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1  Re:embroidered robot on t-shirt in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by second-hand-smoke on: April 21, 2004 06:08:52 AM
ooo! i love your robot! i just had to share mine. i did this one awhile ago on a black denim jordy bag. aren't robots wonderful?


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2  (my take on the) messenger bag with gusset tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: April 11, 2004 04:21:45 PM
i wanted to say thank you for the awesome tutorial! i didn't think i could make a bag like this but you made it so easy!! here is what i did with it:

front of first "onion bag"

back of bag (notice i added a pocet on the back)

and the inside (i also added a pocket to the inside)

and here's the front and back of the second bag:


i added a pocket to both the front and the back of this bag as well as the inside. this one is lined in yellow felt. for some reason the picture wouldn't load, but it basically looks the same as the other except i stitched around the top of this one.

both bags are made out of recycled onion bags and have extra long straps so you can wear them with the strap across your chest like a messenger bag (and no, they don't smell like onions except when you first iron them.  Wink in fact, the one i've been carrying smells like spearmint gum!)
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3  Re:Coasters out of old records? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by second-hand-smoke on: April 10, 2004 09:29:50 AM
i've made them ususing metal shears to cut the record (be careful - little pieces of plastic go flying and they're sharp!) then sand the edges and laminate them. yes, they WILL fit thru your laminator, but you have to be careful with the old old records - they melt on the edges if you try to laminate them, but anything post 50's will work. the sanding is the worst part. if you want to cheat a bit you can wrap the edges with some ribbon. the other thing i've done is put the album piece inside a 45 like this:

just heat up the 45 and then wrap it around (laminated) cut out piece. make sure you make the edges flared enough to hold your drink. these are also good for holding trinkets on your desk or dresser.
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4  A-line Jordy Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: February 24, 2004 07:02:10 AM
I've been playing around with Jordy's GREAT tutorial for a square bottom bag and came up with this A-line version.

I will post a more detailed tutorial if anybody needs it, but basically it goes like this:

Make a pattern that is a triangle with its top cut off instead of a rectangle. You still cut the little squares out of the bottom, you use the same pattern for the handle. For this bag I also added a flap - just measure a rectangle that is the same size as your opening, and as long as you'd like it to be on the bag. I rounded the corners for niciness.

Now - assemble as you would for the Jordy bag. Sew the outside with interfacing, sew the lining (I sew both corners together and leave a hole in the top front to pull thru instead), sew the handle, sew the flap together right sides facing -turn inside out and iron. Turn the lining right side out. Slip the handle down into the bag, pin the flap in place on the back (INSIDE the bag, right sides facing - remember - anything you want on the outside must be on the inside). Stitch all around the top leaving a hole at the front to pull your bag thru. Turn it all right side to itself and press the seam down where the hole is. Stitch all the way around.

NOW - on this bag I haven't put the velcro under the flap yet, and I didn't stitch all the way around the top because my NON free arm machine wouldn't do it with the stiffness of the bag. Instead I jsut stitch witched the seam closed and ironed the top flat. Obviously this pattern is still in its tweaking stages. I plan to make it a little wider at top and bottom in order to accomodate my equipment (it won't even slip over the end of my ironing board and I don't have one of those sleeve thingy's either!) BUT you get the general idea.

I plan to make another one soon so maybe I'll learn more then.

Let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy!

 Grin

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5  Re:Book Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by second-hand-smoke on: February 20, 2004 10:00:47 AM
So my Tip would be Look for a book that is wide enough to hold your stuff and is cool looking!

i've been making these for awhile now and i find that the reader's digest condensed books are a great size. they are just big enough to hold the essentials and the spine is wide enough, plus they have cool fabric covers that you can dress up or not as you see fit.





i use buttons and hair elastic to close them or sometimes satin ribbon ties - that way if you stuff a little too much in you can still close it (if you use velcros you are limited to the exact width of the book in order to get it closed) and nothing falls out (the elastic keeps it tight against your stuff).

i LOVE the cover of that drescher book tho. too bad it isnt bigger. maybe you could change the handle and just use it as an oversized wallet? it's too awesome not to do something with. Grin
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6  wrist bag with zipper in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: February 16, 2004 03:41:39 PM
i want to thank comfits for the great zipper tutorial! it inspired me to make this little bag with a wrist strap for spring. hope you like it!




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7  bad poodle in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: February 16, 2004 03:36:48 PM
i was inspired by queenofindias bad kitty and bad bunny bags  http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=11;action=display;threadid=2618;start=0 to make one of my own. i work part time at a french cafe which is next door to a french boutique so i just had to do a bad poodle bag (a little rebellion keeps a person sane! lol)

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8  it's an onion bag, "deer" in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by second-hand-smoke on: February 11, 2004 05:27:29 PM
hi guys - my daughter brought me home this great onion bag from work today (she's so sweet to me!!) so of course i had to make a purse!
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9  Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: February 09, 2004 08:21:56 PM
how bout a snappy snap?
Grin
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10  Re:square bottomed lined bag tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by second-hand-smoke on: February 05, 2004 07:33:32 PM
YEAH JORDY!!! you're the best. i finally had a chance to try this out and it worked great! thank you thank you thank you!
so here is my first "jordy bag".  Wink i made it from a vintage handtowel and washcloth. the lining is from some scrap i had lying around. i didn't have any interfacing so i used a tyvek envelope - worked out fine! there is a velcro closure under the tab.
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