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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Trek and Recycled Leather - Swoon Annette on: February 21, 2017 10:57:43 AM
I had an art show at a convention this weekend to submit an item to. Since it was a Star Trek themed con, I went with the obvious choice of Star Trek fabric <3 I'd been dying to make a bag featuring real leather, and this was the perfect time. I had an old jacket that I rescued from being trashed, and used it's leather on this bag. I also accented the side pockets with red piping for a little pop of color, and I chose to go with a red zipper to coordinate with the piping. The bottom has feet, and the lining has a hidden galaxy print in the pocket Cheesy

I also used this handbag as an opportunity for a look at how they are constructed. I've often had family and friends and clients ask how I make a bag, so I figured I'd give a look into what goes on during prep and construction.
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2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Floral Wars Glittery Star Wars Ballet Flats on: January 29, 2017 07:32:10 PM
I haven't posted a shoe project in a long time! I've been so busy making handbags, I just haven't had the time. I finally took a pair of shoes I bought last year (for another project) and used my new Star Wars Floral Wars fabric on them.  The final sealing layer, I added fine holo glitter to give a little sparkle to this already fabulous fabric Cheesy The fabric is a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabric.







3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Planning my Day, one at a time! Blue Floral Wars Day Planner on: January 23, 2017 01:06:22 PM
In an attempt to get myself better organized in both my business and personal life, I knew I needed a day planner. I asked friends for advice and looked at planners online.  I did not realize they they could be so expensive, for something so boring looking.  I wanted something that was ME, something I would actually want to whip out and use.  I set out to design my own planner.  
I went to a local thrift shop and found an A6 sized planner (small enough to fit in my purse, but large enough to be useful) for reference.  I then hit up eBay for the hardware.  You can't exactly go to Joann and find binder hardware laying around.  Luckily these were about $2 from China and came with installation hardware. I used the planner I got from the thrift shop as a base for measurements and how I wanted mine to look.  I liked the credit card slots it had, as well as the larger back pocket. I dusted off my math and art skills to draft a pattern.  I used paper as a mock-up, to see how the pattern was working, and tweaked as I went.  I was finally happy with the pattern and traced everything out on to plastic sheets (disposable cutting boards from the Dollar Tree) to use as the pattern.  Since the sheets are see-through, it let me place my pattern piece on top of the fabric and center the design how I wanted.  
For this planner, I opted for my Blue Floral Wars fabric, that I've been preciously hoarding for special projects. I used black glitter vinyl for the tab, and used black cotton piping (Wrights Brand) for the edges. The hardware was easy to apply, using my rivet setting tool from Michael's.
I LOVE pulling this out of my purse and making notes.  It always gets attention, which results in a business card being handed off  Grin So far, it really has been helping me.  I make a list of what I need at Joann's, this way I don't wander around aimlessly and start buying things I don't really need LOL  I can also make notes with due dates for commissions as well as upcoming conventions.






4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette on: January 23, 2017 12:55:41 PM
I was so excited when my Floral Wars fabric from Knitorious Fabrics arrived. There were several colorways to choose from.  I have the light blue already, and just had to have this "Galaxy" one too! I knew, as soon as I got it in, that it was destined to become an Annette handbag for myself.  The fabric pattern is large, but not too large, so it's perfectly sized for the center panels of the bag.  I accented it with black Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supply.  There is a black swirly contrast fabric for inside the outer pockets as well.  
For the miniaturized version, I shrunk the pattern to 65% in Adobe.  The zipper was a 12" long zipper for this shrunk down size.  I omitted all pockets and the handles and did not use foam for the structure.  The main fabric and the lining are interfaced with Pellon SF101, and it is plenty sturdy for this small bag.  There is a small piece of stabilizer inside of the bottom for support though.

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5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars Vintage Bed Sheet Bag - Swoon Blanche on: January 06, 2017 12:11:35 PM
My friend asked me a few months ago if I could make her a purse from her vintage (1977) Star Wars bed sheets.  Seeing as they were all cotton, I had no problem with it.  This is a great way to reuse those old sheets that the elastic has all worn out on and can't really be sheets any more.  The best part is, she let me keep the extra fabric!  I am so going to be making one for myself, with a matching wallet  Grin
I finished this in mid-November, but she just got it last week for her birthday - she LOVED it.  Especially since Leia is prominently displayed on one side, it means even more now with Carrie's passing  Cry







6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 116 ENTRIES / My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid on: November 05, 2016 08:45:14 PM
This year I did not make myself something new, well not entirely, but adorable little niece got something instead!  She dug through my fabric stash and found the mermaid scales and the purple fabric and excitedly announced "This is ARIEL fabric! Can I be Ariel for Halloween?".  I was going to make her Snow White at her original request, but she's a girl like her own aunt, constantly enlarging her costume list.  Since she picked out the fabrics from my stash, I couldn't say no.  She'll be 5 in January, soon I can teach her how to sew as well Cheesy 
Now, I couldn't just make a costume, a girl needs accessories too!  I made her a seashell tote bag to gather her Halloween candy in, and a coordinating hair flower with a starfish and Swarovski rhinestones (no plastic stones here, I busted out the good stuff for her!). My sister-in-law picked up a red wig for her to help finish off the look.  I was worried she wouldn't last with the wig, as I know how annoying they can be, and 4 year-olds aren't exactly up to dealing with annoying things for the sake of a costume lol.  She kept it on and loved it! 
I used Simplicity 8098 with some modifications. I turned the shells sideways on the bodice to mimic Ariel's, added a peplum to the bodice waist to hide her belly as she gets taller, and added tulle for the fin instead of fabric.  I had a 40 yard bolt laying around, I used about 2 yards for the fin. I drafted the tote bag pattern myself and made the shell applique on the front from a shiny blue spandex, pellon flex foam, and patience.  I used the applique stitch on my sewing machine to seal the edge of the shell, and then used a straight stitch (along the edge of the app stitch) to sew it to the bag front.





7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Damask Wars Barrel Purse - Swoon Blanche on: October 28, 2016 09:15:53 AM
I LOVE this Damask Wars fabric!  I want to make everything from it, it's such a perfect and simple design!  Since my birthday is in a little over a week, I decided to try and treat myself and made this bag.  I needed a simple black bag (and nerdy) in my wardrobe, and this fabric was the perfect answer.  I added silver glitter mirror canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies to make the fabric pop.  I can't wait to take it out this weekend and show it off!
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8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Damask Wars Dark Side Vanity Case - Swoon Olive on: October 26, 2016 07:03:30 PM
I'm in love with this fabric from Knitorious Fabrics (Damask Wars - Dark Side) and this Swoon pattern (Olive).  I've had Olive stashed away for a while now.  I kept pulling her out to make something and was never happy with my fabrics and put her away for another day.  Along came the Damask Wars fabric and I KNEW I finally had a reason to sew her up!  I made this the Heavy Woven Damask Wars, black kona cotton from Joann, and a grey cotton with silver stars from my stash (might be from Joann?).  The handle is made with silver Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies.
This pattern was a joy to sew, it was very easy to put together and cut.  I look forward to actually trying some other fabrics now that I know what it looks like.


The front features a slip pocket!




The handle is silver glitter vinyl with a cotton lining (I was low on vinyl).  The handle connectors are riveted to the gusset after being sewn securely.


I put my tag on the inside, as it just didn't work outside.  It would have covered Boba Fett's head on the back Sad
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wonder Woman Crossbody Purse - Swoon Rosie on: October 06, 2016 03:31:55 PM
I've been pondering this one after making the Batgirl bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450016.0).  I made the Wonder Woman barrel bag, a wallet, and a tote bag, a crossbody only seemed a natural next direction Wink  

You can vote for my bag in the Pattern Review handbag contest! http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=260&vote=21724








The logo is Black HTV and Yellow HTV cut on my Silhouette.  They were then transferred to a scrap of the lining yellow fabric and interfaced with Pellon 808.  The entire thing was carefully handcut by me so that there was a tiny border of the yellow fabric (to sew through).  Even though the fabric was interfaced, I still used fray check on the edges to seal them.  It was then carefully stitched to the bag flap front (before sewing the flap together).


This is my proud moment.  The back of the flap is red cotton twill, and parts of the front are the blue stars.  The bobbin was red thread and the top thread was blue.  When I hit the glitter vinyl, I ended the blue thread, pulled it through to the back, tied it off, and switched to the red.  It was a bit more work, but totally makes this look much better.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag on: September 28, 2016 07:42:25 PM
Last week I got a Ukulele. I still have yet to name it, but it's purple and pretty and killing my fingers LOL I knew it needed a home of it's own, rather than living in the cardboard box from the manufacturer.

I set out to either draft a pattern, or find one, to make a case for it. I wasn't happy with the pre-made ones on Amazon, they just didn't speak to my personal tastes. It had to coordinate with my Uke, be geeky, and be a sturdy case - not a flimsy bag. I found a pattern by SusieDDesgins on Etsy that seemed like a good starting point for me.

A lot of modifications went into this to get it to be just the way I wanted, and I LOVE it <3 I added the backpack straps on the back, copied from the Swoon "Lucy" pattern (zipper on them converts to a single shoulder strap), piping was added to the outside edges (what a pain, but so pretty), and it was sewn with bound edges facing inside, and not showing on the outside (as the pattern called for). I also added Peltex Stabilizer to the front and back, as well as sturdy flex foam to the side gussets for padding and support.

Her pattern, as it is, is a great pattern.  I only modified it because it still wasn't exactly what I wanted in a bag.  Otherwise, it's a perfect pattern for a soprano Ukulele, and very easy to follow.  I'd suggest that you have some sort of prior bag making experience first though.  I would not try to tackle this if you are a beginner sewer.


It's so pretty and perfect for my new Ukulele Cheesy


The lining and handle and straps were made in music note fabric.  I figured it was only fitting.


The back straps were take from the Swoon "Lucy" backpack pattern. I then made small tabs that went over the raw edges of the top and bottoms of the straps to hide them.  There was no seam to sew them into, so they needed to be covered.


The zipper in the middle unzips to convert the strap from a shoulder strap to backpack straps.


I love this lime green zipper for the bottom!


The inside edges were raw, so they were covered in bias binding tape.  I would have preferred that the tape was lime green as well, but I didn't have enough, so I went with what I had, Navy.  It works.
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