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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pinterest Pin Zippered Pouch on: April 26, 2014 04:09:07 AM
Aww...thanks!
I had been away forever, too.

Welcome back!  Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: English Paper Pieced Hexagon Dumpling Pouch on: April 14, 2014 04:44:28 AM
Oh my gosh - that pouch is just gorgeous!!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pinterest Pin Zippered Pouch on: April 14, 2014 04:42:28 AM
Did it take much fabric? I'd like to try making one if you do a tutorial  Smiley

The first one I made only took two fat quarters (one FQ for both outer and lining and one FQ for the binding). 
The others took 3 FQs - one FQ for outer, one FQ for lining and one FQ for binding.

The reason the first one only took 2 is because I was able to use the selvedge.   There's a fair bit of hand stitching involved, but not totally necessary.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pinterest Pin Zippered Pouch on: April 12, 2014 05:49:37 AM
So, I haven't been on Craftster since.....forever!!!  I have suddenly found myself with lots of time on my hands.  You see, I'm an Aussie who has just moved to the US (Philadelphia, PA area) with my husband and two boys (12 and 15).  My visa conditions don't allow me to work here, so I'm suddenly a stay at home Mum, which is foreign to me as I've always worked.  Anyway, I have spent lots of time on Pinterest and one pin in particular has haunted me.  It is a beautiful zippered pouch with no pattern.  I had to dig around the internet to find the actual source of the post and found it here:

http://blog.naver.com/PostThumbnailView.nhn?blogId=weebeehouse&logNo=150118184247&categoryNo=2&parentCategoryNo=0

I really, really, really wanted to try this and I searched high and low on the internet for a pattern, but I couldn't find one the same.  So, I drafted a pattern, made it, modified the pattern, made another, modified the pattern and third time lucky, I cracked it.  The result is pictured below.  I took pictures along the way and also made a digital PDF pattern.  If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to write up a tutorial.  I did consider selling the pattern, but decided not to, opting to share instead - 'cause that's what my Mum taught me.  Grin

If you want any more info, ask away!!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: December 19, 2013 02:45:36 PM
Hi I live in Australia and I don't know what Alum is. Can you please tell me? I'm a brand new Granny and want to make some quilt labels with your recipe!


Sorry for the long delay in replying - I've made a huge move from Australia to the US!!  Before I left Australia, I was told you can't buy alum over the counter anymore - something to do with the druggos!!!  You can buy it on ebay Australia - just search alum powder on Ebay and there are many sellers.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: July 18, 2012 01:58:30 PM
To try and answer some of your questions:

www.amazon.co.uk sell alum.

You could try substituting styptic powder for the alum.  Styptic powder is used by pet groomers and vets to stem bleeding caused when a blood vessel in a pet's nail is cut.  Styptic powder is available at any pet supply retailer and can be found alongside other pet first aid products. 

There are 3 ingredients in styptic powder and all are known to be used as mordants. 

I haven't tried it but I would guess that it would work given that all three ingredients are used as mordants.  If you are interested, the three ingredients are usually: 

Ferric Subsulfate, Potassium Alum and Zinc Sulphate

 Wink
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm Back and celebrating with a Fabric Bucket TUTORIAL!!! on: March 22, 2012 02:21:10 AM
Awesome!  How do you change the sizes of the corners as you go up in size?  Thanks!

The corner is half the width of the total bucket ie. if the bucket is 4 inches square, the corner 'cutout' would be 2 inches.  But since there is a fold instead of a seam allowance at the bottom of the bucket, you need to take off 1/4 inch.  That's why in the tutorial there is a 2 x 1 3/4 cutout.  So, if you were doing a 6 inch bucket, you would cut out a 3 x 2 3/4 inch cut out. 

Kinda hard to put into words!!  I hope this makes sense.  If not, let me know what size you want and I'll give you the measurements you need.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I'm Back and celebrating with a Fabric Bucket TUTORIAL!!! on: March 21, 2012 11:43:26 PM
It's been a while since I've been here.  Life and other stuff got in the way.   Roll Eyes  I know there are other fabric bucket tutorials out there but I make mine a little different and I'll also throw in a little extra - stamping on fabric!!!  So, here goes.

You only need a few scraps of fabric to make these cuties.  The one I show in the tutorial is a 4 inch bucket.  That's the size I mostly make as it stands up well on its own.  I've also made a 6 inch bucket for a gift that required more than a 4 inch size.  I purchased 40cm (16 inches) of fabric to make this 4 inch bucket and I can get two buckets from the length of fabric.  If you choose fabric wisely, you won't need interfacing.  I use Duck cloth which requires no interfacing.  Start by cutting out the following:

Two:  8.5 x 6.25 inch (on the fold - as shown in the photo)
Two:  2 x approx. 5 inch



Keeping the fabric folded, cut out 2 x 1.75 inch corners (Pay attention to which is the 2 inch side and which is the 1.75 inch side - refer to the photo.  The fold is the bottom edge in the photo) from both corners and from both fabric pieces.  



Mark and cut the corners:



This is what it looks like when unfolded:



Take your 2 x approx. 5 inch pieces:



Fold them in half lengthwise and press.  Fold the edges to the middle and press.  Top stitch along both lengths of each piece. These will be the handles.  Trim them both to 4.5 inches in length:



Now the fun part!!!  Grab your favourite rubber stamp - whether that be a photopolymer (clear) one, a red rubber one or one you (or someone else) have carved from an eraser.  It can be detailed or simple - it doesn't matter.  Get some felt and put on a plate.  Squeeze some acrylic paint onto the felt and using a paintbrush, 'paint' the acrylic paint into the felt so that there are no more 'puddles' of paint.  It's now an inkpad:



Press your stamp into the inked felt and stamp away onto the fabric, making sure you have reasonably even spacing.  Rotate the stamp to create a random pattern.  Here's where I started:



Keep going until the fabric is covered:



To make it look like you've cut the fabric from a bolt, you need to stamp part of the image along the cut edge.  Place some scrap paper under your fabric and stamp the image on the edge of the fabric, like this:



While you wait for your fabulous stamped creation to dry (it doesn't take very long), wash out your felt and you can re-use it.  Clean your paintbrush and plate.  By this time your stamped fabric should be dry.  Press the stamped fabric using the cotton setting, no steam.  As the bucket is unlikely to be laundered, the ink should remain permanent.  I know, because I've spilt acrylic paint on my jeans and I still haven't got it out!!!!

Onto construction of the bucket.  I use a 1/4 inch seam throughout.  Start by pressing 1/4 inch hem on the 2 edges of both the 'I' shapes as shown in the picture:



Unfold the hem and sew the side seams of both the outer and lining bags.  Finger press the seams open:



Sew the bottom corners of each bag (sorry - not an actual picture of the corner but hopefully you get the idea):



Turn the outer bag right side out:



Mark 1/2 inch either side of each side seam as shown in the photo:



Pin the handles using the marks as a guide.  There should be a 1 inch gap between one end of the handle to the other:



With wrong sides together, place the lining inside the outer bag, lining up the side seams:



Top stitch around the top edge to close the bucket.  This is where I have a confession.  All my photos show pins however I took them all out as I find pins get in the way because when I use pins, I concentrate on not running over them rather than lining up seams etc., so personally, I don't like to use them.  Here is the bucket all finished!:



Here it is next to another one I stamped using one of my own eraser stamps.  As you can see, it looks very different - just by using different coloured fabrics and stamps!:



As I mentioned at the beginning, I made a 6 inch version.  For this one, I used a clear photopolymer stamp on white duck cloth.  Here is the comparison between the 6 inch and 4 inch:



Enjoy!  As always, if you have any questions, please ask!  Grin
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: March 20, 2012 12:31:45 PM
Sorry I haven't been on here in a while.   Shocked  I just looked through the thread and you all have done some awesome pouches/bags!!!

To answer craftsblogger's question, I've made plenty of these in fabric with a clear layer of vinyl over the top.  Here's a picture of one (slightly larger version of the original, but you get the idea):


I don't use interfacing when I use the vinyl as the vinyl is usually enough to keep the pouch's structure.  Also, when sewing with the vinyl, I treat the vinyl and outer fabric as one layer.  When top stitching either side of the zipper, I use tissue paper under my presser foot so the vinyl doesn't stick to the presser foot.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: My New Handbag on: October 20, 2010 12:55:21 PM
Hi there, what length of zipper did you use here?

xx

I can't remember the exact size of the zip (the brown bag and the black/pink bag are two different sizes) however you need a zip an inch or two shorter than the width of the top of your bag.
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