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1  Laptop Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: August 08, 2008 11:21:21 AM
I FINALLY have a reason to make a messenger bag for my laptop.  I am going to work part-time at the school my boys attend and will be doing some work at the school and some at home.  I will need to take my laptop there, so I NEEDED a pretty bag for it!!!

I ordered the closed cell foam mentioned in a post in the questions part.  It is great for such a bag!!

The fabric is by Anna Maria Horner in her new Garden Party line.  I just LOVE it!!!!!!  I think I will make another laptop bag to sell, but I will use a more simplistic pattern!!  I made my own pattern for this bag.  I had a picture in my head of what I wanted - EXACTLY what I wanted!!  It is always worse when you know exactly what you want because then you have to figure out how to do it!!!

I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I originally made it too big (erred on the side of caution) and ended up picking it apart and cutting it down smaller.

It has two sections inside - the one with velcro for the laptop and another section for folders and the power cord, although I think the cord will probably also fit with the laptop.  The front section includes an area of pockets for pens, a calculator, and other little items.

I also included a large pocket on the back for those last minute files and things!

Enough of my rambling, here is the bag!!



Inside the bag:



The back:



Side and bottom shot:




Dolly Parton has her "Coat of Many Colors" and I have my "Bag of Many Colors"!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for looking and commenting!!!
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2  Lots of Items! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: July 18, 2008 07:31:10 PM
I have been rather busy lately with the boys home for the summer.  I had a nice order for the group of bags and items.  The rounded one is reversible - that is why I have posted both pictures!



There is the rounded purse, a tote, a checkbook cover, a key fob, a bank bag, and a cell phone case.



I then finished this one for the lady who cuts my hair:



I am hoping to have time to look at things soon!!!
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3  Re: Need a little help making a gorgeous bag (Any help will be accepted) PLEASE!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by kathigarn on: June 26, 2008 03:36:30 AM
The Frenchy bag by Amy Butler is very similar.  You could get that pattern and modify the way you put on the handles and have a bag that looks like the one you like.
Good luck and have fun!!

This is a Frenchy:

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4  Gifts in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: June 24, 2008 11:30:21 AM
We have friends who recently adopted a little girl from China.  (They already had four boys and decided to add a little girl!!)  My husband will be seeing the proud new father tomorrow, so I have made a little purse for her.

I have had a very good friend since the beginning of our seventh grade year of school WAY back in 1982!!!  She has just recently taken a new job and moved with her family.  I decided I would send something to her, so I made a tote for her in the same fabrics I made the little one. 

They look like "Mommy and Me" bags, but that is just because I really liked the fabric combinations!!  I thought it was fitting for a two year old and thought my friend would also like them.

Both bags have magnetic snaps and pockets inside. 



Thank you for looking!!
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5  Wallet and Change purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: June 22, 2008 06:19:31 PM
I was inspired by the many posts with wallets.  I gathered the tuts I liked best and combined aspects to come up with a wallet like I wanted! 

This is the wallet from the outside:



SHHHH, don't tell anybody, but I sort-of made a mistake and originally put the snap in the wrong place.  When I took it out, I had these little holes on the front.  I made the little yoyo to cover the holes!!  I actually liked the look of it there after adding it!!!  I was glad I had made the little mistake!!!!

Here is the inside unfolded:



There wasn't enough space for all those extra cards, so I also made a little change purse type thing for all of those!!

The outside:



Open:



Thanks for looking and any comments!!

ed. to fix pictures!
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6  Re: Back of the seat, car organizer thingie... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by kathigarn on: June 18, 2008 06:52:51 PM
Something like this?


Based on this one, I think you would make the organizer part and add straps at the top and bottom to attach it to the seat.  I would think you could use velcro on the straps so it is easy to put on and off and so it is adjustable.  It looks like they either have two loops at the bottom to attach to something on each side, or it is one loop that they might tuck down in the seat crease.  I guess that would depend upon your car.
Just my thoughts!  Post a picture once you create it!!
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7  patchwork skirt with matching purse in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: June 12, 2008 05:29:42 AM
I have not made an item of clothing for quite a while.  I love Anna Maria Horner's Chocolate Lollipop line and have had the idea for a little patchwork skirt in the back of my mind for quite a while.  I got some 4"x4" squares of the material and made the skirt.  I then made a purse to match!

The skirt:



I had a patchwork skirt made like this from JCrew about 20 years ago.  I still have it, but I could not find it when I was making my skirt!  I had planned to use it as my pattern, but I just had to wing it.  I thought I bought some elastic for the waist, but after much searching could never find it.  I finally found the receipt from my trip to the store when I thought I had bought it and elastic was not listed!!  I had all three boys (a 6 1/2 year old and 4 1/2 year old twins) with me that day and they had picked fabric for tote bags.  I think the girl checking us out must have gotten overwhelmed by us and forgot to ring up my elastic!  I made a bunch of maternity pants 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest son and put lightweight elastic in those.  I took it out of one pair and used it in the skirt, but I need a stronger elastic.  The elastic I am using now just isn't quite enough to hold it up right!

The purse to match:



Thanks for looking!!!!!
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8  Patchwork Chocolate Lollipop creations in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: June 12, 2008 05:24:08 AM
I got some 4"x4" squares of Anna Maria Horner's Chocolate Lollipop material.  I made a purse using some of the squares and a matching skirt!!

The purse:





The skirt:



I had a patchwork skirt made like this from JCrew about 20 years ago.  I still have it, but I could not find it when I was making my skirt!  I had planned to use it as my pattern, but I just had to wing it.  I thought I bought some elastic for the waist, but after much searching could never find it.  I finally found the receipt from my trip to the store when I thought I had bought it and elastic was not listed!!  I had all three boys with me that day and they had picked fabric for tote bags.  I think the girl checking us out must have gotten overwhelmed by us and forgot to ring up my elastic!  I made a bunch of maternity pants 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest son and put lightweight elastic in those.  I took it out of one pair and used it in the skirt, but I need a stronger elastic.  The elastic I am using now just isn't quite enough to hold it up right!

Thanks for looking!!!!!
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9  Tote bag with crooked fabric in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: June 09, 2008 06:48:30 PM
The bottom fabric was crooked on this.  It really aggravated me!!  Other than that, I like the tote - it is a bigger size.  The crooked fabric makes it look like the purse is crooked, but it isn't --- I have measured it!!

I worked and worked with the fabric, but it just wasn't right.  I thought maybe it would look better after the bag was finished, but it doesn't!

Oh well.

One side:



The other side:



As you can see, both sides are wonky.  It is from the same cut of fabric - I think it just didn't print right!
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10  School tote for teacher in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kathigarn on: June 05, 2008 05:14:35 PM
My oldest son is 6 and graduated from kindergarten today!  His teacher has bought a few of my purses, so I already knew she loved those.  I decided to make a tote she can use coming and going to school.  I did the school logo on it.  It was a last minute decision - I started last night around 8:30 and finished around midnight!!  It was well worth it, though!!




Full shot:




Thank you for looking!!!!!!!!!
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