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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 24, 2014 07:20:00 AM
Thanks, gozer!

Crazyda - Neat hoops and great pillow! Remember to get your extra 5 points for telling a joke. Heheheh: Investigator!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 23, 2014 09:11:36 AM
Love, love, love the okapi!

Prompt: October Haunted House
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Classified Intel
Project Link: -
Brief Description: This has been in the works on and off for months! I like fun spy shows and far-less-fun Cold War history. Hiding places work there, but haunted houses have them too  Grin
I got the cool magnets in a swap. Painting the canvas, mounting metal sheeting inside, covering the sheeting with cork board and hanging it all on the wall was my doing.
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Prompt: November red alert
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: exploding needlebox sewing kit
Project Link: -
Brief Description: One of the ladies at work got a new job. To thank her for all she's done and give her a proper send-off, I made her this exploding box and filled it with little things she might find useful for doing quick, small repairs at the cons she goes to.
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23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Okapi on: November 21, 2014 08:02:49 AM
He is fabulous! Absolutely rocks.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 19, 2014 07:01:52 AM
Gozer, I love that scarf!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 07, 2014 09:15:47 AM
Love the minimalist heroes!
26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES / Re: Circus: On the tightrope is... on: November 07, 2014 09:14:35 AM
Thank you!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 05, 2014 07:53:27 AM
Thanks!

Great doll clothes, pishaw.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 04, 2014 06:48:58 PM
Thanks!

I've always loved cross stitch just for that reason, bunny1kenobi! Yours looks great!
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 04, 2014 05:54:10 PM
It's from something? Man, I am out of it. Anyway, it's a riot!

Research Project Name: Circus Costume
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering for this tutorial on the bag: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436591
Project Link: (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436590.0
Brief Description: This took >3 weeks to pull together! I used thrifted fabric for the dress body and lining, sewn-together yarn for the sleeves and painted plain muslin for the popcorn bag. I got the dress fabrics ages ago and was saving them for the right projects. I was so nervous, but I think everything turned out all right! I had fun making and wearing it too Smiley
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30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fabric Paper (Popcorn) Bag Bag Tutorial on: November 04, 2014 05:37:01 PM
I’ve always wanted a bag based off a paper bag. I really like paper bags. They’re such a good size for so many things! I also really like popcorn. This Halloween I wanted to join the circus, so I got off my duff and made this:


(More on the whole outfit is here.)

It was fun to make once I stopped making things more complicated than they needed to be Tongue It’s a habit I’m trying to break.

I used:
A paper lunch bag
Fabric for the outside (and fabric paint to paint the stripes on the muslin. Masking tape and a sponge brush were also involved)
Lining fabric (Cut 2 pieces as long as the top edge of your bag + 1/2” seam allowance and as tall as 1/2 of the finished bag width + 2” seam allowance so it can close in the middle.)
Drawstring closure fabric (I used unpainted muslin)
Interfacing (I used some cheap, light-weight stuff to give it a lunch bag personality)
Cord
General sewing supplies like scissors, sewing machine, pins, etc.

After settling on a plan of action, I snagged a paper bag from the pantry and cut it open like this to use as my pattern:



Next time, I will square it up before cutting Roll Eyes

I just added 1/2” for the seam allowance by measuring that far away all around the bag except for the top (I wanted mine a smidgen shorter, so I didn’t add any on the straight parts there.) Draw where you want the seam allowance to be for the curved cut-outs at the top of the bag. Cut like this for the outside and lining.

Make and attach pockets if desired. (I just had one inside to hold my ID and such. Don’t forget to allow for the gusset and top seam when positioning.)

Take outer body piece and fold in half right-sides together so the edges of the small rectangles meet and the long edges are even. Sew. Repeat with other side. Repeat with lining, leaving an opening to turn bag through (or not. As long as the stitch length isn’t on teeny-tiny, the seam ripper is my friend. And it sure helps with pressing to sew it all closed)

Press open side seams. Trim to 1/4” if you want.

Take 1 body piece and open out a small rectangle so that the edges meet in 1 line, with the side-seam in the center of 1 side. Sew right-sides together with your seam allowance. Repeat with the other side and with the lining.




Iron in folds (like a paper bag!)

Sew closure pieces right sides together along short sides. Press open seams. Fold seam allowances under so the edges meet the seam like this…

…and iron.
Sew seam allowances down close to the edge, like hems.

Press.

Press top edge of closure under 1/4”. Press under another 3/4”. Sew close to the edge.

With seam ripper open the side seams sewn into the hem. Slipstitch the inside side and the bottom 1/4” or so of the outside closed so the opening is only on the outside and the 1/4” raw edge inside is covered. These will be the openings for the drawstrings.


Time to put it all together!


Slip closure piece on the outside piece, aligning edges and side seams, right side facing right side of outer. Slip lining piece on, right side facing wrong side of closure, aligning edges and side seams. Sew around top edge using your seam allowance. Turn through lining and press, poking the rounds (and everything else) into shape!




Top stitch around top edge 3/4” away from the top edge with the closure tucked down inside.

Slipstitch lining opening closed.

Insert string for 1 side of drawstring in and out through 1 side. Knot. Repeat, going in and out through other side.

Your fabric paper bag bag is complete! Yay!

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