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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Inulated lunch totes and reuseable snack bags on: May 13, 2011 02:04:03 PM
I finally got two teacher gifts finished!  Still need to do one more and make something for the bus driver before the end of next week.  Gotta quit procrastinating!  Anyway, here are the totes and snack bags.  The totes have fusible fleece for the insulation and are lined with a PEVA shower curtain.  I got a silhouette for mother's day  Grin so I used that to make heat transfers with their initials.  The purple one looks better in person as far as the letter showing up.  It does blend more on the black on than I'd like but I was pressed for time so it had to do.  Roll Eyes  The snack bags are not insulated but are lined with PEVA.  Next time I will have to do something different.  The seam allowance made a little more "bulk" than I'd prefer.  Guess I should've trimmed them more.  But they're ok and look super cute with the lunch bags.  These teachers got theirs today and both loved them!  Thanks for looking!

2011 april & may 208 by Bethard, on Flickr

2011 april & may 209 by Bethard, on Flickr
2011 april & may 210 by Bethard, on Flickr

2011 april & may 213 by Bethard, on Flickr
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / reusable snack bags and insulated lunch bag on: April 20, 2011 12:39:47 PM
I'm planning on making some reusable snack bags and matching (or at least coordinating) insulated lunch bags for teacher appreciation week.  Here's the thing...I really want the inside of the snack bags to be vinyl or something waterproof(ish).  I'm thinking if you put something in it like peanuts, and it's all cotton, you're going to get grease stains.  I also thought it would be nice to be able to use them for things like carrots or something in it, vinyl or something wipeable would be best.  BUT I also want it to be machine washable.  And most vinyl I've seen is not.  What are my options?  PUL?  Anything else?  Also, I'd like to make the insulated lunch bag with the same lining.  But how do I insulate it?  Is insul-brite for cold too or just hot?  Any other suggestions before I dive in?  I've never made either of these things before but I've made tons of bags and purses so I think I can handle the construction once I figure out the right materials.  Thanks!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lots of purses on: March 01, 2011 02:08:41 PM
Haven't posted in a while but I've made quite a few purses since the last time.  Here are a few of them.

crafts 046 by Bethard, on Flickr

crafts 059 by Bethard, on Flickr

crafts 061 by Bethard, on Flickr

October 2010 027 by Bethard, on Flickr

October 2010 030 by Bethard, on Flickr
Thanks for looking!
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / scrabble and wood tile necklaces-when to drill? on: October 21, 2010 07:45:28 AM
I'm planning to try to make some scrabble pendants for the first time.  I've read that it's a hundred times easier to use glue on bails rather than drill holes, BUT I'm cheap so I want to drill holes and use jump rings.  I'm planning to use diamond glaze on them.  So do I drill before I glaze or after?  And what about wood tiles?  I bought them because they were various sizes and I liked that better than just the scrabble tile size.  If I seal these with paint or Mod Podge, they should be ok to make like scrabble tiles from there right?  And on those would you drill first, then paint or Mod Podge, or vice versa?  Thanks in advance for your input!  I'm hoping I can do some drilling while I'm sitting around the campfire at the campground this weekend! 
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / How do you measure for linings? on: September 26, 2010 01:19:36 PM
So I decided to draft my own purse pattern for the first time.  In the past I've pretty much only made rectangle and square bags if I didn't have a tute.  I have the shell of this purse finished.  The outside is pleated and is narrower on the top than it is the bottom.  The bottom corners are rounded.  The front and back are joined by a gusset (hope that's the right word).  I kind of have an idea of how to measure for the lining.  It's basically the same size and shape as my shell when I flatten it out right?  Do I need to put a gusset in the lining since I have one on the shell? 
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first Buttercups on: September 20, 2010 02:48:23 PM
For the last couple of weeks I've been working on buttercup bags for the first time.  I love this pattern!  (Well now I do thanks to CraftyChef for helping me figure out a few parts).  Anyway, here is the first one I made.  No interfacing, no pockets, nothing fancy.  It was for a 6 year old.  Excuse the cruddy pictures.  I had to take them hurriedly before giving it as a gift.  

crafts 031 by Bethard, on Flickr

This is my second one, just for me. Smiley  I interfaced this one and put a regular pocket and a zippered pocket inside.  I love how much sturdier it is with interfacing but wow, it makes a big difference in putting it together.  A little more challenging!

crafts 035 by Bethard, on Flickr

crafts 036 by Bethard, on Flickr


This one was a gift for my mom.  I enlarged it by 115% and it was the perfect size.  The original size is a bit small for us.  I interfaced this one too and added a zipper and zippered pocket.  Again, quick pictures, sorry for the quality.

crafts 028 by Bethard, on Flickr
Flower pin

crafts 030 by Bethard, on Flickr
My very first gusset!  A little frustrating but I like how it turned out!

crafts 032 by Bethard, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!  And thanks to queenofdiy for this zipper tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298323.0 and SewPixie for this zippered pocket tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I CANNOT figure out how to assemble the buttercup on: September 03, 2010 03:12:13 PM
So, despite reading many posts, tutorials, etc. on here and elsewhere, I still cannot figure out how to attach the top piece (outer) to the bottom piece (outer).  I'm sure as soon as someone explains it to me I will see how simple it is but for whatever reason, I'm just not getting it on my own.  If you can't understand what I'm asking I can post pics.  So, you have your bottom outer piece facing right side up.  You place your top outer piece right side down on top of the bottom piece.  Here is where I don't get it.  Is that top piece supposed to look like a happy face or a sad face right now?  When I followed the instructions the way I interpret them, it doesn't seem like all of my pieces are matching up.  I'd really appreciate if someone could explain it to me.   Embarrassed
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Taggies? on: August 02, 2010 02:53:34 PM
So if you look at the taggies website they go on and on about their copyrights.  They even go so far as to ask people to "turn in"  anyone who appears to be selling copies of taggies.  My question is, how different does it have to be to not be a copy?  There are hundreds of people selling "copies" and very similar items.  Is it because they are not infringing on the copyright because their design is different enough or is it because they haven't gotten caught?  I bought something similar to a taggie at Target for my son.  It is not Taggie brand but is very similar.  So there are even companies selling similar items, not just individuals on etsy.  I've made a few similar to the one I bought at Target for gifts but I'd like to sell them too if I wouldn't be going against the Taggie's copyright.  So how do you know exactly what is copyrighted?  Or what similar item is legal to make and sell?  Any info is appreciated.  Thanks!
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Looking for purse and bag patterns that CAN be used to make items to sell on: May 23, 2010 08:41:25 AM
I read the long thread about copyright infringements and the idea that pretty much all store bought patterns and free tutorials, etc. are for personal use only.  However, I know there are patterns and tutorials out there that will let you use their patterns to make items you sell.  One is the Buttercup Bag (http://www.made-by-rae.com/).  She offers a free pattern or one you can purchase with a license to sell.  I know there are some patterns for sale on etsy that also state you are welcome to make the items to sell.  I also found this tote pattern for free.  http://mamaspocketbook.com/freepinkoctpattern3.pdf  She does suggest that you make a donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation though which I think is a great idea!  Anyway, if you are aware of any patterns/tutorials that allow you to sell items made from them, could you please post a link?  (Aside from etsy..I'll just do a search there for those.)  I'd appreciate it.  Thanks!
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Lots of shower gifts for baby girl (Pic heavy) on: May 18, 2010 02:20:05 PM
I had a baby shower to go to this past weekend and made lots of goodies for the mom-to-be and her new daughter.  I'm really proud of the bag.  I've never made a bag that wasn't just basically an unlined square so I'm happy with how this turned out!  (Please ignore all the junk around the items in the pics.  I took these right before I left for the shower and was running late so I didn't take time to clean up first.)

Small diaper/tote bag:


Lining and pocket:


Close up of pocket with baby's name on it.  First time doing letters on my machine so they're a little wobbly but it's on the inside so it won't be seen too much.


Changing pad with pocket:


Partially folded changing pad:


Outside of changing pad:


Changing pad folded up:


Top of covered wipes case:


Bottom of covered wipes case:


Taggie/Lovey (or what we call a night night at our house):


Set of 3 burp cloths:


Burp cloths bundled up for gift giving:


Comments and critiques are welcome.  Thanks for looking!
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