. Can I use an interfacing on this bag to make it sturdier?
A. On this particular bag, we chose not to use interfacing because we wanted to have a very relaxed look to the bag that nicely curved at the hip.

However, you may use an interfacing if you’d like. Our suggestion woud be to use a very light, iron-on interfacing as you will need to remember that at the end when sewing the pleated outside and inside of the bag together, it will be a lot bulkier to put through the sewing machine.

And would you believe that we have someone out there who has already finished the bag? Michelle added this photo to our Facebook page. What a woman! Talk about fast! She also mentioned that she was able to complete the bag in just over an hour, and that was while helping her children through their various morning activities!

Didn’t she do a great job? We’d love to see your photos as well! You can post both at our Facebook page as well as our Flickr group!

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  • Sandy
    October 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Love the bag! I cant find anything I like in my huge fabric stash, so I need to shop for just the right fabric, so I can make one for ME!!!

  • Shonda Hill
    October 16, 2010 at 3:52 am

    SO loved the “DIY Basic Bag”, I have forwarded it to a couple of people and my daughter (10 years old – beginning in sewing) loved it too. She actually took some of her money and we went to town today to pick up some of Amy Butler’s fabric from her “Love” collection, BEAUTIFUL!! She is going to make the bag out of that and some lime green corduroy. I’ll try to post when she finishes. Love making anything from night gowns to heirloom Easter dresses in nice fabrics.

  • Deborah Ocasio
    October 17, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I would love to make this bag! Is there a tutorial to make the flowers?

  • Judy
    October 18, 2010 at 3:16 am

    This bag seems to fit into my limited skill set so here goes!!!!

  • October 18, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Hi Deborah! We took torn strips of fabric – approximately 1” wide – and sewing a straight stitch down the middle of it while turning the strips to form a circle. We left all of the edges to fray. I hope that helps!
    Have fun making your new bags!

  • October 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Howdy! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new
    iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the superb work!

  • Mary Hill
    March 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Love the bags. Would you please explain in more depth how to complete the flowers on the bag.

    Thanks so much

    Mary Hill

    ps. is there a tutorial

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