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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need help figuring out strap placement/ideas on: May 11, 2008 10:49:39 PM
I have seemed to gotten myself into a pickle. I'm attempting to make a bag small enough to fit inside my messanger/diaper bag to hold all of my necessities for those times I leave dd with someone else or go somewhere by myself and don't need to tote around the larger bag.

I was using this tut http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 to make a zippered pouch, but since it didn't have handles/straps, now I don't know where to go from here.  I currently have the zipper attached to both sides of the lining and outsides of bag and topstitched in place.  The sides/bottom are not currently sewn together, so it's looking like the view in Step 8. 

I was unsure as to leaving it square or making it a Jordy style, but it appears that I probably should make it more square so that it will hold stuff better.  I think that I can add gussets to the sides and bottom and attach my material with my D ring to the gusset.  My only worry is the tight corners up next to the zipper and the fact that my lining is already in place inside the bag (versus being outside of it waiting to be tucked in).

Can anyone help me to figure out where to go from here? I would greatly appreciate it.  If there are suggestions on how to forgo the gussets and still attach a strap of some sort, I'd be game for that too.

Thanks for any help/suggestions.
Miranda
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need help with sewing piping onto a pillow on: April 03, 2008 10:43:13 PM
I'm sorry if this is in the wrong spot, but it's more of a sewing question than a "decorating" one, so I put it here. Please feel free to move it if it needs to be elsewhere.

I'm attempting my first project of sewing piping and also making a pillow.  I have made my own piping using a very small cord and satin blanket binding made into double folded bias tape.  I have the piping basted onto the front piece and all seems well with the corners.  My question is how to sew the back piece on and get around the corners and still have room to "stuff" it.  My back piece is a tad bigger than my front piece which I'm thinking I still need to line the edges up so that there is room to stuff it with batting.  I have also figured out I need to try to "stitch in the ditch" which is sewing between the first stitch of the piping and the piping itself (right)?  Which will be interesting in itself because I might have crowded the cording in the first place.

Can anyone help me to finish this project?

Thanks!
Miranda
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger bag made from many tuts (long/img very heavy) on: March 28, 2008 10:03:45 PM
I finally finished my messenger bag that I had dreamed up in my head.  I wanted it to take the place of our backpack/diaperbag thing for when we were out and about since I wear my dd on my back, I can't very well carry the backpack there as well.  I needed something that would hold a change of clothes, activities, snacks and other odds and ends purses/diaper bags need. 

I eneded up using a lot of different tuts from here to get exactly what I wanted. I know I probably won't get them all listed, but I'll list the main ones.  I used http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0 for the general concept, but changed the dimensions to look more like the pink one shown here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0, in addition to using the zippered pocket (which rocked by the way).  I also used http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186144.0 for the adjustable strap along with various other techniques on adding the magnetic snap and pockets.

Front detail:

Side pocket:

Outside pockets to hold cell/keys/Ipod

Picture of lining fabric and zipper pocket

Inside pockets: They are a little hard to see because they blend in with the fabric surrounding so well. But there are 3 pockets to the left of the picture. Sized for business cards, notepaper, and a pen. There are also elastic pockets on the inner sides (at the gussets).

Key fob detail and pockets again. The color is slightly off due to flash/no flash.

Adjustable strap detail:


I couldn't get a decent picture of it on me, but it might have turned out just a smidgen big, but when I needed to stuff if full this afternoon, it did the job.  The bottom is leather (ripped from an old vest), the outsides are all black cordoroy (sp?) with the front being a detailed cord.  The strap is cord and the adjuster was from an old belt I threw together about a decade ago.

I really feel awesome about how this turned out. I would do things in a different order next time, just to make things a little easier on my self (such as sewing pockets to gusset prior to sewing to bottom of bag/lining).  I really had no idea what I was doing with the gussets so I was extremely satisfied when I turned it all right side out and it looked GOOD! The leather made it pretty hard to sew through too.  All in all, I really didn't have too many problems with it, it just took a lot of time to think things through and try to do it in the right order and get the directions right.

Thanks for taking the time to look and thanks to all those who took the time to write up tuts so that I could make my bag!
Miranda
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Need help w/recon too small kids shirt on: March 25, 2008 09:03:35 PM
Does anyone have any tried and true methods to making a child's t-shirt or onsie that they have outgrown (or is too tight in the belly or chest) bigger?  My dd has some really cute summer shirts that she never got to wear last summer and they fit ok except for being a bit tight in the tummy (they are onesies) that I was hoping to make bigger so she can wear them this summer?

Thanks for any help.

Miranda
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Zebra poncho on: March 22, 2008 11:41:19 PM

Zebra poncho by snitker79, on Flickr

I made this double layered fleece poncho for my dd to wear during the winter in place of a heavy winter coat.  I took an existing pattern of a short baby poncho and referenced the "Carseat Poncho's" they sell online and made my own version.  It has buttons instead of a zipper and I added the ears to the top.  I really liked how it turned out, except the blanket binding was a PITA as it kept bunching and wouldn't lay straight.

It was nice being able to dress her in layers and then slip it off over her head to secure her in her carseat and then I layed it back over top of her like a blanket.  I hope it will fit next year too, I don't know if I can make another one Wink

Thanks for looking.
Miranda
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby leg warmers (and testing posting pics) on: March 22, 2008 11:34:49 PM
Here are one of my favorite pairs of leg warmers I made my dd.  I'm also testing uploading pictures as I have not posted pics yet. Please bare with me. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24933615@N03/sets/72157604206811190/
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Pros/cons: straps with D rings on: March 16, 2008 06:55:21 PM
I am currently working on a messenger bag and I want to add an adjustable strap like the one here : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186144.0

She has used a D ring on one side and attached the other end to the side of the purse.  Is there a benefit to doing it this way?  Or is it better to attatch both straight to the purse or attatch both with D rings?  I'm cutting my strap tonight and hopefully sewing it on in the next few days if anyone can give me their experiences.

Thanks so much!
Miranda
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Gusset corners on: March 03, 2008 09:16:54 PM
I am in the process of making a messenger bag with gusset sides like http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0.  What I'm having trouble with is getting the corners to turn out right.

I worked on it with my lining first and the first 2 corners were a little puckered and the last 2 were a little better.  I'm not understanding the direction to "clip the gusset seam a bit and pin it to the fabric". The only way I got it to look decent was to sew across the bottom, unhook the threads and then work my way up the sides seperately. I don't mind doing it this way, but I seem to still catch just a bit of the bottom seam which causes it to bubble.

I don't mind that the corners are not perfect in the lining because no one will ever see them. But I really want the outside corners to be nice. Any helpful hints?

TIA
Miranda
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Difference between a Jordy square bag and a bag with gussets? on: January 22, 2008 09:12:44 PM
Hello crafters. I lurk a lot and get lots of good ideas from everyone here and not I'm going to go way off the deep end and attempt to make a messenger bag.  The problem is I've been studying http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0, and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0 to get exactly what I'm wanting.  I want a messenger bag that has a seperate flap like the third one, a zippered inside pocket like the first one, and a zippered divider like the second one.  Although I think I might attempt to make the zippered divider something that is removable to carry on it's own if I don't need to take the whole bag.  I know, I'm in way over my head Tongue

My confusion lies with the difference between doing gussets like Glorianna's bag or doing it all as one piece of fabric with the corners cut out like Kategirl's bag.  Is there a difference or are they the same thing, just accomplished in different manners?  I think the all one piece looks easier if they are the same thing.  In the end, I want my bag more rectangle like Kategirl's bag but with a seperate flap like Glorianna's as I have a fancy flap picked out.

I have never attempted a true bag before. I have done a wet bag and it's functional, but didn't turn out exactly like the one in the tut.  I greatly appreciate any adivce of helpful hints. I have this great idea in my head, but now I'm going to try to get it down on paper as far as my design and demensions, but the gusset/ jordy thing is messing with me.

Thanks in advaced.
Miranda
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My first recon Tee to wee dress on: October 06, 2007 07:42:05 PM
Ok, here are the pics of my first recon of a t-shirt to a little girls dress.  I used Vegbee's tut along with looking at Cheytown's adaptation to one. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168520.0
Although mine didn't turn out as well as I was hoping for.

http://bayimg.com/JAHeoAAbH
http://bayimg.com/kAhEaAabH

I still have some finishing touches to do, like add a hem to the sleeves and finish the edging around the collar and cross in the front where I goofed and made the binding too small. I also did not make the head opening very big, so I had to put a lace up the side of the shoulder to even get it on her.

The chest is too tight, even with the lacing at the shoulder I barely got it on her. And also the skirt is too poofy as it juts out at the hips a bit.

Any tips on how to make the top of the dress (through the chest bigger) without having to unstitch and redo the whole dang thing?  Otherwise I may just cut off the top and make the bottom into a skirt only. 

It definately was a learning experience, but definately harder than I was expecting. Maybe I just picked too difficult of a design for my first t recon, as I am a begginner.

Thanks
Miranda

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