Making bags: instructions/tutorials

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Post by Blue » 06 Jul 2010 19:06

Does anyone have a tip as to how to make an 8 panel as round as possible? I made a few and they are very square but I know they can be made rounder, I just am unsure how.

I'm using fleece by the way if that matters.

And also I just thought, could I be gathering too much?
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Post by Ramen God » 07 Jul 2010 04:25

The boxy 8ps are caused by using triangles. You need to you rounded triangles.

http://www.jugglingdb.com/compendium/sk ... terns.html

The first set of patterns contains the best 8p pattern.

Thr second contains the type of 8p that the dirtbag is made with, with hexagons, but I wouldn't use that one as it isn't even. But knowing the way it is put together, you can make you own.

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Post by Blue » 13 Jul 2010 18:47

Would it be advisable to buy this http://www.fieldsfabricsonline.com/Ultr ... _2565.html or is it a waste.
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Post by WyrmFyre » 15 Jul 2010 02:03

Its a scrap bag so who knows, it could be a good buy, it could be a bad one, just depends how big or small a piece needs to be to be defined as "scrap".

Would make a truck load of 32panel Dadas though :D
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Post by Ramen God » 15 Jul 2010 04:48

I would say no. Buy the colors of ultrasuede extrawide you want, and type in .125 in the quantity box, and you will get 1/8 yard, the best side for footbags.

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Post by Blue » 15 Jul 2010 14:20

Is it because the quality of the scraps would be unknown?
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Post by mc » 15 Jul 2010 20:05

to answer your question, yes.

buy the amount specified in the previous posts of flash red, country cream, petit pois, and imperial blue, and you'll be all set to get started.
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Post by antoy » 26 Mar 2011 13:54

so i am just getting into stitching bags but i can't find good filler.

i have found some shops online for steel shot but i don't have a clue what size to buy. also what do most people cut with?... steel shot with pellets, beads, rubber... what's best?

thanks

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Post by beckermj » 10 Jun 2011 20:52

So I'm starting a blog about footbag, and in it is a stab at a tutorial about sewing a 32-panel bag. I've got some good pictures and tried to make it worthwhile, so see what you think: http://umbrellabags.wordpress.com/. While you're there, you can check out (they're for sale!) some of the bags I've made.

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Post by sen » 26 Dec 2011 07:51

Got a few stitching questions? This seems like the place to ask.

First, for those that still trace the pattern onto the fabric, what have you found is the best way to minimize wasted fabric? I'm still learning and trying to waste as little fabric as possible on these bags that aren't turning out to be playable.

Second, shipping from Field's Fabric was crazy for me. I bought 3 color's of .125 USL totaling just over $21. Shipping cost me over $25. What did it cost you to ship it if you live in the US? I'm trying to determine if it would be worth it to have it shipped somewhere in the US and then reshipped up to me in Canada. Just seems like it was too expensive for shipping on such a light package.

Thanks for any help with these.

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Post by billyg » 28 Dec 2011 05:13

I was just wondering: What does it mean to have a low or high "bite"?
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Post by Squidman » 02 Jul 2012 08:44

Does anyone have a resource for creating patterns/templates that still works? Everyone I've found a link to is gone. Thanks.

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Post by D. » 02 Jul 2012 23:45

Try this generator: http://commo.xtreemhost.com/
Have a play around with template sizing to find what you like best.

If you cut your pieces on the line,
For a golf ball size bag, put in 18mm, 18mm and 20% (that's stitching between 1 and 1.5mm from the edge.)
If you like to cut around your pieces, and stitch on the line, try 14.5 or 15mm for both lengths, and 25% in the generator.

And a really good tensioning/size tool is a thimble! (If you aren't sure what that is, it's just something round that you put in the pentagons for tensioning and tying off, so they all come out the same size)
My thimble is 17mm in diameter, and works really well with these sizes I have listed^^

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Post by Squidman » 03 Jul 2012 07:00

That is brilliant! Thank you so much. Can't wait to give this a try.

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Re: Making bags: instructions/tutourials

Post by isirc10 » 03 Nov 2013 15:43

Figured I would put this up here:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQjZHPBL9F8[/youtube]
Hope it helps explain the basics.
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Re: Making bags: instructions/tutourials

Post by Karel_c » 04 Nov 2013 04:42

Excellent job Ivan, when I watched it, I thought : Why does this video only have 16 views? Then I realised you just posted it the same day. I hope for you this gets known as THE footbag stitching tutorial video.

Btw, does a lot of you stitchers gather all panels at the end ? Or is it more of a preference thing ?

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Post by isirc10 » 04 Nov 2013 08:34

Thanks! I would like to do one for 92 and 14 panel bags as well, when I get the time.

About gathering: when I learned how to stitch, I was taught to gather right when I finished the panel. After a few bags, I realized that the gathered hexes were making it harder for me to have consistent stitches (gathered hex + normal pent = crooked stitches and weird wrinkles) so I ended up waiting till the end to gather. It also makes it easier for me to get into a rhythm (stitch everything, then gather everything instead of going back and forth). Also, I hate gathering/tying off so I just put it off till the end, or if I have a large order, I will just stitch a few bags and then gather them all at once.
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Re: Making bags: instructions/tutourials

Post by Karel_c » 05 Nov 2013 13:18

Thanks, I'll try this method !

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Re: Making bags: instructions/tutorials

Post by Alf » 10 Dec 2013 22:49

It took me a while, but I finally managed to watch your video this morning.

I think, it's one of the best filmed tutorials out there. I like that you really explain everything in detail and take your time.
Thank you for the effort.


P.S.: I would like to see a 92 tutorial as well. :D

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Post by joewilson002 » 13 May 2014 13:44

i started making bags only about a month ago, the first bag i made was just terrible, but once i figured out the layout of a 12 panel, everything seemed easier. after about 6 or so 12 panel bags, i think its an appropriate time to venture into the 32 panel realm. i have now made around 8 or so, and am looking for the 92 panel template. so i think anywhere from 6 to 10 bags is a good bench marker when going between levels of making templates
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