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The Anthropologie Inspired Bag-- DIY Project 2


GIVEAWAY TIME!!! Be sure you read to the end of the blog for your chance to win this Anthropologie inspired bag!



I am more than a little excited to show you all my project for this week, especially given the fact that earlier in the week, it seemed I had chosen a pretty impossible project.

It all started when I found a few cute Anthropologie inspired bags online. I thought, "Hey, these look easy enough! I could sew one of these for my weekly project." Immediately, a problem arose: I have no idea how to sew.



So Friday evening, I pulled my sewing machine out from the closet and spent three hours trying to figure out how to make the thread come out. I seriously was about to throw the bobbin case against the wall. I had NO idea how all of it was supposed to work, and teaching myself at 11 o'clock at night might not have been the best idea I've ever had. But then, with the help of my very smart husband, it finally started sewing stitches somewhere around 12:30. At this point, I was determined. I was going to figure this out, and I was going to do it before I went to sleep.

Well, sort of. I had some problems with the bobbin tension initially, and a super precious friend of mine from church who's a quilting genius helped me troubleshoot what might be causing--in my words--loopy threads on the bottom of the stitch. (Thanks Mrs. Linda!) After tightening the bobbin case and fiddling around with it, I was finally able to get it to work, and soon thereafter realized I love sewing.

Seriously, like--if you haven't tried sewing, you need to. If I can do it, and I had trouble even getting thread on the bobbin initially, then anyone can.

Here's a link the pattern I used. I diverted from it a bit... I made mine reversible (not intentionally at first--ha!) and I also didn't do the piping because that was too hard for my current skill level. Note that the original Anthro bag cost almost $500!!! My version cost somewhere around $5 because I found all of these fabrics on clearance.

http://www.thelittleappleseed.com/2011/03/anthro-knock-off-bag-with-printable.html

This is her bag in comparison with the Anthro one:




As it turns out, even the pleats were way easier than I expected. All you have to do is pin the material to create the pleat:



Here's my finished purse!



And the inside, which can be the outside if I flip it around...



Don't you just love Anthropologie stuff? I know I do, and a chance to make it at home is not only fun but also cost effective. I hope this encourages you to try the pattern yourself!

Because I had so much fun creating this bag, I decided to make another one to give away this week. So if you want to enter to win, just leave a comment letting me know what DIY projects you're hoping to create this year, or, if you're not crafty, let me know why you'd like the purse. I'll announce the winner Wednesday, so be sure to check back! Do leave your e-mail so I can contact you if you win. And spread the word that the contest is on!

One more look at the giveaway purse... I just can't wait to see who wins it!






12 comments:

  1. I am soooo impressed with you! Seriously, if you haven't sewn before...wow. Sewing isn't all that easy sometimes.

    I just bought a chest of drawers at Goodwill this weekend to redo. My husband took off the hardware and I have primed it. I'm going to pick up some paint after work today and paint it. Hopefully, I will have it ready to blog about on Wednesday. (I'm trying to decide if I want to ModPodge some scrapbook paper on the the drawer fronts.)

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    1. Sherrinda, I can't wait to see what your drawers look like! I love the idea o ModPodging some scrapbook paper on the front! Post pictures on Facebook so I can see how it turns out, okay? :)

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  2. I gave away my sewing machine years ago, Ashley -- and haven't missed it.
    I am craft-challenged, but I do know how to shop a sale!
    The bag you made is adorable -- and I applaud you for making not one, but two. And, yeah, you have a wonderful husband too!

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    1. Beth, I have a hard time believing you are craft challenged--you are always so adorable! But I do know what you mean about shopping a sale... amazing how much less effort... and how much cheaper it can be to get a good find. I love a good bargain myself! Maybe we can go bargain hunting together someday! :)

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  3. It's awesome, Ashley! Sewing is on my bucket list. Someday when I get a sewing machine that isn't 100 years old -- seriously! -- I want to try sewing again.

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    1. Cara, you would be SO good at sewing, with your organization skills and attention to detail. I'm so bad about skipping over steps because I get too excited about the final project. Let me know when you give it a try someday!

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  4. You are too cute!!

    Um yeah...I can't sew. Probably never will. Crafting just isn't one of my talents. I wish it was. I really do. But I've just decided I'm not good with that sort of thing and to admire my friends who are!

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    1. Aw, but Linds, you are always so cute! Maybe you just haven't found the right kind of craft yet! :D

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  5. Oh those bags are so cute.

    Yeah, like other commenters, I can't sew either. True story: We had to make laundry bags in a home ec-type class in high school. I sewed mine shut. A male foreign exchange student from Brazil fixed it for me and basically re-did my whole project. I'll always be grateful to that guy...but yeah, I'm not very crafty at all. That's why I like to surround myself with people who are and reap the benefits. Haha! :)

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    1. HA! Melissa, you crack me up. The question is... what happened to the guy? Sounds like a keeper! ;)

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  6. This bag is too cute! I'm loving your DIY projects so far; can't wait to see the rest. :)

    My DIY projects will probably be more home related. Joel and I literally gave all of our furniture away (except our bed) when we moved to Pennsylvania from Florida. We're looking to move out now, so I'm collecting new furniture from people and working with what Joel's parents have to spare. I might try my hand at renovating a dresser, making some pompoms, trying some of the million ways to use mason jars...basically doing projects to make our new living space into home!

    Oh, and I'd like to learn to crochet this year. Maybe I'll move to sewing after that. ;)

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    1. Aw, thanks Ash! I can't wait to see what you come up with. You're so good at that kind of stuff! And crocheting is easy. My grandmother taught me years ago, but I forgot everything except the chain stitch, then retaught myself using YouTube videos. You should give it a shot! It's very fun too. Much faster than knitting!

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