Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Leona Geocaching Bag!


Phew, I think my brain just worked too hard! LOL! My dork sister Leona asked if I could make a geocaching bag for her. Some of you asked what a geocache bag was. Okay, EMILY asked! LOL! It's a bag used for geocaching. Clear as mud, right? Apparently, according to THIS site, geocaching is a "high tech treasure hunt" game. People hide small objects or sometimes just a page to sign, I THINK, and you use a GPS to navigate your way to the hidden geocache. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me yet, but several of the dorks started doing it with their kids & are having a great time with this. If you're new to my blog, the "dorks" are a group of women who enjoy rubber stamping and papercrafts and happen to be a little quirky or do silly things and admit it! LOL!

Leona wanted several different compartments for different items. This was the biggest challenge: figuring out how in the world to put in compartments. I figured it out, as you can see. Then, sewing the dividers down at the bottom was the next quandry. I ended up hand whipstitching these to the base of the bag. Next, I had to figure out how to put the inside & outside together. Typically, the inside of a bag is empty, so I just put the right sides of the fabric together, sew, and turn it right side out (flip your shirt inside out to see the stitching, then turn it the right way & this might make sense---but don't take your shirt off to do this unless you are alone. Just sayin'.). I also realized when I was working on how to put them together that the flap/lid had to go on somewhere before I put the parts together. I figured that out & sewed on the flap, only to discover I'd put it on backwards, with the striped side OUT! oops! Thank goodness for seam rippers. I finally figured the whole thing out & managed to put it all together today.




One thing I might change would be the top. I think a zippered top would be better on such a large bag. I'll let Leona try this out & see what she thinks. Leona got the "prototype" price but after making this, I am going to figure out what I will charge for custom bags like this. Also, I'm considering making the compartment section removable. In the meantime I have orders for a costume and another bag, so I'll leave this one until I get another request, I think.

Let me know what you think of this type of bag! I love your comments!

5 comments:

Grace said...

Lori, what an awsome bag. You could do another for Karen Lynn, since she love paisleys soo much! {snicker, snicker}. This is a fantastic bag and you are an awesomely talented lady!

Becky Kiser said...

I love it! Super cute!!

Traci M said...

Lori, this is proof that you could sew just about any kind of bag anyone wants!! I love the fabric, the bag itself looks great for its intended use...and I didn't take my shirt off even though it's just me, because I actually understand your dork language. Ya big dork...:)

Emily Painter-Davis said...

I love it.
and thanks for the explanation.
Hugs...

Emily Painter-Davis said...

ok, here is my two and a half cents....
if you could slide cardboard in the sides and make it stand up on it's own, it would be such a great car travel bag. The flap is perfect for that. For me I can see Christopher loving all the compartments for his things.