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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Clutch on: January 30, 2007 01:00:49 PM
I love how this turned out.  I have been practicing quilting on my machine and making little bags-this is the best so far.  
The pattern is a sample from Kwik Sew (I used the small size): http://www.kwiksew.com/Projects/P5001/5001.purse.lo-res.pdf
The fabric is Amy Butler -lime dew drops (charm collection) and lime peel and sepia sun dahilas (ginger bliss collection) from my scraps drawer!




2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Challenge #1:Clutch Purse on: January 30, 2007 12:49:49 PM
I string pieced the material from scraps, quilted it, then made the clutch.  I love how it turned out!  



 

   

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boring, but useful - messenger bag on: January 24, 2007 12:50:20 PM
My hubby actually asked me to make HIM a bag!!!  He has 2 bags that he uses for work-1 is a laptop bag, that is great and has a hard padded outer case-but he says it is too much (too many pockets and too big to carry just a few things around.)  1 is a messenger bag, that is also too big, it is very floppy and when he carries just a few things in it, it just hangs sadly.  So-I made this just to fit his laptop and 2 binders snugly.  There is a divider sewn on the inside to slip file folders into or smaller books into, and the front pockets have pen holders and a pouch pocket, with a larger slip pocket behind that.  He is going to use a strap from another bag that is adjustable, so I just put on some d-rings.  

Details:
Size: 13.5' wide x 11' tall x 4" deep
Fabric: Navy and natural canvas



4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: Tan Flowers handbag (pic heavy) on: January 11, 2007 06:48:06 PM
I made this little bag today to fit all of my basic necessities.  It fits my wallet, cell phone, lip glosses, makeup, keys, and calendar. I made a goof in my measurements though, so it is still wider than I wanted, but I needed something to keep all of my stuff in-I am always leaving something behind when I move from diaper bag, to tote bag, to purse.  Now I can just grab one little bag instead of a bunch of things!  






OK-details:  Fabric- from remnant bin at JoAnn's  
                 Size- 10" wide x 5 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" deep
                 Pattern-made it up

Thanks for looking!

Tutorial:
I'm going to attempt to explain how I did the zipper-warning! no professional knowledge here!   Cheesy  Im sure there is a better way to put in a zipper top, so if you know, please share!  

I was studying bags with zippers and trying to see how they were put together-I have looked at the tutorial for the slouchy hobo (by tinafish) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35575.0
but haven't made one yet.  This is similar, but no gatherings at the top. It is also like making a lined zippered pouch, but you don't sew across the zipper at the side seams-you make a little place for it along the top, so it tucks down into the sides.  I made a test bag out of scraps to make sure the design would work.  And I also made a new bag since the tan one was bigger than I wanted!

So here is how I did it-Some pictures were better than others so there are pictures along the way from two bags-the test bag was out of bright flowered scraps and my new bag is black canvas with plaid lining.  I used the same design for each just with different dimensions (I hope that make sense!)  
Test Bag:
            
Black and Plaid Bag:  


1. Decide how big you want the bag, add seam allowances, inches for the depth, then **1 inch to the top**  Cut out 2 outer and 2 lining pieces from this measurement.  Also cut out any pockets you want and the strap.  (my strap was about 1 inch wide)

2. On the top two corners of the outer and lining pieces measure in 1 inch and mark, then cut out a section between the marks 1 inch from the top of the bag.  





3. Make sure your zipper is at least as long as the total length of the bag.  Lay 1 lining piece right side up, line the top of the zipper with the edge facing right side up, then lay 1 outer piece right side down on top of the zipper and pin the edges.  


4. Sew the zipper in starting and stopping at the red dots in the drawing from step 2.  Fold the pieces back and iron flat-then topstitch along this edge.  Repeat along the other side of the zipper.


5. If you are putting in pockets or interfacing do this now. (the white part that you see in the rest of the photos is fusible fleece interfacing) Also sew up your strap if you havent done it yet.  

6. Now its time to start sewing up the bag!  Pin around the edges of the lining making sure to leave an opening in the bottom for turning and pin all the way up the edges of the tabs. You may want to pin the zipper and other tabs out of the way.  Sew this seam.   (it will not be flat due to the topstitching on the zipper area, but stretch it out as much as you can. )  I found it is easier to sew from the bottom to the top where the tabs are, then sew the bottom seams.  Open your zipper now (3/4 of the way-you will be turning the bag through this opening) Repeat on the outer pieces but sew completely across the bottom.  


7. Now reach through the hole in the lining bottom and pull the outer part through, flipping the whole thing through the zipper and push the lining to the inside.  Now at the ends of the zipper you should have little holes-get your strap and make sure it fits nicely down into the hole.  If it fits pin it into place along the outer fabric.  If the strap doesnt fit, you will need to trim and resew.   Sad


8. Carefully flip the bag inside out again, making sure you dont pull out the straps.

9. Now it is time to sew up the zipper tabs.  You should have 4 layers sticking out on the side tabs-the lining, zipper, strap end, and outer.  



Make these lay nice and flat and pin. (first remove the pin that you put on the outside -it was just to keep the strap from pulling out of the hole while you flipped the bag-and you don't want to sew over it!!) On the side where the zipper is open pin very carefully so the zipper teeth are together.  You may find it easier to make this lie flat of you push the fabric towards the zipper so it sort of makes a point toward the tabs.


 You will be sewing close to the edge of the bag-  Fit this under the presser foot-It may be a tight squeeze-mine was!  If it is tight, you may have to push it along (carefully please-no needles through fingers now) or pull it along the back.


10. Trim the zipper tabs close to the seam

11. If you want your bag to have box corners on the bottom, do this now.  (mine were 1 inch in)

12. Turn your bag right side out again and sew up the hole in the lining- Done!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / List & Links to Advent Calendar Ideas on: November 21, 2006 07:31:15 PM
I have been looking around for ideas to make an advent calendar for a few days now, all I need to do is pick one and get busy!

Ideas found around the internet:
-Christmas calendar
http://www.getcreativeshow.com/Crafting_Sewing_Conference_Center/craft_sewing_seminars/christmascalendar.htm
-Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_occasions_december/article/0,1789,HGTV_3270_3313699,00.html
Garnet Hill-Home for the Holidays Advent Calendar
http://www.garnethill.com/jump.jsp?itemID=5969&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=advent
Garnet Hill-Giving Tree Advent Calendar
http://www.garnethill.com/jump.jsp?itemID=12609&itemType=PRODUCT&RS=1&keyword=advent
-Printable advent calendar-Jan Brett
http://www.janbrett.com/christmas_treasury_advent_calendar.htm

I also found some people who make a little stocking for each day and string them up with a gift or activity inside.
Martha Stewart stockings http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel172044
Kiddley/SouleMama Stockings http://kiddley.com/2006/11/24/advent-stockings/

I'll update soon when I decide and begin this project...
Any other great ideas??
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Projects from my road trip on: August 08, 2006 12:55:58 PM
My hubby and I took a little trip for our anniversary, and I usually read in the car but we got some books on CD to listen to, so I took the opportunity to do some practice embroidery projects.  I have done cross stitch in the past but I really like the embroidery look better.  I got some stitch instruction books from the library, some stencils from Michaels (DMC Linea on sale for 50 cents each!), and some pearl cotton.  I am going to use the panels to make zipper bags like this one that I made recently.  


First-a flower using stem stitch



Second-little flowers using backstitch and french knots for the centers (you can see them get better as I moved to the left!)



Third-a leaf using chain stitch-it took about four tries before I figured this stitch out!  



7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial-Unlined tote bag with french seams on: July 29, 2006 08:04:17 PM
I want to make up these little bags for the girls in my cabin at camp.  It is very simple to make and using the french seam means you don't have to finish the edges in any way.  (French Seam: A seam stitched first on the right side and then turned in and stitched on the wrong side so that the raw edges are enclosed in the seam.)


Tip:An unlined bag like this is best when made with heaver weight fabrics

Directions
1.  Cut a rectangle that is the width you want (plus 1 inch seam allowance) and twice the height you want (plus 1 inch seam allowance) mine-13"w x 26"h


2.  Fold in half with the WRONG sides together


3.  Sew up the sides


4.  Clip the top and bottom corners, turn inside out and iron the side seams nice and flat (make sure you push the seam all the way to the edge)  Now you can sew up the sides again .  *Make sure your seam is wide enough to enclose the raw edge or you will have the raw edges sticking out on the right side!*



5.  Iron the top edge down twice and sew all the way around



6.  Sew on straps to top edge

7.  Finished!  Wasn't that easy?  

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / brown flower pouch on: July 29, 2006 07:05:38 PM
I made this for my mom's birthday. It is made with natural canvas and I did the flower embroidery by hand.  My brother's girlfriend was envious-she thought it was cool.  I'll have to make her one!  
The size is 5"h x 8"w x 1"d




9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Curved Bottom Purse-Black and Stripes-Summer version done!TUTORIAL ADDED! Pg4 on: May 25, 2006 08:40:58 PM
Tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97587.msg1035583#msg1035583

I made this purse a few months ago and I like the shape and size, but I want to make a Spring/Summer version.  So, take a look and tell me what you think...I will post a new version soon!  

It measures 8.5"w x 5"h x 3"d.  I designed it to be able to fit my checkbook size wallet, makeup pouch, cell phone, and a few other little things.  








Spring/Summer version!

The fabric is from Joann's decorator fabrics paired with natural canvas.
I tried putting a zipper in the top, but it didn't look right, so last night I took it apart and put on a flap instead.  I also made it a little taller than the black one.  This one measures 9"w x 6"h x 3"d







I took pictures as I made it so I will put up a tutorial soon for those who asked.  
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Dots Tote or Baby Bag (Tutoral Link added!) on: May 25, 2006 12:53:26 PM
Well, here is another baby bag since that seems to be a popular thing right now.

Actually I was just trying to come up with a different style tote bag and I liked it so much I decided to use it as a baby bag!

The only bad thing about it is that when I have it stuffed I can't use the magnetic snap.  So, the next one will have a flap or a zipper (when I figure out how to put a zipper in the top of a bag!)  

Tutorial Here: http://craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97587.msg1035583#msg1035583

It is 12"w x 12"h x 5"d  




Filled up with stuff


Zip Pouch to match
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