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11  Super nervous! I just listed my first etsy item!! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by brubendall on: October 21, 2006 07:12:20 PM
I "opened" my etsy shop about 6 months ago, but just now listed my first item! 

http://www.etsy.com/view_item.php?listing_id=570224



Any constructive criticism?   Undecided
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12  Re: Completed my first bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: September 25, 2006 08:32:58 PM
 

I like the fabric!  Great job for a first purse!  Much better than my first!
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13  Boxy diaperbag with Amy Butler fabric in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: September 25, 2006 04:53:03 PM
I made this as my "sample" to take to my 1st craft fair this coming Saturday.  It has a total of 7 pockets (4 inside with elastic, one large velcro on the front which holds the matching changing pad, 2 on the outside on each side for bottles, keys, etc)

Adjustable and removeable shoulder strap, plus adjustable/removeable backpack straps.  Matching changing pad included, it is terry cloth on one side, and has two pockets on the other side for diapers and wipes if you just want to take this along sometimes instead of your whole bag. Zippered top with velcro flap.  Matching/removeable key clip.

I used every little scrap of an Amy Butler fat quarter for this project!  Grin

I will have loads of fabric at this fair and this is one of the items I will be taking custom orders for.  It just takes too long to make up a lot of these and if one went unsold that would be a lot of time/money out the window!  Smiley

Onto the pics:

 



 

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14  Re: Cute Pink and Brown Tote w/Ribbons in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: September 12, 2006 09:16:23 PM


Cheesy
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15  Blue, brown & orange baby shower - 3 PICS! in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by brubendall on: September 11, 2006 12:39:19 PM
I threw a shower for a friend this weekend.  She's having a boy.  We didn't do a "theme" for the shower, just kept it along the same color lines.

Here are the invites.  The inside is just the info printed onto the card:


Here was one of 2 signs to help people find the house:


And the diapercake centerpiece.  We like to keep things somewhat simple and clean:


Oddly enough, everyone thought the diaper cake was so cute and no one had ever seen one before!  I guess that's what happens when you live in Nebraska.  Usually we're not so far behind the times!  I guess that just makes me appear more "with it" and "modern" than alot of the people around me.  Wink

We played one game:
Wrap a small object (we did some lotion from Bath & Body Works).  Then wrap it again in a larger box, then wrap that in a larger box, repeat, repeat, repeat.  Get a baby bonnet (big enough to fit an adult), bib and other assorted baby items.  Have the big wrapped present in the middle of all the people.  Get a dice (just one) and a box lid.  Have the guests roll the die in the box lid and then pass it to the next person.  If you get a six, you have to go in the middle, put on all the baby stuff and then get your picture taken.  Then you get to start unwrapping the present.  The rest of the guests are still passing the die around and if someone else gets a six the first person has to stop unwrapping, give all the baby items to the new person who puts it on, gets their pic taken and then gets to continue unwrapping the present.  Whoever finally unwraps the present gets to keep it.  It was fun and made for fun pictures.  Smiley
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16  Re: First Post-Clutch Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: September 10, 2006 12:25:54 PM
Here ya go:



I like the fall colors.  Perfect for this cooler weather.  Smiley
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17  Re: Need advice: bag width wider then strap in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by brubendall on: September 09, 2006 10:39:28 PM
Here is what I would probably do.

Say your bag width is 4 inches.  And your strap width is 3 inches.

Use a separate piece that attaches from the bag to the strap, with some hardware inbetween.  Make this fabric piece the same width as your bag (so 4 inches in this scenerio). But your hardware piece should be the same width as your strap.  Let the fabric gather along the top of the hardware piece.  This should evenly distribute the weight.  I do this all the time because it looks nice.  Here's a sample (look at the handle that's farthest away in this pic):



I would also be sure to reinforce both this handle piece (not the handles itself, but the little "bridge" piece) with extra interfacing, and reinforce she seam on the top of the bag where you're attaching the "bridge" piece.

That's just what I would do.  Smiley
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18  DUH-RULE...DROOL 1st suede bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: September 07, 2006 10:35:31 PM
I do believe I have a new love in my life....SUEDE!  This was my first time working with suede.  I was a little bit scared at first, but I picked the ugliest color of the bunch for practice (I was given a bunch for free!)  I really like the shape and design, perhaps I would like it a bit narrower on the sides, but, eh.

I did try and normalize the color in the first pic.  That pic, the color of the purse is more true (although it looks like the pic is from the 70's!).  The rest of the pics came out pretty orange.  It's more of a burnt-orangish-brown color.

What does anyone think?


 

 
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19  Re: retro make up bags (5 small pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: September 07, 2006 06:54:12 PM
No questions are stupid!  Grin

First, thought I would post this:  These are the instructions that Leah linked to in her blog that you can't get to from her blog (if that makes any sense).  I found these instructions easier to follow:

http://web.archive.org/web/20041011190530/mariessewing.com/PatternsNew.htm

Seam binding...I used double fold bias tape:



In the store, this is usually located near the zippers.  You can make your own as well by taking a long strip of material, iron it in half length-wise, then open it up and iron each raw edge in to the center iron line.  Basically like making a really skinny purse handle, but don't sew it together. 

Once you have the bias tape (store-bought or homemade), sew your seams as normal, but sew both the lining and the outside fabric at the same time, so you're sewing directly onto the right side of the lining fabric.  From the outside, the seam will look normal.  From the inside, you can see your raw edges.  So take your bias tape and fit it around the raw seam, then sew in place, effectively covering up the raw edge.  Fold the corners in, too.

Boy, that's a long explanation for a quick thing.  If you have trouble understanding, please ask!!  Smiley
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20  Re: retro make up bags (5 small pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: September 07, 2006 06:37:34 PM
I love these!  I've been making some of these as well, but none of my fabrics are as cool as yours.  Smiley

I LOVE making the triangle one.  I line it and construct it the same and then use seam binding on the two raw edges.  Here is one I made:



I've also used seam binding on the regular shaped one.  If you look at make-up bags you buy in the store, they are often made this way.
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