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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Panda In New York" messenger bag on: December 26, 2011 03:48:35 PM
Thanks guys! Smiley
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Panda In New York" messenger bag on: December 26, 2011 07:29:17 AM
I started out with the intention of making a camera bag using a tutorial by fellow Craftster user lianatempera (this one to be specific http://creatinghappinessblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/padded-dslr-camera-bag-tutorial.html) but I got kinda lazy when I ran out of black velcro, so it's just a normal messenger bag.
 I bought the kawaii fabric from eBay, I wish I had bought more!



Front pockets:


The first inner zipper pocket I've made that actually worked!


Artsy shot of the interior, showing an inner pocket, keyhook and zipper closure (ran out of normal zips, so I used an invisible one instead):


 I'm really happy with how it turned out, although it still needs a strap as on Christmas eve, it caused my sewing machine to blow its fuse so it'll be a few days before I can truly finish it.

 I hope you like it, any C&C is welcome!
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 100 facts about me swap on: December 12, 2011 03:07:14 AM
Ooh this sounds like fun, I'd be tempted to do it alright!
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: 10 Ways to Economize your Sewing on: December 04, 2011 12:41:32 PM
I've been doing the thrift store shopping for years, it's one of my favourite ways to shop. Not only is it a challenge, but I'm also helping out various charities by doing so. Although, I found that getting the bus home from work instead of walking is cheaper because then I won't go into every single charity shop on the way home (there's LOADS on the route home!) Cheesy

 This might sound odd, but it's something I've been doing for a while. I use 3v cards if I'm buying anything online (it's a Visa card, but instead of credit, you top up the card. I still can't trust myself to have a credit card) and there's usually money left over. If there's remaining cash, I go onto ebay and find something. You can get loads of ribbons, zippers, trinkets, lace etc. for next to nothing, and you might find some notions and whatnot that are cheaper online than in your local craftatorium.
 I have a saved search that's free postage and packaging, in the category of crafts and includes whatever amount I have left over so I can go back to it. It's a fun little challenge too!
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post about Scraps (I think) on: December 04, 2011 10:58:54 AM
I've been hoarding my scraps for a long time, so recently I decided to get ruthless and make a hexagon quilt out of them. Anything smaller than 3" gets tossed into a plastic bag, and hopefully in turn, that will get shredded into stuffing one day.
 I probably have enough scraps to make several hexagon quilts though!
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Random swap round 3 gallery on: October 16, 2011 11:45:37 AM
As promised, here's the Domo-kun tshirt!


I was doing the Domo-kun dance, hence my stupid expression  Grin
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Random swap round 3 gallery on: October 13, 2011 11:55:57 AM
I received from hayleyhandmade, woo!

 First up, the beautiful card with a note from Hayley:


 Next up, we have LOADS of gorgeous cards, for birthdays, congratulations and Christmas (very tempted to keep these for myself!). You can't see them, but there's actually more cards than shown, but I have a limited photographing area.


A box filled with teeny tiny bags that have a chocolate in them (I love teeny tiny things!)


Oooh some handmade tea tree snowball soap! I'm a sucker for lovely smelling soaps and this smells like something out of my favourite shop Lush Grin


 Sorry about the shoddy picture-taking in this one but two gorgeous jewellery boxes!


 A new notebook, I adore the hearts!


 And for this next piece, Hayley tells me that her sewing machine wouldn't play nice so she asked if I could sew it instead. I have an addiction to both sewing and Domo-kun so I'm totally on board with this! It's going to be Domo-kun on a tshirt and yes, I will post pictures when I finish it!


 Thank you so much Hayley, I love it all! You're extremely talented Smiley

 Update: Whoops, almost forgot about the truffles! Nyom!
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap round 3 :) Sign ups july 21-august 15 send october 7 on: October 12, 2011 12:41:52 PM
Argh, the suspense is killing me. I'm supposed to be receiving hayleyhandmade's package and a spiffy new camera that I won in a competition, but both are taking so long to arrive. Curse you An Post! It took NINE days for a letter to travel 3 miles to get to me so I might be waiting for a while Sad
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Random swap round 3 gallery on: October 12, 2011 12:37:05 PM
Gorgeous stuff!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Random swap round 3 gallery on: October 09, 2011 07:48:34 AM
You're welcome Hayley! Smiley

 So glad you liked everything, it was definitely a pleasure to craft for you! The bag put my sewing machine to the test, but I'm glad it handled it well, the foam alone inside was a quarter inch thick! :O
 
 For the record, you don't look at all hungover, kudos!
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