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1  Slouchy Bag Happiness! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: August 15, 2008 08:53:52 AM
I finally found a purse design that I really like! My sister saw the kitty cat one I made and begged me for one made out of that Alexander Henry tattoo print fabric. So I made it....and a few more! They are soooooo easy. They are just your basic Jordy. So anyone could make one like them.

here is hers:


and then the two others I made





Yay for productivity and a "pattern" I enjoy making!


Nikki

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2  Cute Little Kittens and More Amy Butler in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: August 13, 2008 05:06:44 PM
well i gave up on that 'mock messenger' bag for now. i know it needs something but i spent 30 minutes in the craft store the other day looking for cool buttons or something and all i came home with was a flower shaped yo-yo maker thingy.....its still in its package, lol

i decided to try something new instead. im always so critical of my own work, but i think this one came out nice. it looks much less like a pillow in person  Tongue


and then this one, its just a regular slouchy bag, but i am in LOVE with the kittens!!!


and now i'm out of magnetic snaps and so is walmart and hancocks...so im grumpy.  Angry

expect to see a mess of zipper pouches/wallets in the next day or so, lol.

thanks for peeking into my little crafty world.

Nikki
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3  Wallet Fever!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: August 11, 2008 10:04:15 AM
here are some wallets I have made over the last few weeks. i think they are awesome. there's one card slot inside and a zippered coin pocket on the back. i'm still carrying the first one i made in february, lol.  i know i have prolly posted this style of wallet on here before, but i got some new fabric, so I had to share them  Wink




Comments/Critiques are appreciated.


Nikki
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4  New Bag...not sure what to think... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: August 08, 2008 05:40:59 AM
ive been on a zipper pouch and wallet kick here lately and i just ran out of hardware so while i wait for new supplies i decided to make a purse. i devised the pattern while waiting in line to pick up my kids from school and in my mind i envisioned the fabric and everything and its done now and i am just not sure if it is as nice as i was imagining. it seems a little blah or like its missing something. (oh and my camera is being difficult or the lighting was bad or something....the print itself looks much better in person, lol)

please let me know what you think be cruel or be kind, just be honest  Grin

i used two of amy butler's midwest modern fabrics....(im having so much trouble cutting this stuff...its sooo pretty!)


here it is hanging up to show size. its 8 inches tall and 11 inches wide with a big 4 inch bottom


I just keep looking at it and thinking i should have done something different, like maybe a contrat fabric on the flap or something.....help!!!


Nikki
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5  owls, pandas, dolphins, skulls, elephants, paisley and productivity OH MY! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: July 22, 2008 01:20:43 PM
Finally a good day!!!  I have gotten a lot done. I made some zipper pouches for my nieces-in-law. We visited them over the 4th of July and uh oh, they found out that I made stuff! I promised I'd send them each something to start the school year off with. I LOVE making zipper pouches, they are fast, easy and everyone can use one for something. Plus, they don't take up much fabric, which is always a plus, so made more than one of a few of them.

First, let me link to the the wonderful lined zipper pouch tutorial that led me to create such tidy zippers. If you ever have trouble with zippers or have been afraid to try one, bookmark this link ASAP!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0
e.r.i.k.a where ever you are, you ROCK!!!!!!

Now onto the goodies I made today:





and these that I made over the last few weeks:



And, a good day wouldn't be a good day without making at least one purse. I finally cut into this brown owl fabric that I bought 6 yards of for-EVER ago. Got to love a Jordy.  Smiley  Here is the Jordy tutorial link, just in case there in one person left who hasn't seen it yet.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0

Any-HOOT! here it is:



So yay, for productivity! I made 7 zipper pouches and 1 purse today and its only 4:20 pm.

Whatchall think?

Nikki

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6  Re: Zipper woes...any help appreciated in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by sewnikki on: July 17, 2008 04:13:28 PM
go here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 NOW!!!

IMO, this tute is the best zipper tute i've seen. its easy, fast and yields awesome results in pencil cases, clutches and little pouches. here ia a pouch i made this afternoon: does it look as good as I think it does? lol



ive tweaked the method a bit and have made it even easier for myself and if i can motivate myself, i will post a seperate tute of exactly how i do mine.

HtH

Nikki
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7  Need Some Opinions on My Wallets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by sewnikki on: July 17, 2008 08:31:34 AM
okay, which side should the key fob go on?

on the left side of the front


or the right side of the front


i can't but think it looks better on the left side......BUT, when carrying my own, i find it works better on the right side, because of the zipper pocket on the back


is there a standard or preference for this? or it not that important and am i fussing over nothing?

i am being driven crazy and sadly, its me behind the wheel most of the time.

Nikki
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8  two more purses....sushi and amy butler in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: June 14, 2008 01:16:39 PM
yay for productivity!  i managed to get two more purses done over the last 2 days...i am loving this pattern. its basically a jordy, so it's easy, but produces a very nice result. whatcha think?






and...




I'm determined to keep going this time....so hopefully you will see more new goodies soon!  Wink

Nikki
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9  my big fat redneck wedding dress....well sorta in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: June 09, 2008 11:06:51 PM
okay so my honey and i are nascar fans...okay, i am a 'fan', he is a FANATIC.....anyways, we had tickets to a race here in atlanta in march. a week or so before the race he checked the track's website for last minute info. they were offering "Track Weddings".....we discussed it for a day or so and decided that with 4 kids and family all over the US, we were never going to work out having a traditional wedding. the next day we took care of the legal aspect of it at the courthouse and it was officially "on".

being a woman, i got to thinking..hey wait a minute, im giving up coming down the isle in some beautiful wedding gown....so i decided 4 days prior to the BIG day that i was going to make my own dress. but this was a NASCAR wedding. i couldnt parade around the track in some fru-fru white dress. classic and traditional get tossed out the window when you are planning a trackside wedding dress.

i found the pattern i wanted and the perfect fabric and began with 3 days remaining. i also got my nails done....to match the fabric.

the wedding coordinator called us with 2 days remaining and half a dress made and dropped the bomb. no dresses, skirts, shorts or open-toed shoes were allowed since we were going to have pit road access and the majority of events would take place on the track.

i was so upset!!!!  Cry i lost nearly half a day trying to somehow salvage my idea. my honey was sympathetic and tried to convice me that a Jeff Gordon t-shirt would go just as well with his jeans and Dale Jr. t-shirt.....i however, was not convinced.

with one day remaining, i decided on a stylish vest and tossed out more $$ on the pattern and more fabric.

well, heck! 12 hours to go and i screwed up bigtime! i never fit the sizing chart on those stupid patterns and my non-educated guess was about 2 sizes too small....

knowing i needed sleep or at least some rest, i made one final trip to the store at 1am to buy supplies to throw together my very last hope of making and wearing my own anything.

and the next day I was married to my honey on the start/finish line in front of the whole crowd wearing:

Tada! A corset-y, vest-y kinda thing.....with my doc martens, of course.. Grin


kissy-kissy


i looked happy here, but it was about 38 degrees and windy!


truly happy here.....hugging my new hubby and getting WARM!



anyways, i realize i prolly rambled on way too long and over dramatized, but you only get one wedding right? okay maybe two.....


thanks for sticking around until the end, lol.


i didnt look too redneckish did i? lol


Nikki



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10  back on the purse wagon!(pics)+Key Fob Tute p3 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewnikki on: June 09, 2008 08:52:07 PM
and the craftster wagon too for that matter.   Cheesy

ive been so busy with the kiddos and school and now summer vacation. not to mention adding a 5th child to my fantastic four by taking on a full-time babysitting gig.  (imagine this....its a humid 97 degree afternoon....im outside trying to explain watering restrictions and heat exhaustion to my 3 boys ages 6-9, all the while biding my time till the perfect moment to whip out the handy-dandy mosquito repellant hidden behind my back and soak the little devils....2 hits, 1 miss....then i come inside to my lovely air conditioned home and plop on the couch for a moment before deciding what id least hate to cook for dinner and there they are....my 4yo oh-so-precious daughter in the middle of painting the shirt and arms of my 3yo godson....with  Shocked  MODGE PODGE!!!......yeah, that was last friday) whoooohoooo!

anyways! with what little time ive had to myself, i seem to have themed each of the last 4 months with a new idea that I thought would consume less time but still satisfy my need to create....boooo, never settle for less!

THANKFULLY, things are finally falling into place, routines are being learned and the chaos is getting manageable so im finding the time to spend a little longer "working".  i got to do my first custom bag order in months yesterday and by golly, miss molly, i think the purse bug is BACK!!!

not only have i missed "pursing", ive really missed lurking around here. i think i have clicked every new post since march or so in the past hour, lol. im just drooling over what everyone has been doing. then i remembered why i like it here. everyone is so creative and kind enough to share their own work as well as advice, experiences and opinions. you guys really inspire me to get it together and start making and sharing my own goodies.

so, without further ado and babbling..

the super-quick, super-enthusiastic 4 month recap of what i have been doing and not doing...

february was unofficially wallet/zippered pouch month i do believe. i got on this kick and made like 30 of them...then burned out  Cry


march was key fob month, not a bag persay, but they do carry your keys  Wink  (still making a few of these actually, lol)


ah april, I actually made a purse!!!


may was almost completely void of things that carry stuff

YAY for June!!! 3 purses in 2 days!!!.....hey thats big for me  Tongue i dont have a pic of the custom i did and im kicking myself now. so try to imagine the skull print one with pink hippy van fabric instead. it was awesome, i swear.

this one was an exact copy of the custom bag, but with my favorite fabric....my friend manipulated me out of it in less than an hour!  Angry


and this is a slight evolution of the same bag, but with a cheerier print. it screams summer to me...



ive gotten a lot more requests from friends and family for versions of the bags above and since they offered money, i assume they aren't just being nice, lol. so yay, i really feel like im getting my purse mojo going again. im actually giddy  Grin


Viva la Craftster!!!


Nikki
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