Friday, December 18, 2009

Bag "Bliss - Step 3

Dun, Dun, Dun...and now, the final chapter in the epic bag-blitz!

(Catch up with Step 1 and Step 2 if need be!)

We printed, we sewed, and now it's time for drawstrings - so grab your materials and let's go!

In addition to the assembled bag, we'll need string

and some eyelets/eyelet-setter.

(I'll be using a Crop-A-Dile, which I looove)

Now remember how I said we'd stick the eyelets in before sewing the bag all the way around? Well, if we didn't do it that way, I wouldn't be able to fit the Crop-o-dile in to punch the holes! So start with the unsewn bag, and mark off where you want to put your eyelets. They should be towards the bottom of the bag, on either edge of the side that rests against your back. We'll be using two eyelets per side, since these particular eyelets are too small to fit two strands of string in one.

We measured down 18" to the point where the ruler hit the curved line we drew.

Then we went 1.5" up from that point and made our first position marking.

Repeat on the other side, then lay the ruler between the two points.

Measure 3/8" (3 ticks on a inch ruler) inwards, and make second position marks on each side.

Now we're ready for eyelet setting.

Punch out holes where you made your position markings. Make sure you only punch through one layer of the fabric!

Insert an eyelet to the hole, with the finished side facing the "right-side" of the bag.

Now Squash the eyelet down with your setter. (a.k.a., the "fun" part!)

Here's what it should look like on the "wrong-side" (inside) of the bag.

And again, on the "right-side" (outside)

Now put the bag down for a moment and grab your string. You'll need two equal lengthed pieces of your size preference. We used 72" pieces that we bought from Home Depot. Melt down the ends of the string to prevent fraying (only if you're using synthetic ropes! Natural fibers will go up in flames!)

We used a piece of wire to help guide the strings through the flaps.

With the bag right-side out, thread the strings through the eyelet holes.

Tie an overhand knot to secure the strings.

And D O N E spells done!

Logistics -
163 bags total - 157 good bags, and 6 fail-bags, so that's a yield of about 96%.

Cost Breakdown
fabric = $1.84/bag
eyelets = $0.15/bag
string = $1.04/bag
Emulsion and ink: $0.21/bag
Capital cost for Crop-A-Dile, YUDU, screens: $283
Total Project Cost (material + capital) = $810.52 total, $5.16 per good bag.
Total Project Cost (material only) = $527.52 total, $3.36 per good bag.

...Which, if we ignore any operating costs (free labor!), falls below the $5/chair I was quoted for chair cover rentals. Huzzah! :D

Now, if only I knew how to fit them all into my suitcase...

What's the first thing you did after finishing a major project? Take a relaxation break, or jump right into something else?


  1. OMG!! You are seriously talented!!! And its so sweet of Sak to help you so much. I really love how they turned out!

    P.S. I asked Patrick how difficult it would be for him to get you a copy of CS4 and he's so awesome... he said it would not be a problem at all. I would be happy to send it to you. Want it? :)

  2. omgggg Bee! That would be beyond amaazing! Are you sure?! I'd totally be your art slave! haha! :D

  3. hahaha. I thought you might want it. Yes I'm sure. It's no problem at all. Plus you are so awesome to be doing all of those beautiful line drawings for other brides. Those drawings take a lot of time and skill and you are doing them for FREE?? Way too nice! Email me your address:
    I will send it off to you as soon as the mister has it ready for me. :) My art slave? heehee. You are too sweet.

  4. Wowsa! That's amazing, I think I may have to buy a Yudu AND an eyelet setter (though i have no use for it at this moment).