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Old 02-01-2005, 02:33 AM   #1
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Is this a feasable way to make a bag?
OK, I've seen a really cute bag that I want to try to make instead of buy. For that reason, I'm not going to show the picture.

The bag is about 7.5 inches wide and about 11.5 high and has two upside down U shaped handles. It's striped with one main color and has a few contrasting color stripes on either side of the bag.

Could I just make a 7.5 inch by 23 inch rectangle, some I-cord handles, sew up the sides and sew on the handles instead of following a pattern?

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Old 02-01-2005, 02:55 AM   #2
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Heh, sounds like the way I sew... Only I do costuming, so it's usually more like... "So, can I just make this Victorian jacket back without pre-designed darts then sort of try it on and pin it myself (after self-strapping into a period Victorian corset - not fun) and fake the darts later?" Or... "I saw this garmet that looked like *this* and I think I can recreate that by doing this *entirely different* thing..."

I say, you've got the measurements, and you've got the picture in your head, all you've got to waste is time. Which will still give you learning experience (oh geeze, not another learning experience?!? I usually say that about life experiences...) if it doesn't work like you want... Just rip the stitches and try again.

If the bag is flat with handles, the "pattern" you've described sounds great. And you can alter the demensions as you want to make it larger or smaller. Or knit it too big in wool and felt it to give it a different texture and more sturdy construction.

My vote, knit on and give it a shot!
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Old 02-01-2005, 03:23 AM   #3
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I agree with yellowness! Just grab your yarn and some needles and have a go. But be sure to write stuff down as you do, then if it doesn't work you know where to change things, and if it does work, you can do it again and share the pattern!!

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