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3811  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby gift bag on: May 22, 2010 05:34:11 PM
One of my co-workers is due June 10th, so of course, I had to make her and her baby a homemade gift.  (And pray that she lasts out the rest of the school year!)  I sewed her two burp cloths and a bib, but once that was done, I realized I had nothing to put it in.

Joann's Fabric to the rescue!  I purchased a plain brown bag, some animal stickers (the nursery is jungle-themed) and some elephant ribbon.  Some cutting, use of the permanent markers and a bit of glue, and I came up with this:



I used a stencil and the markers to do the 'It's a boy!' bit.




I made the card separate so she can re-use it for her other friends who will have baby boys. 

She thought it was really cute. Smiley
3812  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Another take on DIY pet litter! on: May 22, 2010 05:22:28 PM
So very cool!  Thank you - I'm going to have to try this.  Carefresh is a bit spendy!
3813  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Side gusset/pleat in purse on: May 22, 2010 02:00:37 PM
Ooh hmm.  It looks like if you leave the top part of the seam un-sewn.  You'd need two extra pieces (probably triangles) of fabric tacked over the open part of the gusset and sewn in around the edges before adding the lining.  

OR you could make the outer part of the bag a bit wider and then bring the edges together at the sides, creating a gusset/pleat by doubling up the fabric.  

So you'd make the two outer fabric pieces X" long (however long you wanted the purse to be, plus four inches or so), sew the two sides of the bag together (the short sides), right sides together.  
Turn right side out.  
Measure out an inch or two from each seam and then mark with an erasable pen.  
Pull those two marks until they meet, making a pleat - pin.  
Turn right side in and pin up the side until it's where you want the open gusset to begin and sew that seam.  I'd probably backstitch at the top, too, to give it extra reinforcement.
Press the original side seam so it lies flat against the seam that makes the pleat.
Turn right side out.  It SHOULD give you a nice side gusset pleat.  Might be a bit thick, with the interfacing and all, but it wouldn't be unmanageable.

Not sure if these directions make sense to anyone who isn't me, though.  But you've got me thinking and now I want to make a bag like this.  I may have to try that.  I've got some awesome fabric for it, too.  Cheesy  if I do, I'll take in-progress pictures.


ETA: Or you could make the pleat the easier way and ...

Sew up both sides.
then move in an inch (or so) and sew up 3/4 of the way up on both sides (or more, depending on your preferences).
Turn right side out - you'll have a pleat (it'll require pressing, though.)
3814  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Side gusset/pleat in purse on: May 22, 2010 11:47:16 AM
I think I know what sort of side you mean.  Is it something like this?

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5IH38QIGJ_Y/SpjiaSr8opI/AAAAAAAABKk/DVZMqXhmqDw/s400/side+view.JPG
(from projectsbyjane - this is NOT a purse I made)

3815  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Suggest Themes for a Challenge! on: May 22, 2010 09:26:03 AM
What about a beach/pool themed bag?  (Pockets for various things, or a general beach/pool applique design or something)

Rainbow is always a good theme, too, in my book. Cheesy  Or nature-themes (birds, animals, trees).

How about a music-themed bag?  Either a specific song or just music in general?
Poetry-themed?  Again specific poem or general theme.
3816  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Givers and Needers #7 Gallery! on: May 22, 2010 09:15:59 AM
Okay here is the fabulous collection of goodies that dreadlocklove sent me!  I have been absolutely spoiled, and I intend to use the goodies to spoil my friends and family. Cheesy  

The whole lot: (books in the back, lots and lots of awesome patterns for bags, kids clothes and woman's clothes - WOOOT!), velcro, bindings, zippers of all sizes and colors, and some absolutely gorgeous fabric!  I am so excited by the patterns and the pink and green and grey fabric is SO SOFT.  The grey fabric may end up being made into pillows for my grey and white bedroom. Cheesy  The pink, I think, will end up being a dress for my niece, using one of the patterns, and the flowered fabric will totally be a purse from one of the bag patterns!  There are also two packs of twin needles and some really cute labels that say 'From your favorite aunt' - totally going to put this in the dress for my almost-niece. Cheesy



Closeup of the fabrics (somehow the grey fabric ended up being left out of the picture, but it's AWESOME):


Closeup of the books (total SQUEE about them - soooo many awesome ideas!)



Thank you, dreadlocklove!  I hope my thank you gift gets there soon, though I don't know if it even compares to the fabulousness that you sent me!

THANK YOU, DREADLOCKLOVE!!!!
3817  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Suggest Themes for a Challenge! on: May 22, 2010 05:47:05 AM
MareMare - prizes of whatever you could scrounge up would work fine!  Or perhaps purse/bag making items? (Nifty fabric and purse handles or something?)

And I love the book idea!
3818  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What would you like to see on the Purse board on: May 21, 2010 07:08:41 PM
I'd love challenges and featured projects!  I'm all about the tutes, too!  Is there a purse/bag craftalong?
3819  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Suggest Themes for a Challenge! on: May 21, 2010 07:07:04 PM
Me!!!  I'm expressing interest!  I love the idea and bags are my thing! Cheesy

I could totally go for a button theme, too.  Or embroidered!  The size one sounds fun, too!
3820  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Nothing Like Old School NES! on: May 21, 2010 06:15:29 PM
Oh, that's totally cool!  Totally brings me back - awesome job.  Love the mushrooms!
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