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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Help me find this fabric? on: October 28, 2006 03:18:35 PM
I know I've seen at least one other person on here (or maybe it was etsy?) that has this fabric.

I have done two craft fairs in the last month, my first and only fairs actually.  The purse above is actually my purse, but both times I have taken it as a 'sample' (I take custom orders at the fairs) and both times I could have sold this bag about 5 times.  My problem is I don't have any more of this fabric!  And the store I got it at had it in the 'one-of-a-kind' section, meaning they don't stock it.

Has anyone ever seen this fabric anywhere???  Help!!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boxy diaperbag with Amy Butler fabric 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:



13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Blue, brown & orange baby shower - 3 PICS! 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
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / DUH-RULE...DROOL 1st suede bag! 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?


15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Just a triangle zipper pouch on: August 28, 2006 08:13:21 AM
Following these instructions (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22428.0), I made this:

This was absolutely the easiest project I have done in a long time.  I added a lining, but then used bias tape to cover my seams.  Quicker and easier than sewing the lining separately.  Plus, I was afraid my lining would fall in on the inside.

I will definitely be making more of these.  I love that it stands on its own and the zipper stays open on its own, easy access to my makeup!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Multi-texture slouchy hobo! (IMG heavy) on: August 26, 2006 08:38:46 AM

First, does anyone know where I could get more of this fabric?

I've been busy making purses for an upcoming craft fair (my first!) but I HAVE to keep this one.  When I bought the fabric I didn't particulary love it, but I knew it was expensive and I was getting a good deal, so I bought it anyway.  Now, I LOVE it!

Outside and zipper pull detail:


And for size:
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Options for handles on: August 19, 2006 01:03:36 PM
I really want some handles similiar to this:

I can't find them anywhere. Short of making my own, which I am highly likely to attempt, can anyone think of any options that are similiar?

I don't have to have those exact handles, but i do want something similar in size (they're about 8 inches long and maybe 1.5 to 2 inches in height).  I like how it curves for you to hold it easily, but I could always make my tabs a little bit longer to allow for your hand to easily fit in there.  I definitely need the short drop (how"tall" they are).

Anybody ever made their own wooden handles?
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big Red Flower - angled handles bag on: July 26, 2006 09:05:24 PM
Just completed another one of these (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108647.0) bags.  I so wish i had more of this fabric, but this is all I had - it's a gorgeous woven upholstery piece.  I literally have a 4x6" piece left.  But it was free, so I can't complain!!

Inside zippered pocket, with striped surprise:

Open pockets on other side (1 for pen, 2 for cell phone/lipstick):
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Brown with Bue flowers Handbag - NOW WITH PATTERN on: July 20, 2006 12:57:09 PM
So I saw this backpack:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107332.0

I knew I had to have some of that fabric.  I rushed out and got it, but then took several days to decide what kind of purse to make.  I had decided on just a simple two handled jordy, but ran across a picture I had printed off of a purse I liked.  I'm almost positive it was from Craftster, but I have no idea who made it - it was navy blue corduroy wth some red detailing on one of the front corners.  Anyway, I decided I would give it a go (even though I usually use crappy material the first time I try a new thing, I couldn't wait to use this fabric).  So if this is your design, thank you for the inspiration!

Front, closes with two magnetic snaps, one just below each handle:

Inside pockets: pen holder, and two open ones fit for lipstick or cell phone:

Large velcro pocket on other side.  This pocket is for all my receipts and paper I always have floating around in my purse.  I usually can't find anything because of all the receipts (I switched to a smaller wallet recently that doesn't have room for the receipts):

Small pocket on the end that holds my keys perfectly:

For size, on my shoulder:

And at my side:

I didn't take a side view, but it's 3.5" wide at the bottom, narrowing to nothing at the top.

Sor far, I like the style, though if you tend to carry a heavy purse, the handle situation might not work.  I'm trying to cut down on what I carry!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Ever seen purse handles like this? on: July 16, 2006 02:04:50 PM
I'm looking to buy purse handles like this:


Only probably smaller, I'm not sure how large these are, I want more of a handbag size, as opposed to a tote size.  I can't find these anywhere!  Any good links for me?

What I like is how short the drop is, that it isn't a big distance between the top of the handles (where you hold it) and where it attaches to the purse.
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