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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Indonesian coffee-bag purse on: October 21, 2008 08:41:33 AM
I made this for my daughter for school.  Lined in a vintage fabric I found at the thrift store.
It has 3 interior pockets and a magnetic snap closure.  The exterior 'rope' embellishment is tea stained to complement the 'fabric', and is just decorative, although it does draw the bag in a bit to give it it's shape..

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Easy padded laptop sleeve *TUTORIAL included* on: October 10, 2008 07:19:54 AM
Here is a tutorial I thought I'd post because it is soooo easy and quick to make.
Showing my laptop inside.

Here's how you do it:
You will need to have a bit of velcro on hand if you want to have the flap that closes it.  You will also need to have some non-slip rug liner.  This is what gives you the padding. See the picture below.
1.)  Measure your notebook or laptop from the center of one side to the center of the opposite side. ( My sides were nearly 1" deep, so this step is crucial.  Don't just measure from side to side, lay your tape measure down each edge so that you get a true accounting of the amount of fabric needed.)  Do this from top to bottom as well.  You will need to add now for seam allowances.  ADD ONE INCH to 3 sides and 2" to the side where you want your opening to be.  It is necessary to add a full 1" as it can be difficult to work with if the seam is too small.  You can trim later.
2.)  Cut out 1 piece of main fabric and 3 pieces of contrasting fabric to these measurements. 
3.)  Add iron-on interfacing to one piece of main fabric and one piece of contrasting fabric.  These will be the outside of your sleeve.  Here is the front with the interfacing added.

4.)  Cut 2 pieces of the non-slip rug liner and pin them to the 2 remaining pieces of fabric.  Sew theses down in a grid fashion so that it stays in place.  (You must place the rug backing down when sewing, not up as the machine will not accept it facing the needle).   I did a large X, with several more lines running through.  You will need to slightly pull this through your machine as it is non-slip and doesn't really want to go through your feed dogs.  A thing I did was to draw my lines on the fabric so I could keep them straight.

5.)  Next you are just going to sew it up (3 sides only now!) into a pocket. Both exteriors (interfaced) together and both linings together.  When you come to the corners, treat them like this.  Sew about 3-5 stitches across the corner.  You will get a much sharper corner when you turn it.

6.)  Now....trim.  Trim well, especially the corners.  Turn right side out and iron well.  At this point you want to turn under the top edges and top-stitch across it all.  You can trim this way down if you need to in order to reduce bulk.  If you'd like, make a flap and stick it in there in the center and sew it down when you top stitch.  Add the velcro on the tab as well as a bit on the bag.  It's a good idea to put your laptop in and make sure you don't want it a bit snugger (I prefer mine quite snug) and to position the flap and velcro.  I hope this is something that someone will enjoy making and using.   Wink I have no idea how to get this to the tutorial page...anyone?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pamper Me bag on: September 18, 2008 03:28:20 PM
This bag was created for a young woman in our church who was a surrogate for a couple who could not conceive.  She had the baby last month and we are having a Pamper Me 'shower' for her, to perk her up!  It's filled with bath stuffs and lotions.

Here is a little thing I like to do sometimes, add an embellishment!  The ribbon echoes the trim around the bag.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Padded Laptop carrier on: September 15, 2008 05:32:52 PM
I just finished this laptop bag for my daughter today.  I got the fabric free from a specialty fabric house because it had been discontinued.  The handles are wide webbing that I turned under on each side and stitched down, then added fabric trim for reinforcement.  The front shows the pocket I included for her to hold her charger and cell phone.  Zipper goes part-way around the top edge to help facilitate retrieval of the laptop!  Now she can just grab and go when she needs to go to the local coffee house!

Action shot
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Urban gym bag on: September 15, 2008 07:37:29 AM
I made this for my daughter who is in nursing school and wanted a feminine bag to carry her work-out clothes in when she goes to the hospital.  Sits nice and snug on the body with just enough room for all her things.  It is full in this picture (including her runners). Top fabric is Amy Butler, bottom is a medium-toned, heavier-weight gray.

Inside lays really nice and flat, the pocket just jumped down when I took this shot.

Other in-side, oops, a loose thread!
Will try to get an action shot so you can see the proportion better.

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / installing a zipper around two corners with a lining on: September 11, 2008 11:56:40 AM
I am putting together a laptop sleeve that will have a zipper running the entire length of one side, and also onto about 2 inches of each side in order to make getting to the laptop easier.  It's also lined, and I'm not sure how to insall a zipper under those circumstances.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New handbag w/AB fabric on: September 09, 2008 06:57:16 AM
Just finished this last night.  BOY!  Every time I went to the store to purchase something for this bag like the leather tie, the grommets, rivets...they were out of the item or they told me the wrong item was needed to install it!  Anyway, I went ahead and made it without the rivets on the handles and am very happy with it.  It has a pocket inside and a magnetic snap closure.  I want to make a bigger one with a fuller bottom.  This one measures 8 x 11.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / makeup bags (2 styles) on: September 02, 2008 01:28:20 PM
I made these 2 makeup bags from the tutorials page.  They were fun and easy to make.  I made them out of Amy Butler Fabrics that I purchased on Etsy.com since I was unable to find any in my state.

As you can see, I used the motif two different directions.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Circle Earrings (2 styles) on: September 02, 2008 10:44:35 AM
Two earrings I designed for my daughter, who is modeling them.  Brown one is made from embroidery floss with wooden beads, Silver one is made from silver crochet thread, with one glass and a few small metal beads.  These are both very lightweight.  The center and trims were added lastly.  the silver one has more sparkles than it appears, but not 'too'!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Masculine padded laptop/messenger bag on: August 29, 2008 07:28:23 AM
I made this for my 20 year old son who travels overseas with YWAM a lot.  He wanted a padded bag to protect his laptop that did not have an adjustable strap.  This strap is designed to have the pinch-release part on his chest, so that when he is getting in buses or on planes, he just reaches to his chest and pinches, rather than lifting it up over his head.  There are two pockets under the top flap for passport and camera (this one is double padded), and two pockets inside for a book and his Bible.  Plenty of room for his laptop as well as a few other things.  This is made out of a lighter-weight mens' suiting with a heavier lining (gabardine) and interfaced or padded with iron-on.  Zip top closure.

Click if you want a bigger shot.

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