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1  Birdy Birdie Sling! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by samiam4321 on: June 01, 2009 05:09:12 PM
Just wanted to show you guys a new bag I made from Amy Butler's Birdie Sling pattern...

I used a light pink Joel Dewberry fabric from his "Aviary" line for the outside...



and for the contrast bands and interior panels, I used a coordinating vintage Waverly print in fuschia. I used a chocolate brown fabric with pink roses to make up the pockets. I also added a magnetic snap to the interior, to keep this gigantic purse closed Smiley



I gave it to my mom for her birthday- I think she liked it!
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2  Re: Givers and Needers Swap R 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by samiam4321 on: April 24, 2009 06:24:18 PM
I received from quaggy, my angel, today! Boy, was I spoiled! Warning, pic heavy!
First, you will see my cute tired little duck- flying to bring me my package must have tuckered him out!


Quaggy wrote me a beautiful Thank you note, and also sent some wonderful handmade cards!



Learning that I admire needlepoint, she made me my own personalized box (sorry about the flash):


And, inside the box were all these goodies!
Sewing Notions:

Birdie Fabric (these are just gorgeous!)

and embroidery floss! (She also included a beginner's cross stitch kit, which I could not get a good photo of....)


Also, since she read that I love birds, she got me this adorable notebook and memo pad set...

and these cute magnets! (already on my fridge!)


She also sent some Texan candy and a thimble from Texas. (Can't find those photos)
Thank you so much quaggy! You really made this swap a positive experience for me! You are the sweetest angel ever  Cheesy




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3  Bag Bonanza! [ aka, I haven't uploaded pictures to my computer in a while] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by samiam4321 on: September 25, 2008 04:15:03 PM
As the title suggests, I have been a bit behind about posting my creations to Craftster...

Without further ado, here is what I have been up to lately! This one is made of a vintage soft gray corduroy-like fabric, lined with a pink silk brocade.

an insight peek...


Then, we have a lined zipper pouch- the fabric on this was really cool, because it was pre-pleated.

an inside peek...


This bag represents my first attempt at applique- I love how it turned out! The inside is lined with the orange and brown fabric checked fabric that is used in the applique, and the outside is a brown tweed.

Here is a close-up of the applique


This is a zippered pouch with a key ring, crafted out of fabric I received in a swap (thanks whoopdedoo_5!)


And finally, the bag I am most proud of creating, is an Amy Butler Birdie sling. I crafted this using heavy fabrics, wools and tweeds, in an attempt to make this a bag suitable for fall for my future mother-in law. I would recommend using lighter fabrics- I broke a needle at the end going through all those layers! I added a snap to keep the bag closed.



Here you can see by birdie lining pocket (That fabric was also from whoopdedo_5!)



aaand a shot of the other pocket (sorry so blurry)


Any comments are always appreciated!
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4  Re: Givers and Needers Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by samiam4321 on: September 25, 2008 03:46:11 PM
I get to start the gallery- hooray! I received my fabulous package from RubyTue today- she really outdid herself with her generosity! I am so thrilled!

I apologize in advance for my poor photography skills...

First off, I received a TON of fabrics...plus two suede patches (seen at the bottom) Here is a group shot


And now, we have a close up of some of my favorite prints

Aren't those monkeys adorable? And so soft!

Then, she sent me a bunch of dress and purse patterns-

I'm so excited to start making some of these bags and dresses- looks like most of the patterns were of the easy variety, which is great for a beginner like me!

Then RubyTue sent some awesome notions/accessories...

A zipper, purse handles, some key rings (which I use all the time!), piping, and some beads! I also forgot to include the craft flowers and a piece of fabric with frolicking skeletons on it.

Thank you so much RubyTue!
I only hope I can craft you a Thank-you that is worthy of your generosity  Smiley
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5  Re: Givers and Needers Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by samiam4321 on: July 28, 2008 05:10:15 PM
I received today from whoopdedo_5- she is so generous!!! Smiley

Here is a group shot (sorry this picture is a little fuzzy)...


A TON of fabric scraps, with all sorts of cute cartoon prints, animals, bright colors and patterns!

Here is a close up shot of my favorite pieces...


I just love the brown bird print, and the aliens are adorable. Since my fiance is kind of a comic book freak, I'm saving the spiderman fabric for a special project for him!

Thank you so much whoopdedo_5!
I just sent my thank you package in the mail today Smiley
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6  Re: Swap a Yard of Fabric May/June in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by samiam4321 on: June 25, 2008 05:52:28 PM
I'd love to claim mangomerie for the yard of geometric patterened cotton flannel, please!

I will post my fabric in 10 minutes

....Sorry for the delay, my computer was acting up.



One yard available. Bright purple, red, yellow, pink, and green print with some black print overlay. Feels like cotton, but as it was obtained at a yard sale, really can't be sure.


2/3 yard available. Cotton pale green on hunter green print.


2+ yards available. Cream cotton with hunter green stripes, black stripes, and cream stripes.



Fat quarter available. Pale peach with mauve, white, and soft green  dandelion print. Fiber content unknown, feels like cotton.


Fat quarter available. Khaki-colored cotton solid.


2+ yards available. Likely cotton. Moda fabric- this one is hard to photograph. Pale cream with faintest traces of yellow and peachy print.
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7  Who knew tampons could be so swanky? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by samiam4321 on: April 20, 2008 09:12:44 PM
Now presenting a swanky tampon wallet, adapted from a tutorial found on Craftster that has since been removed.

The case is made from leather obtained from a thrift-store mini skirt. The seam on the outer case is a seam from the skirt.
The lining of this case is made from a pink cotton that was also a thrift store find. The original tutorial called for a magnetic clasp... since the craft store near me was out of those, I used a metal snap  instead. I recommend using the magnetic clasp, because the simple snap is pretty weak, and I already tugged it off accidentally.   Roll Eyes







The ever important action shot....



Hope you guys enjoy!
Comments are always welcome and appreciated.
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8  Zipper pouch, basic tote, swanky tampon wallet- image heavy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by samiam4321 on: April 20, 2008 09:07:41 PM
Just got a chance to upload these...

The first bag is a zipper pouch created using one of the easy tutorials on craftster- it was my first zipper ever!

The outer fabric is a thick gray tweed freecycled from Craiglist, and the inner fabric is a minty green cotton, also freecycled from craigslist. The flower applique is teal velvet, with a vintage button on top.
I also fashioned a zipper pull from ribbon, which is not shown very well in these pictures.






The second bag is a simple tote made from blue and white cotton toile. The bag is unlined, but I am thinking about going back and adding a lining to make it more finished. I'd add an action shot of me carrying the bag, but since no one else is home right now, that will have to wait...
Sorry this picture is on its side- I tried to correct it in photobucket, but the program is being wonky right now...



This is a close-up of this cute fabric! Grin


The final project is a swanky tampon holder, adapted from a tutorial found on Craftster that has since been removed.

The case is made from leather obtained from a thrift-store mini skirt. The seam on the outer case is a seam from the skirt.
The lining of this case is made from a pink cotton that was also a thrift store find. The original tutorial called for a magnetic clasp... since the craft store near me was out of those, I used a metal snap  instead. I recommend using the magnetic clasp, because the simple snap is pretty weak, and I already tugged it off accidentally.  Roll Eyes






The ever important action shot....


Hope you guys enjoy!
Comments are always welcome and appreciated.
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9  Pleated Clutch and Shoulder Bag- My first bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by samiam4321 on: April 04, 2008 09:29:03 AM
Thanks to some awesome tutorials online, I made these two bags- a pleated clutch, inspired by Laurasaurus' "Classy Pleated Clutch" tutorial, and a shoulder bag, using an excellent tutorial found on Threadbangers.com website (http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html)

Since I don't have a free-arm sewing machine, and my lining for the clutch was thick velvet, I hand- sewed the band on the pleated clutch- This came out fine, but I think next time I will pick material better suited to the project.

The shoulder bag was crafted out of free material from craigslist (the best kind!)- the lining doesn't match perfectly, but I think it adds some character...

Shoulder Bag:



Pleated Clutch:




Let me know what you think!
I'm a beginning sewer, so I am working on my craftsmanship Smiley
I'm so inspired by the creativity on this site!
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