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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: fabric lunch bag (pics included) on: September 17, 2008 04:55:08 AM
Very cute bags in this post! Absolutely love the mushrooms above.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Lunch Related Carrying Items! Sandwich Wraps on: September 06, 2008 06:15:15 PM
Here is a PUL sandwich wrap I made today:




3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Lunch Related Carrying Items! Sandwich Wraps on: September 05, 2008 07:55:58 PM
This is from http://www.celticclothswholesale.com/pages/PULFabric.htm
PUL, otherwise known as polyurethane laminated fabric, is a lot more technical than just a plastic backing on fabric.  The original application is the medical field, and it is still used for this purpose.  Like cloth diapers, it is used to replace disposable products with reusable.  It provides the waterproof barrier needed in the medical field that can survive multiple institutional washings.  The laminate can also be autoclaved, which is a very high heat steam sterilization process, to make it safe for reuse even after it comes into contact with blood or other bodily fluids.

I personally used it next to the sandwich, but I suppose it is up to personal discretion.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Lunch Related Carrying Items! Sandwich Wraps on: September 05, 2008 12:45:11 PM
Joanne's didn't even know what I was talking about when I called them. I ordered online. Most of the PUL outlets online also sell diaper making supplies I noticed.

As for a pattern, I used an octagon, though a circle works fine too, about 12 inches in diameter. 
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Lunch Related Carrying Items! Sandwich Wraps on: September 05, 2008 08:33:38 AM
The sandwich held up well with minimal dryness for a good three hours.  I have since purchased some PUL fabric for sandwich wraps and that works astonishingly well! No drying out of the bread at all for many hours. I still have more PUL, so I hope to be making more soon.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Lunch Related Carrying Items! Sandwich Wraps on: September 03, 2008 04:06:03 AM
I'd love to see the finished results!!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Auto Litter Bucket (Now with tute) on: August 21, 2008 06:18:31 PM
Thanks OnePrettyThing! Great site you have there!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Auto Litter Bucket on: August 20, 2008 11:03:48 AM
Wow thank you all for the kind comments!

I'll try to answer a few of the questions.

I didn't use interfacing, the outdoor fabric held up well alone.  I found that fabric while I was out today, still on the bolt.  It said 100% Polyester with PVC backing.

The car is actually my hubby's - mine is HORRID!!!!  I don't remove it while driving and have not had any trouble with shifting.  In my van, I actually stick it over the seat belt latch (the one that comes up from the floor).  I've got ideas for doing one with an adjustable strap too, just haven't gotten around to it.

As for a tute, I am so bad at writing good ones that I give up half-way thru, but I'll give you a half-arsed tute on the top post.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Auto Litter Bucket (Now with tute) on: August 20, 2008 04:20:37 AM
I really needed something in the car to stash litter.  What do you think?

I started with my 9 inch pie plate as a template for the circle bottom, cut out a 8 inch tall band to go around. The interior fabric is some outside patio fabric I found in the remnant bin; the exterior 100% cotton. Tute now follows pics by request.






Find something round to trace - I used a 9 inch pie plate.  Cut out a circle from your hefty outdoor material and from your cotton material. Cut a really long piece as wide as you want it tall. I think mine was about 8 or 9 inches wide. For length, I used roughly 27 inches long, after the second one.  But the first time I just used a really long piece.  ((There is a formula, but it never works for me!))

Now, sew a "stay stitch" line a half inch from one of the long edges of the long pieces. You are not sewing anything together, just a line. Now cut little snips along that same edge about an inch apart, but don't go past your stay stitch line.  This helps that long material go round the circle.  You'll have to do this for both the cotton and outdoor long pieces. NOTE: I found I needed to use a longer stitch on the outdoor fabric.

Now sew the circle to your long piece.  Be sure right sides are together and you are sewing along the edge that you stay-stitched and snipped.  Leave the first inch or two of the beginning of the long piece unsewn. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance. When you start, be sure to backstitch a time or two. Sew a little, then rearrange the long piece so that it curves around the circle piece. No, I didn't pin - it was easier without the pins but make sure that stay stitch line doesn't show, sew right on top of it.) Once you get around the circle, stop about 1/2 inch away from where you started and backstitch a time or two.  With any luck, you'll have a wad of extra fabric at the end. Pull the whole thing out of the machine and use fingers or pins to judge where that seam for the long rectangle should be.  Line up the long rectangle's sides so that they are even.  You'll want to stitch the seam nice and perpendicular to the sides now. Back in the machine!

Now that the side seam is done, trim off all the excess material and go back and finish that little bit of circle that isn't done.  These are the thrills of sewing with no measurements.  (If you DID have excellent measurements, you could sew the long rectangle into a tube first, then sew onto the circle in perfect precision.)
Do this same circus act with the outdoor material, but remember the longer stitch length might be needed.

Now, Cotton material bucket should be right side out, but lining material bucket needs to be right side in.  Stick the cotton bucket inside the lining bucket. The two right sides will be touching. Now sew around the top edge with a 1/2 inch SA, leaving a gap for turning.  Don't forget to back stitch at start and stop points. 

Birth the bag! This is always my favorite part.  Turn your bag right side out (and if you are like me, you've made your gap too small and it takes some minutes of labour to get it all situated). Stuff the lining back down into the bucket.  It should look nearly done!

Top stitch 1/4 inch around the bag, being sure to tuck the material at that gap down and make it look nice and smooth.

Figure out how long you want your strap, cut and sew a tube and turn it right side out. Tuck the ends of the tube back inside 1/2 an inch and sew with reinforcing x's onto the bag straddling the side seam.








10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop Bag Birthday Pressie on: August 06, 2008 05:40:09 AM
Hi all! Little Sis's birthday was the 1st. She's going back to school at the ripe old age of 28! Way to go Sis! As a great surprise, her in-laws and our mom got her a laptop that would actually handle the programs she needed to use for school.

So, for my part I whipped up this quilted laptop bag with batting to cushion the fragile electronics. The outside has a large pocket with a smaller buttoned pocket. Inside I have room for the laptop and a big folder pocket too.  The strap is also padded with batting. I think she's coming over today, hope she likes it. What do you think?



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