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1  Re: Leap Year Fiber Friday 2/29/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by nefertari on: February 29, 2008 08:42:15 AM
Nice yarns, as usual, everybody!

Here are my first two on my new drop spindle (from shetland wool):

Just a few yards for practice. Didn't set the twist or anything.

First try at dying and plying. I don't really love the color ... I used 2 orange koolaid packets and one strawberry, and I expected this to be a little more orange. I don't think I would wear this color. Oh well. But I was pretty excited about the navajo plying, even though it really shortened the yarn! It took awhile to figure out how to blend the bumps in.

And here it is knit up. There's only about 25 yards, so I'm not sure what I can make with it! Suggestions are welcome.

Sorry for the crappy pictures ... I let my husband take the camera with him, so I'm using the webcam.

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2  Boxy purse with tutorial and lots of pics! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nefertari on: December 31, 2007 11:21:41 AM
This is actually made out of a 2 placemats I found for $1 each at Army & Navy, but I ripped out all the stitching and used it as a regular piece of fabric. That's why it's here and not in the reconstructed area. The lining is just some scraps of broadcloth that I had in my stash. I took the buckle things from an old purse I had. So, altogether, pretty cheap project! The most expensive parts were the magnetic snaps I got on Ebay. I was so excited to try them, and I am pretty happy with how they turned out. Yay! I have 4 more pairs to experiment with!

Finished product:

Without the strap added

Hanging on my door


I was so excited to try out the magnetic snaps I got on Ebay, and I am pretty happy with how they turned out. Yay! I have 4 more pairs to experiment with!


This is actually a really easy purse to make (because there's no darn zipper!), following the basic Jordy construction (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0). The main twist is that the flap, bottom, and front are all one continuous piece. Hard to explain, but just follow the pics.

Starting with my placemat, but you can use any fabric you like.

Then cut a shape like this, and one for the lining as well.

I used the squares on my fabric as a guide, but you can use whatever measurements you like. Just make sure to add seam allowance (I used 1/2"). NOTE: Make sure you add seam allowance for the side seams too ... or your boxy bottom won't work properly. Normally with a Jordy bag you would use 2 pieces of fabric for the boxy shape, thus ending up with a seam on the bottom of the bag. But for this one there will be no bottom seam because we're going to fold it instead. Hopefully this isn't too confusing. Just let me know if I need to clarify this point.

I made a pdf to show how to draw out the finished dimensions and add the seam allowance. Hopefully this helps clarify things: Boxy Purse PDF. Note: this pdf is not to scale, it's at about 55%.

Once you cut out the shapes from the outer fabric and lining fabric, you may want to add interfacing for stiffness. I used iron-on interfacing on the outer fabric. Also, if you are using the magnetic snaps, add a square of interfacing to the liner piece where the snap will be attached.

Now attach the snaps! You will need to take some measurements to figure out exactly where they will go. Just make sure you do this before you start sewing things together.

Starting with the outer piece, fold up the bottom (right sides together) and sew the side seams. Press the seams. Then pinch the bottom corners as with the Jordy bag and sew those seams as well.

Do the same with the lining, except don't sew one of the corners. You need to leave a hole there so you can turn the whole thing inside out. Also, if you want to add a divider like I did, do it in this step ... include it in the side seams of the lining. The divider makes it a little trickier to sew the outer piece and lining together, but just work carefully and you'll be fine.
**Edit** Should have seen this earlier ... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0 ... I wish I had done a zippered divider!!

Now is the time to get your strap ends basted in. This is how I did mine. I just sewed them on to the outer piece inside the seam allowance.

Now tuck the lining into the outer piece, right sides together, and pin.

And sew! Then cut the flap corners and clip the inside corner (where the pink dotted lines are).

Now you can turn it inside out from that hole you left in the lining. Then fold in the raw edges of that hole and sew it shut, just like the Jordy.


And then press it and it will look even better.
**Edit** Also, topstitch all around the flap and top edge. Forgot that part!

Comments are welcome! If you give this a try, please post a picture here for us to see!
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3  Bamboo sushi roller jewelry holder in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by nefertari on: December 08, 2007 01:52:28 PM
I'm pretty sure I got this idea from a post on here somewhere, but I can't find it for the life of me, so I'm posting this as a new topic.

I added a chopstick at the top back to keep the mat hanging away from the wall.  That way there's space for the earrings to hang properly. Also, I just bent a few paper clips to make the hooks that the necklaces and hoop earrings are hanging on.

Thanks for looking Smiley

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4  Beaded Indian Pillows in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by nefertari on: November 13, 2007 02:04:29 PM
My mom and I made these a couple years ago out of Indian clothes that we found at Value Village.

^ If you look at the yellow on the big one, you can tell where the neckline was. (The yellow is just some scrap fabric). And then the sleeves were attached where the corners are. Make sense? The beading on the small pillows was originally at the ends of the sleeves.

^ The neckline is pretty obvious on this big one. We used scraps from the first garment to put the brown colored border on this one. Small pillows are, again, made from the ends of the sleeves.

^ This one is just making use of some scraps. And dangly coins, just for fun!

Oh, and the backs of all of them are just some scrap black material, since there wasn't enough of the shiny stuff!
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5  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by nefertari on: November 06, 2007 08:36:10 AM
Turned out we were in the middle of moving in the weeks and days before Halloween, so I didn't have much time to devote to this project, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out anyway. He wanted to be an elf, so this is inspired by Legolas. I had taken all the measurements, then didn't know where I'd written them down when it came time to make the tunic ... so it should have been shorter. But he liked it this way, so I didn't bother fixing it.

The blue on his arms is the shirt he's wearing underneath. We couldn't find anything that matched better in his dresser, and I didn't have time to do sleeves on the tunic.

And ... pumpkins. The top two were done by his friends, the bottom one is his (with some carving help from Dad).

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6  African floral purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by nefertari on: September 20, 2007 02:42:27 PM
I spent some time in Burundi, Africa and went nuts over the fabric they have there! I only bought 4 different prints because of luggage space, but they were cheap!! Around $10 for 8 meters, if I remember correctly!

Anyway, here's a purse I made from one of the fabrics. I was keen on making something that was fully lined, and spent a lot of time going through the "tubes" in my mind about how it would work. I'm pretty happy with the result, except for a few things ... next time I will remember to add the velcro before I put that zipper in too high, and also I would probably line it with a solid color using heavier fabric. I did use interfacing but after a year of using the purse, it is pretty floppy these days. Oh, and the flap doesn't really have a closure, which I would probably change next time. In fact, since I've discovered some sweet tutorials on here, I might even do a zipper top.

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7  Camo pencil case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by nefertari on: September 17, 2007 01:41:54 PM
Hi ... this is my first post. I made this pencil case using this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0

I made it with leftovers, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. My first project since I finally found a zipper foot for my old machine. Much easier that way!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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