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11  Another coffee bag purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Chantelle on: February 15, 2008 08:17:50 PM
I made another purse out of old coffee sacks left over from roasting, this one a little different. I love these! I based this on a tutorial I saw someplace, but I can't remember if I saw it on here or somewhere else, so if anyone recognizes it, feel free to post the link.

It was hard to get good photos since the lighting's so bad, but I'm sure you can get the idea. Smiley



Front:


Back:


Closeup of the lining and the zipper pocket. The color's off; it's really a pretty light green. Feel free to comment on how good I am at putting in zippers!  Grin
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12  Baby blanket with squirrels! in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by Chantelle on: February 15, 2008 08:10:02 PM
I wasn't sure if this should go in quilting, housewares, or here, but since gifts for newborns is in the title of this forum (board? Can someone tell me the difference?!), I thought I'd go with this one Cheesy

My cousin's having a baby girl next month, and I wanted to give her a blanket that's not too girly. Everything she got at her baby shower was pink, and it was starting to make me ill...is that a strange reaction? Anyway, I saw this flannel with adorable squirrels and acorns, and I just love it!

It's two layers of flannel quilted together and bound with some kind of leftover material that's really soft, but a pain to sew.

I pulled up a corner so you can see the reverse, which is just stripes. Pretend that the binding isn't all wonky.... LOL



Here's a closeup so you can see the darling squirrels:

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13  Shirt just in time for Valentine's in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chantelle on: February 13, 2008 11:27:33 PM
I'm a bit shy about posting this, since I'm so in awe of the recons I see on this board, but I'm ridiculously proud of this, so why not? It's not really that cool, but I personally love it!

So I need a shirt for Valentine's day tomorrow, but I don't have anything that's right and I really didn't want to go spend money on something. I had one of those light bulb moments when I remembered I had just tossed a red skirt with white hearts in a box for the thrift store, that I've never worn once. So I combined it with a plain black tee I also never wear. This is my first time making sleeves! They're not perfect, but I think it's not bad for a first try. I was worried they wouldn't fit over my arm since the t-shirt is stretchy but the skirt isn't.



Before:


Here's my favorite part--the bow on the neckline is made from one of those strings that are inside clothes (I think for hanging or something?):


And an action shot (I'm the worst model ever!):


Finally I made a tie for my hair, because I just don't know when to stop. Also, for some reason I decided the waistband would be perfect for this. WTF? I spent so much time ripping the seams here, like a complete idiot. Why didn't I just cut a strip from the giant skirt?
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14  Help with design in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Chantelle on: January 11, 2008 12:38:51 AM
So my very best friend is getting married and I would like to give a quilt as a wedding gift. I am not a quilter, but I've dabbled, and I'm crazy busy, between working 70 hours a week, getting ready to move out of the country to join the Peace Corps, planning the March bachelorette party, etc. So I found this quilt design that's really simple and goes pretty quickly (although I can't believe how much ironing is involved!). I guess I could have just gone with something off her registry, but I wanted to do something more personalized. Plus, I feel bad that I'm her maid of honor but I won't be at the wedding, since I'll be in Asia with the Peace Corps!

I'm wondering about what colors to use. My friend's favorite color is purple, and I'm wondering how to best incorporate purple. Here are the color combos I was thinking about. I only made a few blocks, since I didn't want to waste a bunch of time making them if i'm not going to use them.

This is what I originally had in mind:


But then I thought just white:


I love all the purples I have (I have a bunch more than what's here), but I don't know if it's too much. I think the white with the purple center squares might be nicer? It looks cleaner and more elegant, but not as much fun.  Cheesy

Please share your thoughts! I want to make a really nice gift for her!
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15  Embroidered birdy onesie--my first embroidery project! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Chantelle on: September 10, 2007 08:26:02 PM
I just found out my cousin is expectin a baby in April, so of course I started working on baby stuff right away! So for some reason I decided it would be cute to have embroidered onesies, except that I've never tried any kind of needle work before. I've seen other embroidered onesies on here, and they're all way nicer than this, lol. The stitches are pretty messy, but because it's my first try, I'm still fairly pleased with it!



Here's a closeup of the little birdie (sorry it's blurry, I couldn't get a good picture for some reason):


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16  Re: messenger bag with gusset tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Chantelle on: September 10, 2007 06:30:25 PM
Thanks so much for this easy to understand tutorial. I've made a couple bags for myself and two coworkers from the coffee bags from work. Here's a link to the post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=195448.msg2063235;topicseen#msg2063235

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17  Purse made from coffee bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Chantelle on: September 10, 2007 06:27:10 PM
I've been working for a couple months at a cool little coffee shop, and we roast all of our coffee on site. The coffee beans come in 150-lb burlap bags with interesting things printed on them. The shop's been open for 15 years, and apparently they've just been tossing the empty coffee bags this whole time. Can you believe that? So I used one to make a purse for myself, and then a couple of the other girls asked me to make some for them too. This is the first one I've remembered to take a picture of.

I used this fantastic tute to help me out: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0

Action shot:




Here's the lining. Notice the super cool zipper pocket (it's the first time I ever installed a zipper!).
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