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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding help - what the heck am I doing wrong?!! on: February 22, 2010 01:03:47 PM
It looks like you are trying to sew both sides the binding on the machine.  As you will see in Heather Bailey's tutorial, the second side is handstitched down.  I've tried many methods to sew the second side of the binding on the machine but it's almost impossible. 

I do my binding just like Heather Bailey - cut strips 2.5" wide, press in half lenthwise then match raw edges of binding to raw edges of the quilt and sew around - mitering the corners as you go.  Turn the folded edge of the binding towards the back and HANDSTITCH in place.  This method is neat and doesn't show stitching on the front of the quilt.  It's up to you whether you use bias binding or self-made straight of grain binding.
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need dimensions for a stethoscope bag on: February 22, 2010 12:47:23 PM
I've Googled a stethescope bag and they seem to be 6" x 9".  Here's a couple of examples:



and here's one with no picture - just dimensions (scroll down to 'Nylon Carrying Case'):

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainy Day project for kids on: February 05, 2010 06:28:19 PM
This is a really cool idea! What do you put over the crayon so it doesn't melt onto the iron?

I used baking paper (the teflony type - not waxed paper) or you could use a teflon sheet.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kick A$$ Luggage on: February 03, 2010 02:03:46 AM
For those that are interested, here's a description of the interfacing I used:

Pelmet Vilene (New Zealand) Extremely heavyweight interfacing used to make valances for window treatments.  It is very sturdy and will not wrinkle when sewn over repeatedly in the same area.  Timtex (US) used for making fabric bowls is the same thickness, as is Pellon #70 interfacing.  As a thickness comparison, take a piece of paper you use in your printer, fold in half and half again and half again.  This will give you 8 small divisions.  Run your thumb and fingernails along the creases to make them really sharp. The thickness of this fold should be the same as the interfacing.

Hope this helps!  Wink
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: No more Tutes for me!! on: February 03, 2010 01:57:03 AM
I'm so sorry that this happened to you! All we can do is look after each other to the best of our abilities, right? Thanks for still making your tutorials available.

Thanks stringofpearls.  I've decided to let it not bother me.  Life's more important than that.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: My New Handbag on: January 25, 2010 05:49:31 PM
I want to add a gusseted zipper to a square bag. Is that possible? I'm making something similar to the "Pleatness Bag" and would like for that zipper to not be at the top of the bag so that I can do a fun little tab with a brooch on it.

Looking at my personal store bought bag that is similar, I see that they don't attach the gusset at the ends of the bag. I could do that, but I'm wondering if I did something similar to your tabs at the ends of the zipper, only make the entire width of the gussets and the zipper have a tab and sew that to the end of the lining...if that'd work.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Smiley

If you did a square version, the zipper would sit too far down in the bag to make it practical.

To make the square bag possible, you would make the gusset like you said with your store bought bag - ie. it would be open at either end.

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag) on: January 16, 2010 12:15:31 PM
Wow, craftADDchick - those bags look amazing.  I love the idea of the loop on them - it helps with the packing!!

HippieKender - what a fabulous idea to make one for your daughter.  It will make her feel so independent and special!!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kick A$$ Luggage on: January 16, 2010 12:11:25 PM
Thanks for your kind words!  Wink

Your boy has some awesome taste!!!! I saw some shirts on the young guys in Wildwood NJ  that said "Real Men Wear Pink" in various shades of pink... where did you get that sheet rock interfacing?

I'm in Australia and I got the interfacing at my local patchwork shop.  The receipt doesn't show the brand name of it.  I'll ask for the name of it next time I'm in the shop.

Totally love the bag!  Thanks for sharing...now, I'll have to make my son one!  What did ya use for the handles?

I used cotton herringbone tape (which is kind of like a seat belt except in soft cotton).  Very comfortable on the hands.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kick A$$ Luggage on: January 15, 2010 11:33:31 PM
So, I made my son some luggage some time back (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173041.0) using this tutorial:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156560.0

It was time I made my other son some luggage too.  So, here it is!!:

Yes, it's for a boy - an 8 year old boy!!  He chose the fabric including a hot pink plain fabric for the lining!!  The outer fabric is called 'Bad to the Bone' by Robert Kaufman. 

I used a super heavy duty interfacing.  I literally wrestled with it on the sewing machine but I'm extremely pleased with the result.  The bag is empty in the picture so it is standing up by itself.  It's almost like cardboard.  I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for looking!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: handy dandy pouches! on: January 07, 2010 12:16:22 PM
They look fantastic!!  Great design and well executed. 
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