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Last night I found the following tutorial (thanks to the Rav RH group) :
http://sasw.blogspot.com/2007/06/recycled-placemat-purse.html
It shows how to make a flat bottomed bag from a flat pouch. 

My "pink zin" woven scarf is 8-9" by 48-49" unwashed. I want to make a functional bag from it.

My sewing skills are inadequate, but I can get assistance. 

undyedyarnpire: cartoon voodoo doll, looks like knitting needles stuck everywhere (Default)
 I am not hugely enamored of the finished scarf, first weaving project, pink zin. Mostly because, being woven from corriedale wool yarn, it is hugely unpleasant in terms of skin-touchiness. However, the fabric is relatively sturdy and has a really appealing coloration (it was happenstance, so that is not immodest). I thought it would make an excellent bag. 
woven scarf woven scarf

I was interested in the Doni's Deli Bag, because it makes a bag from one long and narrow strip of fabric. That seems ideal for weaving. But if you actually look at it conceptually, it makes a really wide bag with a really wide strap. I dislike wide bags because I tend toward single-purpose bags. I have a bag that is exactly the size of my writing notebook. I have a handknit purse which is exactly the size of a paperback. My regular handbag is just large enough for keys, phone, and wallet.  

If you are thinking about this the way I am thinking about this*, the obvious solution is to sew the short ends together and to seam up the sides to the depth desired. Some reinforcement is definitely desirable, and if I made release cuts I could make the handle double-thick while making it half the width. 

* Thus the project title will be amended to "Pondering Pinky" from the oft-repeated line from the cartoon Pinky and the Brain, "Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?" 


diagram of bag

I could use some advice on whether I am going to completely destroy the structural integrity of the scarf in forming the bag. I do have interfacing and a lining fabric ready. I can machine sew this to get greater stitch density. 

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