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1  $104 for a bag? I think not! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by fizzgiggly on: April 15, 2008 06:38:00 AM
Over in the reconstructed board, christephi inspired me to try making my own seatbelt purse, because something similar sells online for $104.  Mine isn't reconstructed because my webbing is brand new (and cost me less than $11).  Anyway, here's what I came up with:

and the top

I think I'll do better next time.  My industrial sewing machine was giving me trouble when I tried to top stitch the top, and I ended up with a ton of loose stitches on the top.  I fixed the machine and redid it, but it still looks "fuzzy" to me, so I'll keep this one for myself. Smiley

Oh and if you haven't seen the $104 original, here it is: 


My handles are wider, but I like them better I think.
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2  Reversible purse - bias tape bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fizzgiggly on: April 07, 2008 02:07:25 PM
This is my new favorite style of bag.  I think next time I will make it bigger and make my own bias tape that's a little wider and sturdier.  Tutorial is here http://www.belleepoquewhimsy.com/bias-tape-tote-tute )

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3  This diaper bag isn't for everyone, only the funky moms :) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fizzgiggly on: February 27, 2008 10:55:10 AM
A coworker friend of mine is having her first baby any day now.   She's not the cutsey lambs and bunny type, so I made this bag for her:

It looks huge, and it is!  The inside is lined with 6 large pockets as the pattern called for, and then I added 3 additional small pockets:

The bottle pockets rendered most of the large pockets useless because it called for them to be sewn over the main pockets.  I decided to make them bottle "pouches" and only attach them at the top, so you can reach under them and still access the other pockets:

I also made a coordinating changing pad with three outer pockets, and used a laminated version of my main fabric for the changing pad side, so it could be wiped clean.

The lowdown on the pattern, fabric, etc:  The bag pattern is Amy Butler's Nappy bag.  The black and white fabric is Michael Miller's Dandy Damask - I used the cotton canvas for the outer bag, and the quilting weight cotton for the bias tape and back of the changing pad.  The interior is a kona cotton.

I hope she likes it!  The shower is today, so we shall see!
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4  "Walk the Dog" bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fizzgiggly on: January 15, 2008 08:02:59 PM
After crafting for other people for the holidays, I figured my first project of the year need to be for me!  This is my "Walk the Dog" bag, loved this fabric the moment I saw it!

Of course the other side has a lady in a pink dress:

And the inside is green, with a zipper pocket and three other pockets lining the other side:

(And my cat Grendel liked it too!)
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5  retro brown/green bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fizzgiggly on: October 01, 2007 07:23:29 PM
When I first saw these two fabrics at a local home decorating store, I wasn't sure if I loved it or thought they were icky.  After bringing them home and having a friend ooh and ahh over it, I decided it must have been love. Smiley
Here's the bag I made for her (one day I will learn to take a picture and remember to snip threads before taking a picture...)

and the inside

It's brown and a great avocado green, just like the old appliances...
 Makes me feel sooo 70s.
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6  a couple of placemat purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by fizzgiggly on: September 20, 2007 07:06:24 PM
Not a new or original idea, by any means, but these two placemat purses I thought were more unique than usual:

The placemat on this was pre-embroidered (fuzzy pic)

The lining was some green fabric I had sitting around:

This one is not really my style, although I do like the way it looks (and again with the fuzzies):

The lining is a coordinating napkin:

Even though I've graduated from the simplicity of a placemat purse, I still find myself scoping out placemats everywhere I go.  Never know what you're going to find!

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7  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by fizzgiggly on: September 16, 2007 04:50:51 PM
This is my "new" machine.  Picked it up on craigslist because I needed something a little heavier duty for sewing nylon dog collars.  Just had it tuned up and cleaned after buying it almost 2 months ago, and used it for the first time tonight.  It scares me!   Tongue  It is way fast, and I have to practice getting it under control.  I had been calling her "Belinda", but now I think she needs a much scarier name:

I think my regular sewing machine is even scared!
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8  Safari purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fizzgiggly on: September 15, 2007 07:29:20 PM
I made this for a coworker who is moving.  I mainly love the fabric. Smiley




It is actually straight, I always take pictures at a weird angle.  And I always see strings that need removing in photos!
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9  Dog costume - mermaid - top suggestions needed in Halloween Costumes by fizzgiggly on: September 10, 2007 02:14:31 PM
Hi all,

I'm making my dog a mermaid costume for Halloween this year.  I have a great green sparkly fabric tablecloth (it looks like scales) and basically I'm going to create a tail that will attach around her tummy, fit over her butt, and kinda drag behind her when she walks (no potty trips allowed!).  

I'm at a loss as to what to do for the top half of her though.  I was thinking a shell bra but with the way I have the tail envisioned I don't think that will look right.  Plus she's not all that tall and has a beard that would probably cover them anyway (she's a wheaten terrier, they have an unusual groom! Here she is 2 years ago as Wonder Woman, just so you don't think she's a freak with a beard Smiley

Any ideas for a top?
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10  My Spooky October Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by fizzgiggly on: September 05, 2007 05:08:07 PM
The fabric of this purse demands to be carried all of October.  I can't wait. Smiley

This was my first time tackling a zipper pocket, and was amazed at how easy it was.  Don't know why I didn't try it sooner!  (fuzzy pic)

And a close up of the print, or a section of it... there is no part of this fabric that is not adorable!

Edit:  The fabric is called "Unhappy Hour" by Alexander Henry.  It comes in this colorful version, as well as a black and white version.  Google pulls up a few sources, as does ebay!
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