Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspired by Anthropologie v.1.0 - Mai Ogi Bag

When my Anthropologie catalog came last week, it included this gorgeous Mai Ogi bag.


Before you rush over to purchase one, you should know it costs a cool $548.00.

Yeah.

It is leather and huge and fabulous, but really, I don't need all that cow hide or space. If I have that much space in a bag, I fill it. ALL of it.

Thus, the Mai Ogi junior was born.

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This bag is much, much smaller than the Anthro version, but is more more in line with what I need. Plus, by my calculations, I saved about $525 dollars, because this bag was made with leftover fabric from this project. It is a gorgeous gold velveteen on the outside, and a purple dot by Hoodie on the inside. Both fabrics are from Sew To Speak. I really am unnaturally obsessed with these two fabrics. They are just so incredibly lovely.

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This bag wasn't nearly as fussy as it looks to make. I took 2.5 inch strips of the velveteen, selvedge to selvedge, and overlocked the edges. For the pleats, I just laid them out on the body of the bag and messed with them until I got them where I wanted, pressed (lightly, so as not to crush the nap of the velveteen), and pinned in place. For the ruffles, I cranked the thread tension and stitch length up as high as they would go and sewed right down the middle of my fabric strips. After I pinned them where I wanted on the body of the bag, I followed the gathering stitch to sew it to the body. If I hadn't had to rip the lining out because I sewed it in wrong side out, it would have been a quick project. (Am I the only one who has to rip SOMETHING out of every project and resew? My seam ripper is my BFF).

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If I were sewing this bag again, I would make the strap just a smidge longer. Other than that, I am in love with it.

eta: After Mag suggested it, I entered this bag in Lemon Squeezy Home's contest. There is still time to enter a bag if you have one you've made this week!

Breaking News!! I MADE THE TOP TEN!!! Head on over to Lemon Squeezy Home to vote for your favorite bag!

62 comments:

  1. love love love love your bag, i want one now. you should enter your bag to a purse contest that is going on right now at here
    http://alemonsqueezyhomereviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/purse-week.html today is the last day to enter at midnight MST, i will vote for you if you enter, it's so lovely.

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  2. Thanks so much! And thanks for pointing me to the contest! I entered this bag. There are some awesome bags in that contest!

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  3. Wow! Your version is SO much better. I love the mustard-colored velveteen. Beautiful!

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  4. This is gorgeous! I love the color. And normally I thing ruffles just look too fussy for a grown woman, but this is fun and classy. :)

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  5. oops, I think... not I thing. :)

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  6. Wow, I absolutely LOVE your bag!

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  7. Hi there! I'm your newest follower. I found you on the Friday link up. Lovely blog:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com


    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag. You should sell these in your Etsy shop!!!

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  8. I totally love your bag!! Even more than the Anthropologie one! :) The color is awesome!!!

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  9. THIS IS A GREAT BAG! awesome job!

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  10. This is a beautiful bag!!!! Can I have it when you are done with it? :)

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  11. Yes, I'm a ripper too. But it turned out great! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

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  12. Are you kidding me? I love anthro and this bag is amazing. So cute. Wish I could have one. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thanks everyone! It seriously has made my weekend to get so many lovely comments on this bag.:)

    And Sheri - thanks for posting my link! I added your button to my page. :)

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  14. This is so super cute. I am obsessed with anthro style and I try to recreate their looks as well. Your fabric choices are beautiful. I really hope you will consider posting a tutorial for this because I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to make one of these myself. Oh yeah, and you're not the only one who has a relationship with her seam ripper. Mine is named Tina.

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  15. Wow your sewing skills are impressive. Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing

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  16. This is amazing! The color is perfect for fall. I love the hint of purple, too! My favorite color (:

    Stopping by from Motivate Me Monday.
    Have a wonderful day!
    ~Michaela

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  17. wow, that looks spot on!

    i'd love for you to come by and enter my birthday giveaway if you're interested...

    www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com

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  18. This bag is freakin' awesome, Emily! You should make up some more and put them in your shop. And I've been meaning to say: I feel your pain about the papers. It's non-stop over here (I teach online). I can't stand it when work gets in the way of sewing!

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  19. Great bag. I did bags for summer that I posted, but I am ready to make a Fall one. This would be wonderful.

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  20. Your bag is GORGEOUS!! Great job!

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  21. Awesome! I love the fabric, too. It fits the style perfectly.

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  22. So pretty! I love the ruffles, and the contrasting lining was the perfect choice~

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  23. It is fabulous! I am inspired to go make myself one. But it's almost midnight, so maybe I should wait until tomorrow. Thanks! Lisa~

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  24. this is very very good, particularly since it's so easy, and because it is unique. i agree that your bag actually turned out different than the antropologie bag and in its own right, it is GREAT.

    I am inviting you to join our weekly DIY/Craft tutorial parties from now on. A new one opens each Wednesday. The current party is here:
    http://www.finecraftguild.com/free-craft-tutorials-party-16/ Our readers would love to be able to find you & your fun projects!

    Rose
    fr Fine Craft Guild

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  25. That is so gorgeous. I like it even better than the Anthropologie bag!

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  26. This is a very VERY pretty purse now!

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  27. That is GORGEOUS!!!! What an awseome job! I would totally but that. And those fabrics are yummy :)

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  28. So cute! Great job!

    Suzie @
    staycalmandsewsomething.blogspot.com

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  29. Beautifully done! I hear you on the seam ripper. I have 3 of them, strategically placed in my craft room. Love your creativity.

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  30. that is AWESOME! come on over and link it up to MMM!!!

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  31. Wow, that bag is so cute! If you make any more and decide to sell them on Etsy I'd buy one! :) Just discovered your blog today through "Finding Fabulous". I am now a follower! - great stuff you got here.

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  32. SUPER cute. Coming from girl creative. I want to make one now. GREAT JOB.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  33. Stopping by to let you know that I featured this over at Crafts & Sutch today. Please come take a peek when you get a chance and grab an Sutch an Inspiration button! :)

    Erin

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  34. Just voted for you! Can I place an order for this bag?

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  35. Just voted for you. I too would love to make one.
    Do you offer a pattern or tutorial? Your bag is beautiful!

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  36. Emily, Your bag is simply amazing! The material is fabulous and I love it more than anthros. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  37. I WANT THIS BAG! I love it! love the colors! Love the fabric!! I just love it! nice work!

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  38. Congrats on making the top 10! That bag is GORGEOUS!!!

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  39. I think yours is way better anyways! Congrats on making the top 10.

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  40. Yours is defiantly cuter! Please please please say you are writing a tutorial!!

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  41. Love this! Seriously, fabulous!!!
    Would you send us your email (ours is kojodesignsAThotmailDOTcom)? We have an idea for you!

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  42. I'd like to second all the comments about selling these bags on Etsy!

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  43. amazing project, and fab photos - you did a great job on this! Good luck w/Crafting with the Stars! :)

    --Heather, fellow boy trifecta club member

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  44. Excellent job! And if you are worried about crushing velvets or velveteens when pressing you can get a plush mat that gives for the pile so that it isn't crushed!

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  45. Hi there,

    This bag is gorgeous.I've just on a blog break because my needle broke in my sewing machine. I'm so with you on the ripper thing. Where would I be without mine?

    I'm your new Follower!

    Sarahx

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  46. Do you have the pattern for sale??

    Thx!

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  47. I am so in love with your bag it makes me ache all over! I love the gorgeous color and the design! As far as I am concerned this is the winner!

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  48. oh my gosh... i am in LOVE with this bag also!!! i would buy it in a heartbeat (as long as it's not $500+!!! ha ha ha!). great job!

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  49. I love this bag and can't wait to see the tutorial!

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  50. This bag is gorgeous! I'm incredibly jealous.

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  51. ...i love this bag but don't love that i cannot sew to save my life. any chance you'll be selling them? :]

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  52. Kristin, there are some in my etsy shop. There's a link in my sidebar. :)

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  53. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from Copycat Crafts. :) Copycat Crafts features all sorts of great knock projects just like this one and we wanted to say thanks for the great post! Your feature can be seen from our home page and you can get to it directly here
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/sew-a-diy-anthropologie-bag/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one from our right side bar. Thanks!
    http://www.copycatcrafts.com/

    ;)

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  54. I just found you through Copycat Crafts :) And YUM! I love that bag! I'm going to have to try a ruffly bag myself now <3 Love it!

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