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81  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bird Bag--Opinions Appreciated! on: January 23, 2005 03:51:10 PM
Again, thank you all for the compliments. A little ego boost feels real good, especially coming from such a talented group of people. Wink

Treasure Cat, I am curious why you priced it higher? Is it the embroidery? I've noticed in researching the market that items that have any kind of accent that is either pricey (like a nice charm on the zipper) or time intensive (like embroidery) get a higher selling price overall.
82  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: insane paper mache project (pictures!) on: January 22, 2005 09:53:01 PM
That is too awesome. Who gets to keep it? And (perhaps more importantly) when will you auction it off on Ebay? I am so game to own my own Shakespeare. All kidding aside, what a great project, executed to perfection!
83  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Matching 50s style (?) purse and wallet on: January 22, 2005 06:22:12 PM
This is an absolutely perfect set; I'd be thrilled to get it as a gift. I love the wallet especially. I want to make a fabric wallet, but it's intimidating. Did you find it to be hard?
84  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bird Bag--Opinions Appreciated! on: January 22, 2005 06:02:41 PM
;DGreat job! I love it, but the bird has no feet!

So nice of you to notice! That's kind of my little inside joke. There's footprints, but no feet.
85  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bird Bag--Opinions Appreciated! on: January 22, 2005 05:30:02 PM
Thank you all for the feedback; it was very helpful. Grin

BlueKiwiCat: Thank you. Am I blushing? Heh.

fluffysam: That's exactly what I was going for, so to have you say it without being prompted (ok, I admit I sometimes drop hints to my cats) is awesome.

BlueEyedMary: Thanks for the pricing tip. It's definitely in the ballpark with my own guess-timates.

kate conspiracy: You know, I actually thought about that, but when I washed the fabric, it came out looking weathered. It definitely is not a "nice" fabric, but rather more worn. I thought that the really floppy strap sort of added to this look. I'm the first to admit that it's not as sturdy as I would like. Rectifying it with a bit of velcro might be the way I fix the issue with this one. Thanks for the advice.

Sewer Rat: Ditto that one.

86  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Regurgitated Blue Jeans Pillow on: January 21, 2005 11:12:34 PM
How old is she? Amazing how adept kids are. The pillow looks fantastic.
87  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: experiment in making a messenger bag.... on: January 21, 2005 11:10:26 PM
That tattoo fabric has to be one of my all time faves ever... ever!
You did a great job on the bag also. It looks dynamite.
88  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bird Bag--Opinions Appreciated! on: January 21, 2005 10:35:43 PM
I'm a first time poster, long time lurker... so hi to everyone!  Wink

This is a bag that I made that I am finally courageous enough to post here. I've been making handbags for some time, but only recently began making my own patterns. For this bag here, I made both the sewing pattern and the embroidery pattern.

For the sewing pattern, I sketched out a simple rectangular design for the flap and body of the bag on leftover Christmas wrapping paper. For the embroidery, I drew an outline of the bird and clouds on the fabric itself using one of those handy-dandy fabric pens that disappears as time passes.

The fabric is a medium-weight brown canvas with some stretch to it. The lining a is simple blue cotton. The front has a hand stitched embroidered bird and the back has a pocket (for cellphone or keys--something you would need easy access to). The pocket has a very simple embroidered edge. The flap up top has 2 embroidered clouds. The strap is about 2.5 yards long and adjustable (rectangular D rings), so almost all body types can use it as a messenger-style bag (over one shoulder and across your chest and back).

I am posting some pics of the bag below. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you can offer. As I progress with the unique, one-of-a-kind bag making, I will likely begin selling these online and in local shops, so feedback about potential pricing would also be very helpful to me.




Thanks in advance!
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