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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Political Statement Zipper Pouches on: February 11, 2016 02:46:10 PM
So - with the presidential campaigns all revved up, I thought it would be appropriate to make some politically-themed zipper pouches!




Old-fashioned voter buttons:

Pick a side, and show your colors!!   Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Cross Body Bag for my Aunt's Friend 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

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Easter Egg Change Purses! (prototype) 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
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Doctor's Bag Purse for my niece's birthday! 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:


Close up of pocket with gears and a key sewn on


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
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Water Bottle Carriers 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!



And of course - the label! Smiley

Thanks for looking!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black and White Bags with faux leather bottoms 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
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two new change purses in red and black brocade! 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!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Coin Purse - Black Faux-Leather with Burgundy Brocade Inset 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!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A couple more hearts - I can't stop myself! 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
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / More Valentine's Day heart-shaped coin purses/earbud pouches! (Lots-o-pictures! 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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