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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b on: November 09, 2009 10:33:19 AM
TURTLEBEAK - Use a Target bag.  They are the perfect size for this.  I think Walmart bags are more like regular grocery shopping bags which are too small.  Target bags are longer and have a larger gusset.  I also used a small sized one from Jo-Ann to make a lunch bag.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to make square corners? on: September 24, 2009 02:35:02 PM
Here is a good explanation from Craft Apple.  I hope it helps!

http://craftapple.wordpress.com/2007/09/01/sewing-tip-squarely-boxing-those-corners/

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prewashing Flannel - Looks bad after.. on: September 23, 2009 09:06:42 PM
I always pre-wash my fabrics and I've learned to always take fabric out of the dryer while it's still damp and iron right away or it's impossible to get the wrinkles out.  Try to shake out any wrinkles before you put it in the dryer and maybe cut it into smaller pieces before you wash it - I find that 4 yards get tangled up like a sheet but a yard comes out without wrinkles.  Check on it often to make sure that it's not getting bunched up.  For the pilling, just use a very gentle cycle.  It doesn't really need the agitator since it's not soiled, you are just rinsing the starch and stuff out of it.  I always wash my fabrics on a short gentle or hand wash and then just add an extra rinse/spin cycle if it needs it. 

I also noticed there are different types of flannel at Jo-Anns.  I know the cheap ones are like $1/yard on sale but maybe try the next step up with a coupon?  I know they have "quilting flannels" in the back with the quilting cottons.  Maybe those wouldn't pill as bad?

Good luck!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prewashing Flannel - Looks bad after.. on: September 23, 2009 07:38:36 PM
What kind of flannel is it? I've actually thrown away the junk from Jo-Anns after washing it for the same reason.  No amount of ironing made it look nice again.  I think I made cut up some of it into dust cloths...

I'm making a blanket from flannel I bought at my local quilt shop and it looks great.  It irons nicely and it pre-washed fine.  I had to learn the hard way to buy quality stuff Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to make square corners? on: September 23, 2009 06:52:21 PM
If you put a pin through the seams on the top and bottom it will help make it straight.  Also use an acrylic ruler lined up with the center seam & point.  Make sure that the line you draw is the same length on both sides.  Like the ruler should form a T with the seam, make sure the top of the T is the same on both sides.  If one side is longer then your point is slightly off center.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2465/3941096563_c34180ef8e.jpg

You can also cut a square from seam to seam and then pin that together and sew.  Pin pin pin.  I hate pinning, but if it shifts even a little bit it messes it up.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Appliqued Drawstring Backpack (with link to tutorial) on: September 18, 2009 11:18:36 AM
The more I see applique, the more I like it.  This is really cute!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you insert bag clasps? (purse frames) on: September 02, 2009 09:05:16 AM
There are some tutorials on this website: http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/

Scroll all the way down on the right side.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: iron on applique fabric on: September 01, 2009 09:28:29 PM
Do you mean interfacing? I use Heat & Bond Lite.  You can buy it in a package at the craft store for like $3. Hope that helps!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fusible Interfacing/Fleece Question... HELP! on: September 01, 2009 08:45:26 PM
Well I don't know what Amy Butler would do, but this is what I did on a swing bag I just made: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3522/3878464908_f555ca325e.jpg

My seam allowance was 1/4 inch for the fabric and the FF, then I trimmed back the FF.  It's pretty easy to get it to separate from the fabric, you just pull it back and run your finger or scissors along it.  I don't trim the interfacing back, just the FF from bulky seams.  Make sure it catches in the stitching though because you don't want it peeling back inside the bag!

Where did you get 3/4"?
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help-need to find a way to put letters on a tote bag... on: September 01, 2009 06:49:08 PM
Depending on how big the letters are or how many bags you need to make (3 or 10, I wouldn't do 10!) you can try applique!  I use heat & bond lite (it's like $3/pkg) - trace the letter on the heat & bond paper already ironed on, then cut it off, peel back the paper, and fuse.  Then sew around it to secure it.  Here is a bib I made: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3518/3878452408_1811ca6e50_o.jpg

Just google sewing machine applique Smiley
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