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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teacher gifts 2010 - drawstring backpacks! on: May 22, 2010 08:00:30 AM
Okay - so here are my efforts at teacher gifts for the end of this year:

Drawstring Backpacks!!


Orange:


Blue:


Black:


And here's a pic of the way I did the grommets:


I adapted this tutorial:
http://happythings.typepad.com/happythings/2006/04/the_mama_backpa.html

I decided that instead of making a separate piece for the bottom, I'd just square out the corners ala Jordy style, and leave it at that.  I also didn't feel like investing in a $22 grommet press, so I bought the 1/4" eyelets and used 2 on each side instead (see above).  That way, I could just use my trusty hammer to set the eyelets in (they come with a little eyelet tool that you bash with a hammer).

Fabric is from IKEA (so is the lining, but I forgot to take pics of the lining).  I figured out that all told, each bag cost a bit under $8, so not too shabby, eh?

Comments and criticisms welcome!! Grin
62  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Question about backing fabric on: May 07, 2010 05:30:24 PM
Hi all!  Okay.  So, I've (almost) finished my quilt top using my jelly roll, and I really like how it's coming out!!  Now, the top is made from entirely unwashed fabrics, having come in a jelly roll, and the batting will also be unwashed.  I have several different fabrics I could possibly use to back it, but . . . they are all pre-washed.  What do people think about having a quilt made with unwashed fabric on top and prewashed on the backing??  I am worried about the different rates of shrinkage potentially ruining my nice, pretty quilt! Cry

Any help would be appreciated!! 

Thanks! Grin
63  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finally finished my Queen-sized pinwheel quilt!! (pic heavy) on: March 21, 2010 10:04:09 AM
Hi!  So I'm not even sure when I started this, but it has been several months.  Probably not a full year . . . At any rate, here it is!!

Hanging from the back deck:


It's a little windy today, so it wouldn't quite lay flat, but you can see most of it!

Close up of part of it:


Close up to show the quilting:

The quilting is far from perfect, but I'm generally happy with it!  I quilted the whole thing by hand - not out of some sense that the traditional way is the way to go, but rather because my machine is not big enough to shove that much material through!

More of the quilting:


On the bed:


And another:

The left side, with the flames and skulls, is my dh's side.  Mine is the other  side with the prettier fabrics!   Wink

I am soooooo happy to be done with it!  (Now on to the next, right?! Cheesy)

Thanks for looking!
64  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / prewashing quilt top? on: March 05, 2010 04:42:54 AM
I hope this is not a repeat question - I did a search and then looked through a page or two and couldn't find anything that looked like this.

I am planning on making a quilt with a jelly roll, and I know I am not supposed to prewash the pre-cut strips.  But - do I then prewash the quilt top and the backing before making the sandwich and quilting it?  Or do I just leave EVERYTHING unwashed until it's all together?  I am just concerned that the backing fabric might shrink more than the top, that the batting will shrink at a different rate, etc and make the finished product look bad after its first wash.

So - what is the verdict on this??

Thanks! Smiley
65  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Not sure if this belongs here . . . Reversible Napkins! on: February 21, 2010 03:39:22 PM
Well, I thought I would be green and thrifty, and use up some of the larger leftover pieces of fabric to make cloth napkins for the family. 

Here they are:

Cars and trucks for my son:


Dragonflies and bunnies for my daughter:


Chilis and bad-danna fabric for me and DH:


And lastly, blueprint reversing to stripes (not for anyone in particular):


And then a pic of them folded so that they show off both sides, which is one of the things I like about making them reversible!:


Thanks for looking!! Cheesy
66  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slouch bag for SIL on: February 11, 2010 03:21:39 PM
Okay - so here is my slouch bag for my SIL that I made from stripwork - I really like it and am tempted to keep it for myself . . .

The whole bag:


Close up of the fabrics used:


Lining (with wallet to weight it down some):


Butterflies in the pocket!!


Sorry for the blurriness of some of the photos - don't know why I couldn't get a clear shot of the interior. Huh

Thanks for looking!
67  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Polka-Dotty Slouch Bag on: February 11, 2010 07:25:30 AM
So here is my newest creation - the Slouch Bag!



I got the pattern from youcanmakethis.com, and have wanted to try it for a while.  I am going to make one from stripwork for my SIL, but wanted to try it out first so I could work out the bugs.

Here is the inside with the happy, bright orange lining:


And the Zipper pocket - gotta have a zip pocket!!


Thanks for looking!  I'll post my SIL's bag when I get it done, too. Smiley
68  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Three twirl skorts for my girly tomboy! (Action shots response #5) on: February 09, 2010 04:56:34 AM
I bought the tutorial from Youcanmakethis.com - twirl skorts!

Butterflies over dragonflies!


For valentine's day coming up:


Ariel!  My dd picked out the fabrics for this on from my stash:


The shorts underneath are actually ruffled bloomers, so they look like another layer of skirt underneath.  Pretty, but still keeping my daughter from showing off her undies when she hangs upside-down from the monkey bars!

Thanks for looking! Grin
69  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Thought I'd share my teacher gifts this year . . . on: December 13, 2009 07:11:13 PM
Since I found our water bottle carriers to be so useful (and cute!), I thought I'd make some for the kids' teachers this year.  I let them pick the outside fabric (the inside is all the same - a white on tan snowflake pattern - forgot to take a pic!), and then made strips of an off-white fabric that I let them draw on with fabric markers to personalize them a bit.

Here they are:


Slightly different angle:


And with one of the artists posing for posterity  Grin:


I put new water bottles in each, with a packet of one of those drink mixes made for water bottles, and wrapped them up.  Hope they like them!

Thanks for looking!  Any comments and/or critiques welcome!

Oh - and it's the same tute I used in my previous post about these - you can look it up - I can't remember the tute ATM . . .
70  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Luigi (of Mario Brothers fame) and a camoflage jet airplane! on: October 31, 2009 06:17:19 PM
So, after making these largely fleece costumes for my kids, it's 80 degrees(!) on Halloween night!  They wore slightly altered versions of these for actual trick-or-treating . . .

Luigi:

- I hadn't yet put another elastic thread on the right hand glove, so it's a bit floppy - I fixed it for Halloween!

Jet Airplane:

This is where you can see the cute boy wearing the costume (not that I'm biased or anything . . . )

flying:


Coming in for a landing:

You can really see in this pic the reflective tape I put on the back so that cars would be able to see him . . . turned out not to matter - we were out mostly when it was still light out!

Thanks for looking!!

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