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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First time to post pics...two bags I made on: May 07, 2010 02:02:55 PM
I made this GIANT tote from a tutorial I found online.  The website is http://craftywench.typepad.com/knittingwench/2007/07/very-easy-tote-.html I didn't put any pockets in it because it's essentially to put other bags in LOL.  My makeup bag, toiletry bag, straigtening iron, hair dryer etc when we travel.  It really is big and just to give you an idea, I stuffed it with 4 full sized bath towels and there is still a ton of room left.  I used up most of a 1 yard piece of 59" wide fabric for the outside and strap.  It's made with some decor fabric I got at Ikea and a cheap yellow quilting cotton with tiny polka dots for the lining.  I used a cheapy elastic headband and buttonm for the closure.  I just wanted something to keep the top from gaping open if the bag is packed super full.  This bag took about 2 hours to cut and sew.  (I made the chair cushions in the background, too LOL)

The next one is just a drawstring bag I made to use as a makeup bag.  I got the tutorial from http://yarnenvy.blogspot.com/2006/04/how-to-make-my-leetle-bag.html I love it because it stands up on its own and will fit all of my makeup, most bags in the store won't fit all of the stuff that I like to have with me.  I love makeup! The skull fabric is from Joann and the lining is from WalMart-it was only $1.50 per yard.  This bag took about 1 hour to cut and sew.

The inside

Both of these tutorials were super easy and made great bags.  I'd recommend them to anybody.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need Advice: Jersey and Woven Dress on: April 10, 2010 08:56:14 AM
I have some super cute Yogi Bear woven cotton fabric that I want to make a dress out of but I only have 3/4 of a yard.  So I was hoping to make a bodice out of T-shirt jersey knit and then attaching a skirt made of the yogi bear stuff.  I'm short so the length is plenty for me.  My question is about the ease.  I want to make the dress empire waist with maybe a belt tie in the back and halter strap.  Do you think I would need to add a zipper in back or could I perhaps build in enough ease with the tie back so I could get it on over my head.  If anybody could point me towards a tut or even just a couple of pics of this style it would help tremendously.

Thanks lots!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Hi! New to sewing and Craftster on: October 17, 2009 06:27:00 PM
I just got my first sewing machine about a week ago (a Janome 3128, very basic and cheap  Wink )  and I  am really enjoying learning how to use it.  I've lurked here at Craftster in some of the other forums because I like to do all sorts of crafts, and I decided it was time to sign up.  Anyway, hi!  I'm looking forward to chatting with all of you, this seems like such a great community!
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