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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse & Tote on: January 30, 2008 08:32:41 PM
I went to visit my parents last week for the first time since Ive been married (almost 4 months!) so I wanted to try out some bag skills for my mom. *grin*

The first bag is a large tote for her office supplies, books, notebooks, etc. I used this tutorial for the shape and made it 30% larger. There is an outside pocket with button-flap closure and inside there is a slit-lined pocket and pencil pocket. It went together really well and looks awesome. I just interfaced the primary fabric but interfacing the lining would make it stiffer/nicer. Also, I made a cardboard insert for the bottom to hold it stiff. I have learned my lesson to use stronger interfacing/quilting for sure.


Outside pocket:

Inside pockets:

And a couple adorable tissue holders:

This bag went together in about half a day.much different than the next.

The purse gave me SO much trouble! I made it for my mom and spent way too many hours figuring it out and many more hours ripping seams and being completely frustrated.

Pros: adorable matching ribbon trim, pockets inside, three pockets lining the outside bottom, cute fabric, and my mom loved it. Cheesy

Cons: I wanted a zippered gusset but it didnt work out, the interfacing wasnt stiff enough, Im still learning. Cheesy


Two ribbon-folded bows on the front: (the bottom one goes through a button-hole to hold the pocket up and separate it a bit)

Ribbon tie top: (I attempted a zippered gusset but my machine didnt like sewing through that much bulk. *sad*)

Credit card divider with pocket behind for money:

Zippered pocket with invisible zipper as it was all I had:


2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Zippers, snaps on: January 24, 2008 12:35:24 PM
I'm looking for a good supplier for zippers (all sizes/colors) and magnetic snaps for bags.  I've searched Craftster but I couldn't pull anything up. Any suggestions? I have been buying in store but that is expensive!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Headbands on: December 30, 2007 01:01:10 AM
I found some tutorials and patterns on craftster/online for headbands so I tried my hand at a few for my sister and friend. I don't have photos of the last couple but I started with these. She loved them. Smiley

Simple with exposed elastic.
With ties.
Same with ties.

Also - if this is the wrong forum to post in please direct.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross-Stitch Bear with Flower on: December 30, 2007 12:57:35 AM
I cross-stitched this over a few weeks in the evening as a gift for my mother.

Bear with Flower

In frame with scrapbook paper matting.

She loved it!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jordy Purse & Wristlet on: December 30, 2007 12:54:20 AM
I absolutely love love Craftster and I'm finally posting my own projects - yay! I love the tutorials all over the board - I get a lot of instruction and inspiration here.

My first purse without a pattern! I used the great Jordy tutorial and made a matching purse and wallet with snap closures. I don't have pics of the wallet though...it was very simple from another tutorial.

Purse Handle



Top View

Wristlet 1
Wristlet 2
Wristlet 3

I send the purse/wallet to my best friend and the wristlet full of nail polish, lip gloss and a handmade headband to another friend.

I am not very good at this yet....so many mistakes! And still quite sloppy sewing but it was so much fun I'm going to keep it up. Cheesy

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