This purse is how I found Craftster! Last autumn I was making a purse for my daughter and while trying to find an easier way to do the zipper, I found e.r.i.k.a's tutorial for the Lined Zippered Pouch. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 And I fell in love with Craftster!!
Here's a picture of the purse:
The lace-up detail turned out great, first time I ever used grommets. The pouch is lined with the same fabric as I set in behind the lacing, and I put a pocket inside as well. My daughter loves it!
Since then I have made a few Jordy bags and a couple of the Rounder Roomy bags including one for myself with a kanzashi flower pin. It is so nice to have so many fabulous tutorials to choose from!! THANK YOU CRAFTSTERS!!!
As always, your work is stunning and perfect. You are an inspiration to me!!
I love the shape of that hobo bag, is it your own secret design or is there a tute here somewhere for something along those lines?
Those German patterns make me think of the clothes my Oma used to send over for me when I was a little girl. The Christmas package from Europe that we never got until mid-January, and all the cookies in it were stale by then. But still yummy. Mmm memories...
A safer way to make the edges look burned is to tear them then brush the torn parts with lemon juice then bake it at a low heat for a while (or use a heat gun, the type that rubber stamp people use, not the type that strips wallpaper!) It turns a really dark brown. For my daughter's project, she spritzed the entire page lightly with watered-down lemon juice so it would be light brown all over, then did the edges with full-strength lemon juice to look burned.
Aren't projects like that just soooo much fun?
Edited to add: If you print the pages off first with an inkjet printer, be careful not to get them wet with lemon juice or the ink will run!! Probably would be okay with laserjet printed pages.
I love this idea! You did such a fabulous job, wow! It makes me think of Mr. Dressup's Tickle Trunk - which sounds like something dirty but that was where he kept his dress-up clothes. (Boy am I dating myself...)
My niece, when she was in her mid-teens, gave my daughters a big box of beautiful dress-up clothes. It had things like long gloves, costume jewelry, fancy elastic-waisted skirts, neat hats, lovely scarves, etc. She just kept her eyes open for anything fancy at thrift stores, and I suspect some of it came right out of her closet; she loved wild clothes. It was an excellent gift, no wonder she was always the favourite cousin!
But they never had anything as cool as that suitcase to keep it all in!
I've never worked with that heatbond stuff, I'm kinda excited about it! Does it glue well enough to keep the edges of the cut fabric from fraying? Does it stand up well to washing? I'm thinking I'm going to have to go find me some of this magical wonderful stuff!!
I love love love your bag! My SIL is a hardcore penguin collector so my ears perk up whenever I hear the word!
Well, Toronto's almost 3 hours away from me, and Ottawa is that much further, too bad since that sounds like the kind of craft sale I've been looking for. I've been trying to find out if there is anything interesting in London (an hour from me). You'd think there would be since not only is it a fair-sized city, but also with UWO there, there must be some funky and cool craftsters. Sadly the only events I have been able to find are things like Home County Folk Festival which I do love and attend faithfully but which has such high booth fees that many craftspersons would have a hard time.
Again, I'd definitely support some type of organization for Canadian / Ontarian craftsters. Although not TOO organized, that's not our style... or at least it's not MY style.
I too would be interested in finding something along those lines. (I'm in Ontario too). In the meantime though here are some other sites I've found that are specifically Canadian, you might find something in one of their listings.
I'd like to see something that's just a little more indie and gritty, if you know what I mean. I'd support something like that.
I'd really love to see information about local craft shows that have less tole-painted birdhouses and more skulls-and-crossbones (for example), or see someone start organizing some. Something like the DIY Trunk Show (the website for which seems to be gone now, alas). I'm sure there are some things like that going on in Toronto but what about the rest of us who happen not to live in the centre of the Canadian universe?
Thanks for those tips, I have some jewelry I need to photograph and have been pondering the best way to do it.
Wondering, would bristol board give a smooth background? I know sometimes the colours look a bit mottled (especially the cheapie ones sold at dollar stores) but the plain white might work.
I look forward to seeing other people's examples - I have never really known what was meant by a "juried" craft show - somehow I thought it meant your work was judged at the show itself and you got a ribbon at the end of it or something!! But I'm gathering that it has more to do with getting accepted to be a part of it. *sigh* It's a long way away from the church ladies' bazaars that my mom and I used to go to sell our crafts at!!