Friday, July 10, 2009

Computer Bag

Hello Friends,
In the last year or so I started selling some of the things I make. I thought it was a fun way to feed my fabric addiction. At first, I just wanted to sew whatever I felt like sewing at any given time--no pressure, no deadlines, no repeats if I chose not to. No special orders. Well at first that was fine. I made products A,B,C and people bought them if they wanted. Then I started getting requests like "Can you make product A in pink?" "Will you adapt product B to fit X?". Well, the last few items have been special orders that stretched my brain cells. My most current request was for a bag for a 10" notebook computer. Well, sewing takes up only about 20% of the time. 80% is fashioning the pattern. I was pleased with the results and my customer was too. She is a big Ohio State fan and wanted a red bag with a gray interior (OSU colors) On the inside, I made a pleated pocket with a zip top.


It expands to hold her mouse etc.




Interior shot

Ta Da! I was given free rein to design the bag however I wanted. Her only requests were colors and to include the OSU patch that she provided. I used a sturdy red twill fabric quilted onto fleece batting. Hard to see in the picture but I machine embroidered 2 rows of the word "BUCKEYES". Initially I was going to give her a velcro closure but decided on a toggle button. I think the silver button goes nicely with the silver "O" in the patch. I was so pleased at how it turned out, I wanted to share with you.

OK, back to saying "no special orders"....until the next time :-)

13 comments:

  1. aaack! i love it - you are so talented! wonderful job!

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  2. Awesome bag! I love how it's long and thin instead of short and fat. I think that will make it much easier to carry.

    Nice job!

    MGM

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  3. WOW...you'll be getting orders for these for sure!!!!!!!!! You know how rabid those buckeye fans are.

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  4. What a great design Rumi! I am sure once word gets around you will have orders pouring in:)

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  5. Yep I love the toggle button, it finishes it of nicely. You are very clever. Now if only i could sew.
    Linda

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  6. Terrific bag! Love the personalization too!

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  7. Wow, I am so jealous of your obvious SKILL. This is just too much. You've gone too far now with this bag. Brilliant. The pocket with the pleat for the mouse ...its all beautifully crafted. Jealous...I am just Jealous. :) RObin

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  8. Wow, that is one fantastic bag. No problem with special order for you. I know your customer is going to love that bag.

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  9. Great job Rumi! I think sometimes the custom orders are a good learning curve and encourage us to stretch ourselves. I find it's the same when I am making something for a different person's tastes too.

    Utterly fab job on the bag -the sewing is impecable.

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  10. Perfection Rumi. Such a great job. It is just perfection!

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  11. Rumi this is absolutely awesome! You did a terrific job!

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