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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Overnight bag on: May 09, 2014 01:09:15 PM
The design is my own, no pattern used. The fabric is a vintage geometric print from my collection and brown corduroy. Just a plain dark brown cotton for lining.



Thanks for looking!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Plaid messenger bag on: March 18, 2014 06:21:23 AM
I love plaid! I can't help it.
This bag is my own design. I used reclaimed vintage fabric I found at the thrift store. Again, I used the faux suede from the remnant bin for the bottom of the bag and the strap. I'm online hunting for some more notions so I don't have to keep using these little purse snaps. Luckily it works for this bag, it's not as big as the old man bag. If anyone knows a good website that sells purse making supplies, please post a link, thanks!

This one's my fav, I used some vintage juvenile fabric for the inside of the front zipper pocket.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Old man Bag on: March 05, 2014 12:56:05 PM
This bag reminds me of an old suit jacket with elbow patches. The fabric is a vintage hounds-tooth type polyester knit. I used a thick, microfiber type fabric for the bottom of the bag.
Front of the bag
 

back of the bag

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Striped Corduroy Purse on: February 20, 2014 06:50:30 PM
I am really proud of this one. I've been saving this vintage corduroy for quite some time, hoping my sewing skills would improve enough to dare cut into it. Finally the day has come. I didn't use a pattern or measure anything, I just saw it in my head and made it. I am thrilled with the outcome.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Smurfs Messenger bag on: January 22, 2014 04:21:48 PM
I had a lot of fun making this bag. I used some repurposed smurf bedsheets for the lining, a red polka dot cotton print that I had leftover from making xmas stockings and the outer fabric is a thick suit type material.


6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Replica of vintage bag on: November 11, 2013 07:48:27 AM
My friend had a lovely vintage bag and I liked it so much I made my own! It's not exactly like hers, but very close. I love that it saddles, I can throw it over an arm chair. Plenty of space inside. The back has two large deep pockets, perfect for phone, sunglasses and keys. The lining is a vintage bedsheet. The shell fabric is a yellow canvasy type material, thrifted.

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7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sloths on: November 11, 2013 07:43:37 AM
Just a random urge to make some sloths. I can't stop making them!
I google image searched for inspiration but made my own pattern.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Man in the Yellow Hat on: November 09, 2013 07:25:48 PM
This year, we love Curious George.
I made everything but the yellow shirt and George.
- The yellow pants were originally thrifted yellow scrub pants. Had plenty of leftover material to make the tie.
- The hat is felt, I made my own pattern.
- The belts are black cotton and yellow felt for the buckle.
Mostly sewing with some hot glue here and there.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My new creation on: May 06, 2013 06:06:43 AM
This is my fourth batch of owls, they started out on a white background in color but have evolved to the silver on black.

I've been off craftster for a bit, but I'm back. I've still been busy crafting since my absence, so much in fact I think I'm ready for my very first craft show.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Caring for vintage silk and fabrics?? Handmade heirlooms in need of some help on: August 27, 2010 08:03:15 AM
My mother in law has some precious items handed down to her from her grandmother and mother.

One is a piece of embroidered fabric, looks like a heavyweight muslin - it's been folded for a long time and has some pretty serious creases.

The other is a silk handkercheif that her father got in Tokyo in WW2 in 1948, with a portrait of him handpainted on it.
As far as I know, it's never been washed. It too, has been stored folded for quite a while.

While showing me this stuff, I told her what little I knew about storing and caring for vintage fabrics. I noted the creases and said it's good to take that stuff out occasionally and refold a different way.

However, the creases are so severe, I told her it may be better to lay them out for a while to see if the creases ease up. I told her to make sure they weren't in sunlight and all that good stuff.

I'd really like to help her get the creases out of these items so they can be framed, that way they'll last a lot longer.

Any advice on getting the creases out of either item?

The embroidered muslin seems like it may be okay to hand wash with a very mild soap, although I'm not sure what kind. Then hand dried and gently pressed. Does that sound right?

I'm totally lost on the silk. For one, it's hand painted and I have no idea if the paint is water soluble. What a tragedy if she lost it. I'm not sure what heat would do to it, either. Not sure if ironing is a possibility, even at a low setting.

Thank you for taking the time to read.
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