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1  In this oppressove heat I sew for fall/winter in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by blackbags on: August 11, 2006 07:09:26 PM
I rummage through wools, felt, and dark fabrics while the central air does it's thing. I do mamange to slip in something a little brighter just to make the days go by easier. I have been sewing like a mad woman, thinking about doing a craft or trunk show this fall, and I will need to be prepared.

Made from new fabric

Recycled from a wool skirt purchased at GoodWill

Recycled from an old pair of jeans (mine)
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2  Recycled turtleneck lives on as ... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by blackbags on: July 30, 2006 03:17:15 PM
I made an impulse purchase of fabric. Over $20+ per yard. Somedays I don't know what I am thinking. Great fabric, I really like it. I think the handbag turned out pretty good. The recycled turtleneck comes into play with the lining. There was a stain on the sleeve but I loved the color so I hide it in my stash. I was rummaging through my fabric stash when I came upon the turtleneck (cotton knit). What a combination, the most expensive fabric I have ever cut in to mixed with recycled clothing.
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3  Re: Finally completed: Peter Max Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by blackbags on: July 22, 2006 06:21:09 AM
Dimensions: 12"W, 8.5"H, 3"D

Handles were attached with a coordinating grograin ribbon that is stitched between the exterior and interior fabrics.

Key fob hardware was purchased on eBay

Interior was completed using stone washed denim. I grew up in the era of Peter Max and the Yellow Submarine, so when I thought about it, jeans finally came to mind.

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4  Finally completed: Peter Max Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by blackbags on: July 22, 2006 03:46:11 AM
I have had this fabric for what seems like forever, and have had this bag cut out, interfaced and ready to go, only to have it buried under others. Really, I had no idea as to what kind of interior fabric I wanted to use. Well, it is finally completed, and breathing new life.
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5  Over the Slump in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by blackbags on: July 16, 2006 07:29:50 AM
I swear I will NEVER do custom work again! Not even for family and friends (sorry guys). I get my kicks from the fabrics I work with and sometimes doing custom work means having to sew with some "blah" fabrics. That project was finished up last week, but I found myself in a slump because of it. Depressed over the fabrics and I really didn't want my name on it either. But we have to move on, don't we! So yesterday I closed the door on the studio and forced myself back to work. I am so glad I did, because the slump has been magically lifted.  Cheesy
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6  Re: Hard Bottom Inserts in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by blackbags on: July 16, 2006 07:14:55 AM
I actually use corrugated plastic. I use a spray adhesive and adhere it to the inside of the exterior before placing the lining in. The insert is permanently adhered and sandwiched within the bag itself. All my bags are able to stand on their own with this method. Good luck experimenting.

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7  Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases in What the heck can I do with THIS? by blackbags on: July 02, 2006 08:51:06 AM
Okay so I had a bag nearly done, a pleather shoulderbag. Hubby destroyed the few CD's I gave him so I tried this idea.

Here is the interior shot of this bag.

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8  Re: retro fabric scraps in What the heck can I do with THIS? by blackbags on: July 02, 2006 06:40:06 AM
Make some retro fabric key fobs (great holiday gifts)

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9  Re: Old jumper to new bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by blackbags on: July 02, 2006 05:16:19 AM
I just finished a bag and matching key fob from an old jumper of mine, had a stain (so sad) but not anymore!

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10  Re: How do you use up scraps / make the most of your stash? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by blackbags on: July 02, 2006 04:46:59 AM
Fabric Key Fobs:

Materials: Interfacing (stiff) 9"L, 1.25"W, Fabric Scrap 9"L, 4.5"W, Key Fob Hardware, Pioneer Extra Strong  Embellishment Glue Stick, Pliers, Iron

Iron fabric smooth, and fuse interfacing strip to back of fabric.  Keep in mind your placement if you are looking to capture part of a pattern.

Fold over shortest edge, and make sure it is pressed against the interfacing (this is your template for the finished size). Press with iron.

Do the same on the other side, and folding under the raw edge to leave a clean line (this will be the inside/back). Press with iron.

Using the Pioneer Glue Stick, glue the last folded edge to the back of the fabric strip. I cover the fabric then with a paper towel and press. This glue stick is like magic! You can also opt to sew this in place. Trim loose threads on each end.

Get out the hardware we are ready to start putting this puppy together.

Fold the fabric strip in hald and press. Fold uner 1/4" on raw edges to the inside (side with seam). This allows the jaws of the hardware to really take hold. Place fabric strip in the key fob clamp and have your pliers ready. Make sure that there are no loose threads popping out, then gently squeeze enough just to hold the fabric strip in place.

Now get either another scrap piece of fabric (I use a paper towel) and cover the hardware before squeezing the pliers on the hardware. This will help in reducing any scratching of the hardware from the pliers. And I mean squeeze!

Add your split ring and you are done.

Hope this is detailed enough.
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