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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Roll up first aid kit on: October 16, 2009 02:30:48 AM

Could not find the link to the page you noted, however, you can easily make up a fabric first aid kit by making two large rectangles, one large, and the other one same size but a lower height. You can sew these two together, and then sew vertigal lines across the lower height pieces, these will become the pockets for your items.
You can also add a ribbon to one side to tye it together.
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: glasses case... on: October 16, 2009 02:28:56 AM
Hi Debzy

Welcome to Craftster!

Ok, so you have quite afew ideas, your options are endless but just to get your mind ticking.

You can sew a rectangle as a glasses cases numerous ways, for example someone recommended using a vinyl which will be a bit sturdy.

You can also use a funky printed cotton, and fuse it with a heavy weight fusing, and also line it.

You could buy a hard case somewhere cheap, and then using a good fabric glue cover it with a new fabric, cover the raw edges inside with a ribbon

Hope that helps
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clutch purse problem on: October 16, 2009 02:26:01 AM
Hi Tiger Eyes

I would recommend McCalls, Butterick, or Vogue patterns.
Although some of them are limited, I have found some good ones and an especially nice one from Vogue.

I keep an eye out on all their websites as you can buy the patterns online and also they have sales when the patterns are half price, or buy 1 get 1 free Smiley

Alternatively you can message me if you want to describe the type of clutch you are after so I can point you in the right direction.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Messenger bag help! on: October 16, 2009 02:22:52 AM
Hi Amigurumi4Life

Your best bet to be honest would be to stick with a "Woven" non-stretch fabric, if you are making a bag out of it.
Most newbies have the same problem, using the wrong fabric for a project - I've done this numerous times, and wasting many hours!
By sticking with a woven fabric, when you cut your pattern out with the grain you will not have any weird stretching or strange shape of fabric that you would of had with a stretchy fabric.

There are so many woven *non stretch* fabrics that are great for bag making, ultimatley you want something with a medium weight. However, you need to ask yourself - what will this bag contain, how often will it be used?

If you are going to use this on a daily basis to carry quite a few items (even books) you may want to use a medium-to heavy weight fabric, and use an medium-heavy weight fusing, so it will remain some what stable.

If this is only going to be used on an time to time basis and not carry anything to heavy, you have the option of using a light weight to medium fabric with a lightweight or medium fusing.

Keep in mind, as you get more experienced you can use different fabrics for the inside bag / lining pieces like satins which always spice things up. I sometimes use satins for inside of bag, as you can get alot of colours and looks nice with a bit of sheen, but most of the time I like to keep with Cottons as they are always nice and krisp and look great.

Hope that helps! Smiley
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Purse making on: October 16, 2009 02:16:08 AM
Like everyone else has said, stay away from any of those fancy frames for now while you're learning!
When I first started making purses, I used to make them with a magnetic catch, and now I make them also with zips.
It's probaly best to start with some cheap fabric, like a printed cotton, and also invest in buying some metres of light weight fusing. I swear by the fusing, it helps you heaps! It adds some stabilty to fabric and alittle bit of stiffness, I don't go the real heavy cardboard like fusing  I go a very light - to medium fusing. You'll also find if you use fusing it will make it easier to sew.

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Triangle make up bag on: October 16, 2009 02:11:29 AM
these look great, love the barbie fabric
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crazy 'bout wallets...(pic chunky) on: October 16, 2009 02:10:22 AM
these look great, and very professional
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flowery sling on: October 16, 2009 02:07:23 AM
looks really good! I love the print
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Monster Purses on: October 16, 2009 02:04:00 AM
They look great, I know the fur is hard to sew!
You're best bet would be to get the correct needle that can handle heavy fabrics, and also if you are lining your monsters (so you cant see the inside raw edges) try using a light weight cotton for lining.
Hope that helps Smiley
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: well, tried to make my own pattern... on: October 16, 2009 02:02:37 AM
Good work, looks good!
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