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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $104 for a bag? I think not! 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: 

http://www.seatbeltbags.com/medium-tote-zip1.html

My handles are wider, but I like them better I think.
2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Visiting Foxboro this summer - where should I go? on: April 08, 2008 07:32:58 PM
Hey all you Mass craftsters!

I'll be visiting my inlaws in Foxboro this summer and would love to hit some fabric/craft stores while I'm there.  In addition to the Foxboro area, we always spend a day or two in Boston.  I've started looking at some of these threads but I'm afraid my Boston (been to Boston and know we took the T to Cambridge once) knowledge is limited, and additionally this time we'll be taking the dog so I don't think she can ride the T (can she?).

Any good suggestions?  Many thanks in advance!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible purse - bias tape bag 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 )



4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / This diaper bag isn't for everyone, only the funky moms :) 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!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Walk the Dog" bag 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!)
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / retro brown/green bag 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.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a couple of placemat purses 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!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Safari purse on: September 15, 2007 07:29:20 PM
I made this for a coworker who is moving.  I mainly love the fabric. Smiley

Front:

Back:

Inside:


It is actually straight, I always take pictures at a weird angle.  And I always see strings that need removing in photos!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / need help: 1hr craft class with 11-14 yos on: September 12, 2007 10:19:41 AM
I am supposed to do a 1 hour craft type class with middle school students, ranging in age from 11-14.  I had done "friendship bracelets" with DMC floss in the past, but some of them had such a tough time grasping the knotting concept it was frustrating for them.

So I'm looking for something quick and easy to do, with rather inexpensive materials, if possible.  Any ideas?
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dog costume - mermaid - top suggestions needed 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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