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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Lucille ~sock pig~ on: January 25, 2010 04:09:24 PM
This is beautiful! I love the socks you used, such a wonderful pick! Her feet are the cutest pig-feet I've ever seen. Tongue Nice job!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Long-limbed Sock Monkey on: January 25, 2010 04:07:13 PM
This was my birthday present to my little sister - she likes it very much. Cheesy I had to steal it when she was sleeping so that I could photograph it. Because it was made with almost-knee-high socks, stuffing the longer limbs was a pain. D:
Made from this fantastic tute: http://www.web-goddess.org/writing/tutorial/Image0.html

I added a crocheted vest because I could. Tongue It was trying to be a hoodie but the idea of crocheting two really long sleeves was just too daunting to attempt. I'll try again on a new monkey. Tongue
This makes Sock Monkey Number 3. Smiley

On our picnic table:


Sitting on a plant, for some reason. His arms end just outside of this shot. Cheesy


And a close-up of his little vest:


Cheesy
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Messenger Bag for school + matching P.E. gear bag (photo generous) on: January 25, 2010 03:58:26 PM
Thanks, seranakitty. Cheesy Your Bella must be very cute, then. ^^
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b on: January 25, 2010 03:55:31 PM
I hope the person you gave them to really appreciated your work, then. Tongue I was thinking about that idea - a fully patchwork bag would be quite nice - make a quilt top (of sorts) and then cut out two bits of the main bag from it. That would be too much work for me, but I can see it being totally doable, and I reckon it'd look quite nice. Tongue I hope you get to make yourself another set soon! Cheesy
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b on: January 24, 2010 11:21:54 PM
I think you should, it's even better at using up scraps of fabric you normally wouldn't use, if the bits can be smaller. Cheesy I just wanted mine to match my other bag and I couldn't stand it being just the plain boring blue on the outside. D:
Well done on your set, by the way! I love the fabrics you used, it really does say you're going green. Cheesy
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Messenger Bag for school + matching P.E. gear bag (photo generous) on: January 24, 2010 01:46:25 PM
Well he's rather fat and kind of... blobby? It's easier to manoeuvre him into the bags than a thinner cat, that's for sure. I'm glad you like them! The plastic/fabric bag won't be touching any shopping, though. XD
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Taggy Blankie for a baby on: January 24, 2010 01:38:21 PM
I suppose this is a plaything? Tongue I made this for my baby brother out of some of mum's pretty quilting fabrics - she doesn't sew any more and she picked them out - and a scrap of fleece. Cheesy Ideally I guess the tag-things should have been made from ribbon or something else that's delightful texture-wise, but I made this on a whim and didn't really think about that. XD There is one bit of ribbon, though. Smiley

Mum wanted there to be a colourful fabric and a black and white fabric, half-half, on one side, so I made it that way. Cheesy Because of all the confusing patterns, however, it's easier to concentrate on the tags in the second picture. Tongue

From the front:


And from the back:


Baby brother kind of ignores it, but I really like it. XD C&C very welcome! Cheesy
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger Bag for school + matching P.E. gear bag (photo generous) on: January 24, 2010 01:22:58 PM
I was randomly searching for patterns for making a messenger bag and I fell in love with this one and had to make it. I had to beg the prettier fabric from my sister (strangely I don't own any myself), but it was completely worth it, I'm very happy with it!

I used this tutorial: http://bluebirdbaby.typepad.com/photos/messanger_bag_tutorial/index.html
   I changed a couple of things. I didn't have any fusible fleece, so I decided to 'quilt' the inside of the bag by sewing regular fleece to the lining pieces. I love this method, I've never done this before, anything to do with interfacing or anything like that, it certainly leant a certain heaviness to this bag, which I was quite pleased with. Cheesy
   I also added an extra line or two of stitching to the inside of the bag, so that my books would rest in the bag a bit better. You can kind of see what I did in the picture of the lining and pockets. Cheesy

I found that when you follow the tutorial word-for-word, however, your flap ends up much bigger than it should, both ways. I don't mind it being longer than it really should be, because I don't have any other closing method for this bag, so may as well have some more fabric on there. It being wider than it should have been (even with me doing something funny with one of the side seams and using a HUGE seam allowance for one side) was a bit of a pain when I was sewing the handles on, and it ripples and folds cause it's too big, but I like it anyway. Cheesy

Here's the flap of the bag, with the very plain fabric that I used on the outside, and three tags that were meant to be for holding keys with, but I decided that they just looked cool so added two more in pretty fabrics. Also, the fabric is kind of furry. XD


This is the inside of the flap, you can see what I mean about it being a kind of quilted thing:


The lining and the pockets! The pockets look really wide here, but my hand is just hiding one of the lines of stitching and the other line of stitching on the other side is only just out of shot as well. Cheesy I like these pockets. ^^


And because I was too lazy to go all the way back inside and get my books, here's a picture of the bag holding a very fat cat, Tabbitha. He looks rather serene, no?


What these photos don't show is a close up of a very comfortable strap, which really does look quilted. Cheesy It even got my big brother's seal of approval, which doesn't happen very often! Cheesy

And the P.E. gear bag that I made from this wonderful tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0
The stripes match the fabrics I used for the front of the messenger bag. Cheesy


And again with Tabby:


Edited to add a picture of the lining and pocket:


C&C welcome! Cheesy
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping b on: January 24, 2010 12:48:52 PM
After a long long time, I finally finished by first bag made with this tutorial! The photos on how to do the handle were mighty confusing until I decided that I was just going to do them, whatever happened. The most rewarding thing about this bag was completing the handles perfectly, first go. I'm so proud. Cheesy

I love this tutorial very much, thank you, queenofdiy, for posting it! I'm a little awed by the people that have been making (I think the highest number is 35?) lots of these bags (yes, I read all 83 pages of this thread XD), because this one took me long enough. Tongue I did add two pretty stripes to the front and a pocket to the lining, which didn't photograph very well - I may try again. The lining is this pretty strawberry fabric that I love, but couldn't bear to have on the outside of my bag. Too busy. ^^;

I'm using this as my P.E. gear bag, I think. It'll fold up nicely into the vaguely matching messenger bag I made, too. Cheesy



And a picture that includes my rather fat cat, Tabbitha. He didn't like being in the bag, but the bag didn't mind holding him! Cheesy


Edited to add a picture of the lining + pocket:


Cheesy
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Day of the Dead Plate on: January 24, 2010 12:33:54 PM
I love the colours of the flowers, they're really pretty. Smiley I especially like the way you did the skull though, such attention to detail! Cheesy
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