Yes, the last day of school was June 28, and today is August 4. So? One benefit of school getting out so late up here is that I can read on all the American blogs what the cool gifts are this year. These bags weren't actually from this year, but ikatbag mentioned in her teacher gift post that she had done them previously. Having had one of these bags from years ago, I thought what a neat gift idea, especially if the kids picked out the fabrics themselves. That sort of worked, sort of not. LOL.
The tutorial is at: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2011/05/wallet-to-tote-on-the-go-tutorial/ Like most tutorials, I seemed to have trouble. Mainly, it's just me, LOL. Sometimes though the tutorial writer doesn't realize that something they are very familiar with is not easy to explain, or known by the masses....I got going on the first bag, got the zipper sewn in the wallet and had fun zipping it up to show everyone my little creation. Do NOT zip it up at this point.
To sew the bag on, you want the zipper laying just like it was when you sewed it--laying over the outside of the wallet. Because I had zipped it up, the zipper was flipped to the inside, and I just could not figure out how/where to sew the bag on! Finally, with fiddling, I clued in. Then I sewed the wrong bag to the wallet :(
Two other points--pin the bag to the wallet. I thought I could just go ahead and sew it on. But I kept ending up with too much fabric! For these first three bags, I sewed new side seams to make them smaller (part of the issue seemed to be that my pattern printed out a touch small). For the third one, after measuring the pattern, measuring the wallet, re-measuring, getting Rob to measure....I gave up and pinned the bag to the wallet. And wouldn't you know? Absolutely perfect fitting! My other concern was where exactly to stitch the bag to the wallet...I didn't want to stitch over the wallet fabric but it was hard to know while sewing how it would look.
Also, when I sewed the zipper on the first wallet, I didn't get fussy with the spots where the zipper starts and also sticks out at the other side. On the other two, I tried to be fussy...and they were hard to zip up. She has on her blog a tutorial on how her dad does it, using one side of the zipper tape only, but you have to buy the zipper part separately.
Keep in mind too, when you sew the bag to the wallet, where the handles are. I read in the tutorial to make sure the handles are on the long side...I somehow misread it, and it wasn't until after I sewed it on that I realized the handles need to be centered on the long sides of the wallet.
After I finished these three, I dug out my old bag to see how it differs. Quite a lot! the wallet is a foam backed vinyl, and the bag is only one layer. It's shaped totally different, and would be much quicker to make and sew to the wallet. But to find the vinyl.....