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21  New Cross Body Bag for my Aunt's Friend in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 04, 2016 06:02:45 PM
Just finished a new bag for my Aunt's friend - I love batik fabrics and have a lot of them - this one on the inside of this purse is so bright and happy! Smiley




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22  Easter Egg Change Purses! Now with more pictures! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: February 01, 2016 02:44:42 PM
Hi all!

So - in thinking ahead, I decided to try making something Easter-related. My bunny-head change purse was a big FAIL (though it could make a cute little stuffy, I suppose . . .)

Here is the second though - Easter Eggs!  


My children told me that it looks like a) a strawberry and b) a carrot. ( Roll Eyes Nevermind that the color is not right for either!)

So I was thinking of either eliminating the tab for a keyring, or at least moving it off to the side so that it's not in the "stem" position.

What do you guys think?? I'd love some constructive criticism!
Thanks! Grin
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23  Steampunk Doctor's Bag Purse for my niece's birthday! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 27, 2016 01:57:20 PM
So my oldest niece turned 18 on the 24th (yay!) and she wanted a steampunk purse as a present from me. I asked her to send me a picture of something she liked, and this is what she sent:


I started by trying to find a metal purse closure, but couldn't find one similar, so got this:


Then I couldn't figure out how to make the bag shape while using the handle . . . THEN the wondrous queenofdiy gave me some links to the right hardware and THIS wonderful pattern for a doctor's bag (which was what that bag my niece liked is actually called) http://swoonpatterns.com/?s=nora&submit=Search
I highly recommend the pattern - there are lots of pieces, lots steps and it's a bit fiddly to put together, but if you follow the directions, it's not TOO hard, and it comes out great! (If I do say so myself. . .  Roll Eyes  )

So I wound up making this for my niece - she told me what fabrics she liked out of several links to various fabric websites that I sent her. (The keys and gears fabric came from equilter, the black pleather came from Joann's)
Here it is:
Front


Back


Close up of pocket with gears and a key sewn on


Inside


A key I attached to the zipper


And I decided to make a small change purse to go with it:


inside (with my hand for size reference - it's tiny!)


Sorry this is so long and picture overload, but it was quite the project and I am very happy with how it came out!  Grin
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24  Water Bottle Carriers in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 26, 2016 06:37:26 PM
These were made to order for my aunt as Valentine's Day gifts for her grandchildren. I love these fabrics!

Skulls:


Gears:


And of course - the label! Smiley


Thanks for looking!
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25  Black and White Bags with faux leather bottoms in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 25, 2016 05:42:16 PM
Hi all! I don't know what's up with the photo-sharing thing right now, but I wanted to post my latest two bags - I made these using the Slouch Bag pattern on YouCanMakeThis.com (http://www.youcanmakethis.com/products/the-slouch-bag). Great pattern!

Origami Animals:


And the inside:


And then Black and White Chrysanthemum:


Other side:


Ladybug inside:


And a Bee!:


These were so much fun to make - the only PITA was the fact that white fabric, even thicker white fabric with interfacing on it, tends to show the lining colors through to the outside - I had to add another layer of fabric in between the inside and outside so that it looked right!

Thanks for looking!  Grin
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26  Two new change purses in red and black brocade! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 23, 2016 10:11:45 AM
Now that I have figured out how to make things with brocade without it fraying to death on me, I LOVE the way it looks!

New ladybug




And new heart:


And, just for fun, a pic of all the various hearts I've been making lately!
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27  New Coin Purse - Black Faux-Leather with Burgundy Brocade Inset in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 22, 2016 06:13:35 PM
So I finally got a teflon foot, but it doesn't quite work with my machine . . . well enough, though, until I get a different one.

I made this coin purse out of some of the scraps I had from the bag I am making for my niece. Here is the coin purse:





In case anyone is interested, here are in-progress shots of the bag I'm making for my niece - it's a doctor's bag (Pattern here: http://swoonpatterns.com/shop/nora-doctor-bag/)

Here are the side pieces, bottom, handles, etc:


Here is the inside - I added a key to the zipper pull:


The main panel with the tab closure:


And the tab up close - I added a few gears to it:


Sorry to jumble two things in at once, but I am super stoked about the bag for my niece, but can't proceed because I am waiting on some supplies to come in the mail!
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28  A couple more hearts - I can't stop myself! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 17, 2016 06:24:53 PM
So here are the latest - I LOVE the skull fabric - may need to order more . . .


And musical notes with owls inside:




Fun and quick to make! Grin
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29  More Valentine's Day heart-shaped coin purses/earbud pouches! (Lots-o-pictures! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 16, 2016 04:34:25 PM
I made a few more of these today - they are cute, relatively easy and don't take too much time!

Here are some more brocade hearts - I had a bear of a time with fraying on previous ones. Someone suggested fabric paint, which helped, but really not enough, so I decided to try some iron-on interfacing I had - that worked wonderfully! Sewing it was much easier, and I think the finished product looks much better!


They have fairies peeking out, too!



And then a red one with silver studs:


And the fairy:


Another soft purple one - this fabric is horrible to sew with - it slides around all over the place! Comes out okay, though:


With its fairy:


A different brocade:


No fairies visible in these, though.  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
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30  Re: Black pleather bag with purse frame - looking for some suggestions! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 14, 2016 07:19:31 PM
So - here is the bag that my niece liked . . .


And here is the purse frame/handle I am going to use:


Steep learning curve for me!!! Shocked

How easy or hard do you all think it would be to do that reverse applique thing (or whatever that's called with the fabric showing through the cutout in the leather)?
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