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1071  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: AAAARRRRSFGGGG!!!! on: February 24, 2005 02:19:12 PM
I had a really hard time learning how to crochet too.  What I eventually did and worked for me was getting one of the kits that is made for children at the craft store.  It was like 'how to crochet a doll blanket' and it came with a hook, some yarn, and a booklet that showed some basic stitches.  It was really clear since they were writing instructions aimed at kids and it was easy to learn and only cost a few dollars!
1072  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: two new bags... on: February 18, 2005 02:52:24 PM
DO! NOT! USE! Adheisive velcro! I got adheisve velcro from fabricland and attempted to sew it on. The sticky stuff got all over my sewing needle and gummed it up. I had to throw out 4 needles.

I had the same problem with adheisve velcro!  It was a disaster.  The needle and thread got so sticky my machine stopped sewing because the thread wouldn't go through the needle anymore.  I ended up sewing the velcro on by hand.  And even that was a sticky mess!
1073  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hello Kitty Addicts Swap (sign up by 2/28 Mail By 3/11) on: February 18, 2005 10:33:06 AM
I'm so glad you started this!  I have so many hello kitty ideas I can't wait to get started!!! Grin
1074  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swimsuit without a serger? on: February 16, 2005 10:22:03 PM
I used McCall's 8813
1075  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Swimsuit without a serger? on: February 16, 2005 02:45:51 PM
I made one before and used a regular sewing machine's zig zag stitch.  I am pretty sure that's what the pattern I used actually said to use.  I was happy with the results and it has held up well.  I am planning on doing another one the same way.
1076  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keeping Shape (square bottom) on: February 10, 2005 12:58:07 PM
I made some bags the other day where I wasn't able to use interfacing so I just put some sturdy cardboard in the bottom of the bag (not between the lining and the shell) and it worked pretty good.  My sister liked this method better than actually sewing the cardboard into the bag because she liked the idea of replacing the cardboard if it got beat up or wet.
1077  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Photo Shrinky Dink on: February 08, 2005 09:15:35 AM
Wow, I've never tried the ink jet shrinky dinks before.  They turned out really neat!  This is such a cute idea, I think I'll have to get some and try making photo charms for necklaces!
1078  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: hello kitty swap on: February 07, 2005 01:58:09 PM
This sounds like a fun idea!
1079  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: picture purse on: January 31, 2005 11:50:01 AM
That is so cute i never made a purse b4 how did you do it ?tut please

Well basically I printed my photos on the ink jet iron on transfer sheets as 4x6 inch photos and cut them out.  Then I ironed them onto white fabric that I had cut to 4x6 inches plus seam allowances.  Next I ended up cutting the black fabric into squares and rectangles that I could piece together around the iron on piece.  I sewed all the pieces together to make a panel that looked like the piece you cut for a jordy bag.  For this part, I found it was easiest to draw with pencil around the shape of the iron on on the back on the white fabric to give me a line to follow when I sewed it together, so I didnt end up with any white borders between the black and the iron on.  The size of the pieces depends on the size you want your bag to be when finished.  If you want to know what sizes I used, I could find some way to post them.  After I did this for both sides of the bag I just made it like the jordy lined bag.  I made two more of these purses this weekend.  My sisters love them.  They want one made showcasing every pet now!  I could be making these forever. Lol we have a lot of animals!
Hope that answered your question!
1080  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: picture purse on: January 28, 2005 07:54:00 AM
Thanks for the nice comments.  I was a little nervous about the straightness of my stitches too, but the closer you're sewing to the edge the easier it is to be straight.  You just use the edge of the material as your guide. 
A rabbit one would be adorable for easter!  My next project is to make one for my other sister with her dog on it.
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