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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Holiday Handmade Crusade 2010 :: March Theme Page 1 on: April 19, 2010 12:28:13 PM
I totally love those bean bags! I have dug out some fabric and am going to get all my cutting done tonight. Then tomorrow, once my boy has gone to bed I will sew them up. I'm going to make a set for him and a set for my neice.

Gorgeous!
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first proper handbag! on: April 11, 2010 01:54:26 AM
That's awesome for a first handbag! I love the fabric. It's gorgeous. I can't wait for my sewing skills to be good enough to make something like that.

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23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first sewing project! on: April 11, 2010 01:52:34 AM
Hello!

I've just finished my first ever proper sewing project using my machine. I had been putting it off time and time again because I couldn't find the perfect project but then I figured I had to start somewhere.

I used the Ric-rac 1 hour tutorial that I found on another post (http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/01/1-hour-bag-tutorial.html). It didn't take me an hour - it took me about 3 but I am a total beginner. I dug out some fat quarters, chose a fabric and cut it to size, only to realise of course a handbag has 2 sides!! I didn't have enough to make both so picked a co-ordinating fabric hence the 2 different colours. I also had to do a fair bit of seam ripping when I sewed my handles in the middle of the lining and the outer fabric. Doh!! I guess that's what you get for sewing at 11pm when my 4 month old son is in bed. My sewing isn't neat enough yet to leave the edges of the handles out like the tute.

But anyway... Thought I'd post for some feedback. All is welcome!

Side 1


Side 2


Inside with pocket
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help! [best yarn for beginner?] on: April 06, 2010 09:05:35 AM
Hi all,

I just bought my first crochet hook and a book to teach myself how to crochet. However, I'm wondering what kind of wool/yarn to get? Is there a better type for beginners?

Any help/suggestions are muchly welcomed!

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25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (November Theme Page 1) on: November 26, 2009 09:09:35 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US.

Here's another Nov entry for me. I started this a little while ago, but at the beginning of the week, some mild contractions started and that gave me the kick up the bum I needed to finish it.

My baby's (due in a week or so) Christmas stocking -

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/195409_26Nov09_Stocking_005.JPG
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/195409_26Nov09_Stocking_004.JPG
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/195409_26Nov09_Stocking_003.JPG
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/195409_26Nov09_Stocking_002.JPG

I am happy with it, though didn't plan it out too well so think I did some things a little backwards. I'll know for next time!!

26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with sewing felt on: November 19, 2009 09:56:00 AM
Thanks all!  My machine skills are still not that great and I'd worry that I'd ruin the stocking if I machine sewed it. My straight lines are not the best, but I know I can do a mean blanket stitch by hand!  Wink

I just want it to last as my mum made my stocking for my first Christmas too and I still use it now. It's not huge, but would like it to hold sweets/chocs and usual stocking filler type things, so nothing majorly heavy.

I'll be sure to post some pics.

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27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help with sewing felt on: November 19, 2009 04:53:30 AM
Hello,

Hoping someone can help me out there. I'm in the process of making a Christmas stocking for my baby due in 2 weeks and I've just hit a stumbling block. I've used felt as it's a nice easy material and it has been a while since I used my sewing skills (or lack of!).

Will a blanket stitch be strong enough to hold the stocking when it's full (in a few years time!) or should I machine stitch the edge instead? I had wanted to blanket stitch it, but am worried now that it may not hold.

Thank you!

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (November Theme Page 1) on: November 13, 2009 07:34:20 AM
Thanks for the nice feedback all. Steal away! I'm in the process of making a zebra one for my sis now as she loves Zebra print. I'll post photos once up and running.

Love the gingerbread man. It's fab! I'd love to make something like that. What materials are you using?
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (November Theme Page 1) on: November 12, 2009 03:24:23 AM
I love that snowman! So cute!

Ok, here's my first entry for the handmade crusade and also my first proper felt project. A friend heard I was thinking of making some Christmas decorations and gave me a big stash of felt. Hooray!

Still haven't made any decorations, but in the theme of keeping warm I made a diary cover. It was cold in my handbag!!! Please be honest and give some feedback as I think I may make more for my girlfriends Christmas gifts. This was supposed to be my prototype as I hadn't sewed properly in a very long time, but I really like how it came out.

The elephant isn't my own design but it a combination of others I've seen, so apologies for not crediting anyone!

I can't post photos yet either, but here is my entry for November.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=304867&ppuser=195409
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=304868&ppuser=195409
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=304869&ppuser=195409


Em
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30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner! on: October 22, 2009 05:32:32 AM
Another beginner here at 27. Just got my sewing machine up and running this weekend - after figuring out all the bits and threading etc... I had used my mum's sewing machine as a kid, so I can sew in a straight line and stuff, but the setup was ALIEN to me!

I've just found some scrap material and been practicing using it randomly. Going to the fabric shop later on though as I'm going to try and make some simple things in the next few weeks. Plus I'm expecting and due in 6 weeks but have already finished work so going to try and get some things made for baby's room.

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