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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lunch bags (Now with semi-tutorial kind of thing added) on: March 27, 2008 03:16:43 PM
SO I thought it would be cool to make a lunch bag, and copied it from my son's lunch bag (I'll get a pic of that at some point - didn't think of it until now).

So here is my first one:

Sorry that it's on its side - I swore I fixed that before uploading.  Oh, well.  Fixed it!


It's made of placemats inside and out - the inside is a PVC-coated cotton, which I ran out of so I used Corduroy on the flap. 

Here is one I am still in process of making for my dad's 70th B-day:

Inside (with flash - a bit shiny):

Without flash:

And a close-up of the heart applique (a subtle "I love you" on a manly bag):

I used camo twill on the outside and (bright!) orange nylon on the inside of this one.  I didn't use any padding/insulation on the first, as the fabrics were already pretty thick, but the second has batting as well as interfacing, both to keep the shape and to help keep things cool inside. 

I still need to add handles to the second bag, but otherwise, it's about done.  I am going to make another for my mom's b-day - they were inconsiderate enough to have both been born in April, only 8 days away from each other!!

Anyhow, thanks for looking!  Comments/critiques are welcome! Grin

(I don't know why they're all on their sides . . . I'll have to check on that!) Tongue
62  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tweety camera case! on: March 20, 2008 04:30:04 PM
Yay - so my birthday was yesterday and I joined the ranks of the over-the-hill gang (40 now).  My big present was a cool new teeny tiny digital camera, and my kids got me some cool pieces of fabric - one of which was a cute tweety flannel.  I originally made a case entirely out of the tweety flannel, but didn't really love the end result, so decided on this instead:

Here is the inside:

And a close up of tweety:

You can see in the close up that some of the fabric is starting to fray under the stitiching around the edges - I guess I didn't leave quite enough of an edge around the image for stitching on.  Oh, well.  Live and learn.  It's only my 3rd applique, so I'm still pretty happy with it!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A couple of skirts on: January 27, 2008 06:48:41 PM

I'm new to making clothing, at least for myself.  I got the book Sew what - Skirts for Christmas, and recently got around to trying my hand at making some for myself.  This first one was made from a remnant I got at Hancock's, so cost me all of about $4 plus the zipper. 

(ignore my oh-so-fashionable socks!)

This was my first effort, and I put in the zipper before trying it on, only to find out it was WAY too big, so I took in the side without the zipper . . . but didn't take the zipper out to take in that side, and didn't think of darts, so . . . it's a bit lumpy on the one side and the waist comes down lower on that side, too, but I think it's cute and wearable, so, for around $5-$6 total, not too bad!

And here is my second effort:

(I was playing with the photo editing on Flickr on this one . . . )

On this one, I remembered to try it on before putting in the zip, so I was able to take it in evenly on both sides.  Then it was still too big, so I put in a couple of small darts in the back.  Originally I had a bias tape waistband, but I found an embroidered ribbon I liked, so tacked that over the bias tape, and I like the look better. Grin

The only thing I don't really like about this one is that I didn't have a zipper that matched, so used a blue one . . . but I always wear longer sweaters and jackets with skirts, so it won't be seen too much.

Thanks for looking!  Any comments, critiques or helpful hints would be appreciated! Smiley
64  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A few more things I've made . . . on: January 27, 2008 06:38:56 PM
Okay - here are some of the two-tone kleenex cozies that someone on here posted a tutorial for a while ago (a few weeks, maybe?).  Love the tute - very easy, and I love how they came out!  I made 5, but 2 have been claimed already . . .

I'll post a link to the tute if anyone is interested (I have to figure out who posted it first - I'm horrible about remembering such things!) Embarrassed

And here is a small zippered pouch that I made by varying the size a bit on the tutorial for Roly Nesters (again, I can try to find the link if anyone is interested).  I made this one just a bit bigger than the tutorial calls for for the smallest one (there are three sizes that are supposed to nest inside each other), and it is perfect to fit about 8 or 9 tampons in!  I tried the tampon-holder tute, but this works better for me!

Thanks for looking!  Any comments, critiques are welcome! Smiley
65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three new purses! (Pic heavy) on: January 27, 2008 06:33:42 PM

I've been making a bunch of stuff, and only tonight got around to taking pics to post.  So here, not in any particular order . . .

Corduroy bag with floral lining from the tinyhappy tutorial

Inside of bag with pockets (also need to finish the hole in the lining . . . forgot about that until I saw the pic!) Embarrassed

Another tinyhappy bag:


Okay - now here's a bag I'm really happy about - just finished it today:

front view with view of side

back view:

Inside - a zippered pocket!! (my first) and embroidered straps (took a lot longer and a lot more thread than I thought it would):

Inside the pocket is patchwork, too! Grin

Okay - that's enough pics for one post.  I'm really happy about the patchwork one, as I just kind of winged it, and I think it came out okay.  I think I'd either make the angled side panels come closer together on the next one, or put the straps on each end . . . or maybe a zippered gusset instead of magnetic snaps??  Hmmm . . . still trying to figure it out.

Thanks for looking!
66  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Okay, so is there a "sew what - pants" book out there? on: January 19, 2008 03:56:05 PM
Hi! Smiley

I got the Sew What Skirts book for Christmas, and just today made two skirts from it!!!! (Yes, at some point I'll get off my butt and put some pics up in the completed projects spot . . .)

Love, Love, LOVE the book, but I don't wear skirts nearly as often as I wear pants, so I was wondering . . . (insert title of thread here) Grin

Or if anyone just has recommendations for good books to help me get going in that direction, that would be cool.  I am self-taught, and I would estimate my skills at advanced beginner/intermediate, but I have no one to compare myself to, really, as I don't really know many other people who sew.

So - any thoughts???

67  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wallets and another purse . . . on: December 23, 2007 11:39:20 AM
Now that I know how to post pics, here are some more of my recent creations!

Some small cash/card wallets from the happyfrog (I think) tutorial:



And another version of the black bag with blue brocade lining (a friend of my MIL apparently really liked it, so I made another one):

And a little wallet to go with it:

The wallet does have three slots - just that the taller two are made of the lining fabric - the brocade is a bit thick to use and doesn't iron well - it melts.

There - that's pretty much what I have left - everything else has already been wrapped and/or sent for presents!
68  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First post with pics, if it works . . . on: December 23, 2007 09:08:41 AM
Okay - I have been very inspired by all of you talented Craftsters here, so I have been making bags and wallets like crazy recently.  Here are a few, just to see if I can post pics.  If it works, I'll have more photo posts to come!

So - here are some small clutches I made as Christmas gifts for several members of my hubby's family . . .

They all have contrasting lining and a little inside pocket, but I forgot to take photos of the inside before we sent them off.

Here is a bag I made for a friend:

And here's a little Christmas-y purse for one of my son's little friends from preschool.  (it has blck cat lining fabric - forgot to take pics of the lining . . . )

Okay - hope it works!

Any comments/critiques, etc are welcome!
69  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know what thread this is from? on: December 09, 2007 06:24:40 PM

A little while ago I thought I saw a thread on here with some simple zippered pouches - in three different sizes that the person recommended you use as kind of a gift wrap and gift all-in-one.  I thought it was on here - anyone remember it?  I can't find it for the life of me! 

(It's possible that I saw it on a list of other free patterns/tutorials, but I'm hoping not, 'cuz I apparently didn't bookmark it . . . )

thanks for any help you can give me! Smiley
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