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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My simple drawstring library bag creation (photo & tutorial) on: April 11, 2011 08:31:53 AM
Hi everyone.

My mum and I have been showing my Aunty Barb how to make simple drawstring library bags to give to her grand children. She wants to fill them with books and goodies. A great kids present, even for holding toys to go to grandma's or for taking a change of clothes or swimmers. These are always great to use instead of wrapping paper too for birthdays, easter and christmas. Anyhow ......

Here is the bag we made this weekend.

Sewing a simple drawstring tote tutorial (for personal use, or for making bags to sell please dont sell this tutorial just redirect it here for people to share for free Smiley )

1. Cut 2 squares 17 inches by 17 inches. optional applique a design or name tag.
2  Use an overlocker to finish top edge and serge sides and bottom of bag. I f you dont have a serger you could think about lining the bag or doing french seams or straight stitch then zigzag seams to stop fraying.
3. Press bag and press top opening edge down about an inch to form a simple casing for your drawstring.
4. Sew this casing down ensuring you leave an opening at the side seam for the cord to fit.
5. Use a safety pin or bobbin to thread the cord through the casing, knot off, heat seal the cord to stop fraying if you want.

Its quick and easy. If you need any further help I have a quick video up on yt. Just follow my link in my signature. I  am a visual learner so find videos much easier.

thanks for looking and feedback is always welcome.
I hope to see what you all come up with.
I am thinking to make some for easter that my boys can use to store stuff in.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cyndiq's Cool water bottle tote (includes photos and tutorial) on: April 11, 2011 02:01:07 AM
Hi everyone I make water bottle totes for swaps and gifts and wanted to share how i make these.
I sew them from curtain remnants which are rubber backed as this recycles the fabric and creates insulation. I find it keeps my cold water cool and works well. I didnt use iron on waterproof inside as i only use them for water and things dry quickly in tropical cairns, queensland, australia.

Here are some photos showing details on how my tote looks  
ribbon applique

ribbon tab for you keys or coin purse to clip on while you go walking the dog lol

squared off bottom

final close up

please feel free to make these totes for swaps gifts and you can sell them. just please dont sell my tutorial as this is my own work. Please refer people here to his tutorial thankyou.

sewing tutorial:
1 cut 2 rectangles to fit your size bottle. I cut mine 10.5 inch wide by 11 inch long.
2. cut and sew strap 3 inch wide as long as you want, i iron a 1/4 inch seam and then press together and top sew in half. I end up with about an inch wide strap which i find doesnt cut my shoulder as much.
3. applique your tote with ribbon or design.
4.pin the strap at top edge between both rectangles with right sides facing inside.
Then  sew the top seam.
5. With right sides together sew sides and bottom leaving a gap to turn through.
6 square off bottom corners and snip.
7. Turn bag through hole you left and press, top sew top edge.
 optional you can add a pocket.
Enjoy your tote
(i will be editing my video to get a couple more photos for the steps and will add them here)

thanks for viewing and i hope you show and tell the totes you make.

( you can follow my link in my signature to yt to find my video if you need further help.)
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / anyone keen for aussie christmas card and small gift swap this year? on: November 22, 2010 08:44:13 AM
anyone keen for aussie christmas card and small gift swap this year?

like other years we would all send a handmade christmas card and small gift.

previous years have been fun.

would there be anyone who would want me to run this again this year?
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / alice in wonderland envelope accordion mini album on: July 12, 2010 04:10:39 PM
hi i made this alice in wonderland envelope accordion mini album.

The covers are made from a double layer or recycled cardboard which i covered and decorated with black and white theme with some red highlights for one of my partners in the sweat shop swap 23.
i used bussiness sized envelopes to create the pocket pages and decorated them.
Here is a birdseyeview of it open and the tags  made.

I used some printed pics i found of alice in wonderland.
I made the tags with my sizzix and embossed them with my cuttlebug embossing folders and coloured with my shimmer chalks.
I was happy with how it turned out.
More pics and info on my yt channel if you want to see.
thanks for looking love to hear comments and feedback
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / curly silk roses and organza lollipops hair clips and brooches on: July 07, 2010 01:17:27 AM

I love making flowers to attach to hairclips and brooches.
I have been making these for a while and really enjoy creating them.
I also love how you can use organza or the silk and get a variation on the flower. some look like real roses!
anyone else enjoy making flowers?

i hope i posted in the right place.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / anyone interested in a mini album swap on: May 17, 2010 12:41:14 AM
anyone interested in a mini album swap

I was thinking of say around the 6-8  inch size any design
crafted in the theme your partner likes
leaving space for photos handmade embellishments, use a variety of texture eg ribbons, yarns, fabric, buttons, papers, and journalling spots etc youcould use die cuts and bought charms, flowers etc if that was in the theme...

would there be an interest in this?
so these are a small to size to look at but most would take about 3 hours to make end embellish i would think.

i would be happy to organize and i would match countries where i could to save postage if people want that.
it would be an international swap

any takers?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / green leafy felt covered paper bag journal on: May 15, 2010 04:12:11 AM
I made this journal for the aussie just one thing swap for my partner

you can see more photos on the aussie just one thing swap gallery

every page had places for journalling photos hidden pockets and suprises.
i used paperbags for the basic journal covered with felt i had freehand machine sewed and appliqued leaves. I made the flowers by hand. I die cut shapes, frames, birds from fabric inside. Added lace, ribbon, string,buttons... The pages and tags are all inked and decorated ina variety of ways. i included an embossed handmade notebook, chocolate of course and a pendant with a tree as a suprise (thanks spectrumsparkie who sent me 2 in a swap so i shared one its so gorgeous)
you can see a video on more detail of the journal if you click on my youtube link in my signature if you are interested.
thanks for looking the journal took about 12 - 14  hour to make but i enjoyed it and loved how it finished up
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / family of blue spotted lucky owls on: May 15, 2010 04:09:41 AM
i made this family of blue spotted lucky owls for a swap partner
These are my first ones and I hope to make more soon and will add more pics of the new ones if anyone is interested.

I have made tiny versions too just need to take pics

thanks for looking
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / aussie just one thing swap on: April 28, 2010 09:37:57 PM
post your recieved items pics here

original thread
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / aussie just one thing swap (signups closed, sendout extended to 5/9/10) on: April 02, 2010 05:39:15 AM
Swap name: aussie just one thing swap  Grin



Craftster member who is organizing this swap: cyndiq
Sign-up date range: 2nd April - 11th April 2010closed
Date to send item by: 3rd May 2010sendouts extended to 9th may 2010.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? yes australian craftsters only for this swapno now open to newzealanders and australian craftsters.
Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES/NO

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- Reciept for postage  is required for this swap: YES


Details of swap:

You will be crafting and sending 1 item only for your partner.
You will be creating one medium item.
A generous medium item = 2hours + craftingtime = approx $20 commercial value
eg tote with applique detail or hand painting, set of jewellery with 3 or more pieces, artwork medium canvas, crochet item eg toy.
You may also choose to have 1 or 2 partners.
***New swappers may only choose 1 partner.***

Please use the information from your partners information and also check out their wist, blog and message them to help create something that will be in their taste and medium.

Pm your information to join to cyndiq.
Please reply here if you are interested and have ideas to share. Please post weekly so I know your progress with the swap.
Do not put your personal information here, that goes to the organizer and will be sent out by pm to your partner.
If you want to participate, this is the information to send to the organizer - remember to put aussie just one thing swap in the message line:


Standard questions:

Name of swap: :aussie just one thing swap
Craftster username
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the state you live in australia:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval?
Can you take photos of what you receive and post in a timely manner?
How many partners?one/two  (nb.new swappers 1 only)

swap questions:

Favourite colour
Favourite theme/designs
General questions:

What crafted items would you like to receive? eg. things you would like made eg totebag,shirt,shorts, wall art, shawl, bedsocks, crochet lap quilt
Is there something that you would NOT like to receive?
What crafted items would you be able to make for your partner?
What colours do you love/hate?
Are you allergic or have aversions to anything (wool, smoke, pet hair, metal)?
Do you smoke or have any common allergens in your house? (pets, smoke etc)
Do you have a Wists, Etsy favorites list, or blog? Please list links here:
Is there anything else you want your partner or the organizer to know?


Remember to put ausse just one thing swap in the message line so that I don't miss it!

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

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