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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my take on the non-ugly hip purse (first sewing post!Pic heavy) *Tutorial added* on: April 20, 2006 12:37:39 PM
I wanted to make a cool and practical purse for my sister's birthday - she's going to Australia and New Zealand, and I figured something similar to the hip slinger would be appropriate to hold her small but important stuff. She turned 21 today, yay!

This was my first time sewing a zipper and a lining, so I actually made a practice purse for myself at the same time. I didn't follow a tutorial or a pattern, so I put together one thing for the practice purse, then sewed the same thing on the real one, and so on. (This meant changing the thread colour about a hundred times, but it turned out good.)

Here's my sister modelling her bag (white and black) - fortunately, she liked it! There is a heart inside the lining since she's my sis Smiley Then there is me modelling my bag, the green one - it actually goes with a lot of my clothes, but today I was wearing a black ballerina skirt which may not be the best combination.

Here goes:


(I bought the fabric in a small town in Sweden, so I doubt that will help you, but thanks for asking!)

Here's how I did it:

* I cut a piece of paper the size I wanted the bag plus seam allowance. This turned out to be 23x27 cm, and I cut another piece of paper the width the belt should be to fit the d-rings, again including seam allowance.

* Then I drew the "pattern" onto the fabric, starting with the belt so I was sure there would be enough fabric. I cut the squares for the bag and the lining the same size.

* I made an opening where I wanted the zipper to be, in both the outer and inner fabric, the same width as the zipper. At first I didn't make it fit but a friend told me to cut a couple of small arrows by the opening,
like this:   >----------<  Then I could make a neat rectangular opening.

* I sewed the zipper loosely by hand to the front fabric, then sewed it on properly.

* Then I sewed together the pieces for the lining, and then the outer fabric so I had two pockets.

* I fit the lining into the outer fabric and made sure the zipper was in front of the zipper opening in the lining, then I sewed the zipper through both layers of fabric. This means there are two seams around the zipper, but I think that looks good and feels more secure.

* I sewed together the top of the purse, just straight across.

* I ironed the fabric for the belt carefully so it would fold in the right places even without pins.

* I pinned the purse inside the belt and then sewed together the belt. I added a seam at the top of the belt for symmetry.

* Then I checked how long the belt should be, cut it off, sewed around the edges and added the d-rings.

* I also made a little holder ring for the belt.

The finished bag measures 25 x 22 cm and holds several small things like a wallet, mobile phone, passport, small guide book and keys.

Hope this makes sense! Smiley


32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Cute airplane bead / shrink plastic luggage tag, decorated pirate mug on: February 28, 2006 10:30:13 AM
Just some new stuff of mine...

Here's a luggage tag I made from shrink plastic, beads and pink elastic:

An action shot of my cute new cabin size suitcase:

And to fit even better into the category miscellaneous; here's a pink skull mug (my work mug) which I decorated with glitter:

33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tiny journal featuring a somewhat nervous whale on: February 02, 2006 01:35:15 PM
I made this today for someone on www.postcardx.net who sent me a lovely gift. She likes whales and the ocean so I made a small (9.5 x 9.5 cm) blank book with green and blue pages for ocean colours, and a whale with a crooked smile on the cover. I bound it using a Rollabind binding machine.

34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered self portrait - 2nd embroidery out of 2 total on: January 28, 2006 09:57:28 AM
I've only embroidered two things (not counting the odd cross stitch embroidery when I was a child): a couple of flowers on a black jacket and this self portrait which I made last year. Haven't embroidered since. First I took a rather bad webcam photo; then I wanted to try this embroidery thing. I held the fabric and the photo up against a window, but couldn't see through it, so I just looked at the picture and embroidered away. I just did it instinctively, and I was happy with the result.

35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Purple square necklace - simple but cool! on: January 28, 2006 08:18:16 AM
This is a necklace I made a while back and I've worn it a lot. It was really simple to make. I saw the "pattern" on a website somewhere with round beads, but I wanted a squared one.

Here's how:

36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rockin' purple huge metal & bead flower necklace. Image heavy! on: January 28, 2006 08:06:30 AM
This is a necklace I made yesterday; hope ya like it Smiley I wanted to shape something out of wire, so I made a huge flower out of ordinary sturdy steel wire which I had threaded with glass beads. For the centre of the flower I used thin wire and added one Swarovski crystal and seven amethyst gem beads. I used jewelry wire to make the chain.


Side view:




Action view:


It can also be worn short like this:

37  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mixed paper colourful journal on: January 09, 2006 01:18:48 PM
This is a mixed paper blank book (my current journal) which I made a few days ago. I bound it using a similar binding to this: http://personal.mem.bellsouth.net/d/r/drv1913/0204.html . I covered it with this textured, bright yellow paper and stamped the sun image.



Inside pages, one with star book fold:

38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some wire and glass bead bracelets on: January 09, 2006 11:26:43 AM
This is a bracelet I made for myself using glass beads, Swarovski crystal and wire:

and here are three bracelets which I am sending to unsuspecting people on http://www.postcardx.net

close up:

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re-vamped laptop computer - from regular to va-voom! on: January 09, 2006 10:58:36 AM
This is my semi-retired laptop which will only have to handle Miss Word and some cds from now on.

I added a clear pocket with double-sided tape. It opens up on the side, so I can slide in different pictures. Then I glued on rhinestones Smiley

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / heat laminating + cutting? on: November 15, 2005 08:28:45 AM
I'm thinking of buying a heat laminating machine since I saw a very cheap one & was wondering if the plastic sticks to the entire picture well enough so that I can cut it up? The size is A4 and I'd like to use smaller laminated pieces as book covers etc. Btw, I'm in Sweden, so there's no Kinko's or Xyrons Smiley
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