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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Is there a name for making a boxed bottom bag this way? on: April 12, 2014 08:50:56 AM
I've been playing about with sewing re-useable grocery bags and was wondering if there was a term for making the boxed bottom this way, so that you have 'decorative' triangles on the outside of the bag.

So they appear as in the photo top right, and are sewn by folding up the bottom of the bag and sewing straight down the sides

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nisse/Christmas Elf including pattern on: February 09, 2014 09:54:51 AM
I meant to post this prior to Christmas but I guess it'll just be especially early for next year instead.  Grin

Pattern and instructions are here

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First adventures in quilting - making a table runner on: February 09, 2014 08:55:30 AM
I'd had the idea in my head for around 6 months to make a table runner with the fabric swatches I'd built up but every time I got them out and tried to decide how to arrange the layout there were just too many choices.

Eventually I decided I'd just have to bite the bullet otherwise it would never get done and I decided to go with 4" squares. I cut all my fabric up and then spent literally hours rearranging squares trying to get a layout I was happy with. Is there a secret to this? This was a fairly small project anything larger and I think i would be incapable of settling on a layout.

So I took a picture of how I wanted the final arrangement, carefully laid out the blocks in threes and started sewing, unpicked the second row I'd sewn as I'd put them together in the wrong order! Repeated that on the 5th row, decided I'm probably not cut out for quilting but managed to get to the end without further incident. (Actually that's a lie, but the other error I didn't spot until after I'd put the binding on Smiley ).

Quilted the two sides together (the underside is just a plain fleece) and attached the binding and it was finally done. And I'm fairly pleased with the result. The actual sewing took less time than the decisions about layout. Is this something you get better at with practice?

World Food Table Runner by ebygomm, on Flickr
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2013 Winter Holiday Craft List - What are you making? on: December 23, 2013 01:33:33 PM
The poles are piano wire covered in a plastic sheath which I bought from a model/hobby shop.

I'm going to put up a pattern/tutorial but need to get my paper pattern drawn up electronically first.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My crafting list on: December 21, 2013 11:28:26 AM
Edit: this was meant to be in response to the 2013 Winter Holiday Craft List - What are you making? thread but I seem to have posted a new topic by accident

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425990.0#ixzz2o8j2ikco

Niece & Nephew
Tents for Sylvanian families - done

Roll up car carrier - done

Fabric Christmas tree for camping - done

Bottle bag - done

Lens cozy - to do


Wall planner/calendar - done

Table runner - to do
Nisse - done

6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / A simple halloween treat bag on: October 12, 2013 10:03:50 AM

A simple halloween treat bag from some leftover fabric.

Two rectangles (8" x 12"), with insect fabric appliqued on.

Edged at the top with contrasting orange thread

Sides and bottom sewn together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other

Box corners to give some shape and some left over cargo tape sewn to the top to make a handle.

A really quick easy project.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2013 Winter Holiday Craft List - What are you making? on: October 04, 2013 10:08:06 AM
Nothing set in stone yet, I just came here to lurk for ideas although I don't have many to make for this year.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Smartphone sleeve on: August 07, 2013 01:57:44 PM
Finally had some spare time to make something i'd been meaning to get round to for ages.

Really need to work on my cutting in straight lines  Smiley but fairly pleased with how it turned out as I haven't used my sewing machine in ages.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: a hearty door decoration on: December 03, 2012 02:38:27 PM
Lovely, what is the flower made from, leaves or something else?
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little boy doll on: December 03, 2012 02:31:05 PM
My nephew has requested a little boy doll for Christmas. This is what I came up with

He's made from brushed cotton so lovely and soft, with embroidered features and felt hair. His shirt is some left over fabric I had and his dungarees are recycled from old jeans. The shirt took me many attempts, I'm not a big fan of making dolls clothing, way too fiddly.
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