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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: December 13, 2009 12:27:04 PM
I have only just started sewing and got my machine a few weeks ago so thought I would try these out for Christmas presssies for girls at work.  I am mostly happy with them just the corners at the top where the zips are are not the best so I will have to work on that next time.

They look fantastic!!  You're obviously not intimidated by zippers - good for you!!!  Don't be afraid to push the zip ends out.  I push mine HARD with my finger prior to closing up the lining.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Pyjama Pants - using a ready made pair as a pattern on: December 10, 2009 12:44:59 PM
I'm curious if you think this would work with pants that have a fold over waist?
I have a pair (I call them my ninja pants) that are super comfy and I've been wanting to do basically the same thing with them but have been hessitant becasue of the waist band.
But if I'm thinking correctly a fold over waistband is sort of doing the same thing elastic would right?

Sure!!  Just include the waistband in your measurements.  Yes, you're right with the fold over waistband being the same as the elastic thing. 
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Little Lanyard Coin Purse - More pictures added on: December 10, 2009 12:39:59 PM
Was the embriodery done on a machine ?  Would you please PM me, I have a question      Thanks  Debbie

Yes, the embroidery was done on a machine.  I have a Janome 5700 and used the inbuilt alphabet.

i don't suppose you have a nifty little tut for the coin purse? I would love to make some for my family, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it, especially with the lining...

I don't have a tute but I think I remember how I did this.  I'll try to put one up shortly.
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: November 27, 2009 01:03:28 PM
Yes - it should be washing soda, crystal form.  I haven't seen washing soda in powder form - do you mean washing powder (as in detergent)?  Anyway, the most crutial ingredient is Alum - it's used in dying wool to make the colour 'stick'.
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Pyjama Pants - using a ready made pair as a pattern on: November 07, 2009 11:48:34 AM
Thanks for your kind words!  Pants/shorts were the first clothing item I learned to make and they're sooo easy.

awesome!  and that was quick!  thanks for the tute!

And, believe me, they're quick to make!!  I made these (including taking photos) in the time it took my washing machine to do a load - about an hour!  I can make a pair in about 1/2 hour.
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Pajama Pants - using a ready made pair as a pattern on: November 06, 2009 10:13:06 PM
After reading Craftsters post on Facebook, I felt it was, again, time to give back!!  This tutorial is assuming you have basic sewing knowledge.


Firstly, choose a pair of pajama pants (or any comfy pants at that matter) with elasticized or draw string waist.  These are the ones I chose.  They are capri length - but you could do any length - from shorts to longs.



Start by turning the pants inside out.  Then place one leg inside the other, like this:



Fold the fabric parallel to the selvedge (this takes care of directional fabric).  You can fold it the other way if you don't have directional fabric.  Place the pants on the two layers of fabric:



Cut the fabric (through both layers of fabric) following the seam lines as a guide plus adding a little extra as you cut.  This allows for the fact that the pants aren't laying completely flat and the fabric you are cutting is.  Also, when you get to the seat of the pants on the outer leg, you basically cut a straight line from the hip area - DON'T follow the curve in.  The reason is that the elastic is pulling in the sides.  The same rule applies for the crotch seam.  Start cutting at the curve of the crotch seam but basically go in a straight line after the curve (refer to the photo to visualize this).  Also you need to allow for a hem at the bottom and an elastic casing at the top.  

You will also see that the elastic casing at the top of my ready made pants varies by about an inch.  That's because pants are usually 'higher' at the back than they are at the front.  This takes the backside into consideration.  I don't bother varying the waistline but you could angle the casing at the front if you desire - it gives a better fit.  In the case of my pants, it varies by about and inch from the centre back seam to the centre front seam.



How I calculate the casing:

Measure the width of the elastic then double that measurement.  Mine was approximately 1 inch wide.  I allowed 2 inches for the casing.  An explanation of how I use this calculation is further down when it comes time to sew the casing.



This is one leg cut out.  Cut another leg using this as a pattern.



Now, there are many ways to construct pants but this is my favourite as you can't go too wrong with this method.  Take one leg and sew the outer leg seam.  BEFORE SEWING THE INNER LEG SEAM - press the leg hem allowance.  It makes sewing the hem so much easier if it's pressed now.  Then sew the inner leg seam.  REPEAT for the other leg.



See where I pressed the hem first?:



Now, you've got two legs:



Turn one leg right side out:



Place this leg inside the other one:



Sew the crotch seam:



Press the leg hem again.  Also make your casing using your favourite method.  This is how I do my casings:  Remember I added 2 inches from the top of the pants?  I press the top down by 2 inches.  I then press the raw edges under enough so that the casing is 1 1/4 inches (my elastic is 1 inch).  This allows a little 'give' in the casing.  Sew the casing down leaving a gap to insert the elastic.  Thread elastic through and measure the elastic on your waist/hips (wherever you like to wear your pants).  Sew elastic together then sew the casing closed.  To avoid the elastic curling and twisting inside the casing, I sew a vertical line at each side seam to secure the elastic.  

Tip:  It's better to make a casing for your elastic rather than sewing the elastic onto the fabric.  Once you start sewing through elastic (especially lengthwise) it starts to lose its elasticity and also stretches the elastic as you are also pulling on the elastic as you stitch it to the fabric.  



Turn your pants right side out and press.  Voila, pyjama pants made from your favourite pair!!



As always, please feel free to ask any questions or if you would like something explained further.  Wink

37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Card Holder on: October 18, 2009 09:05:04 PM
This is really lovely. I'll have to try this. (Don't worry, not going to pressure you for a tute.) I know the basics. If I make one, do you mind if I post here to show you?

That would be lovely Ariethine.  I'd love to see it!!
38  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* on: October 11, 2009 10:25:33 PM
Hi i am also from Australia and am very excited about coming across you fantastic fabric photo paper idea.i have been looking to make a quilt as a Christmas gift but fabric paper is so expensive i almost gave up until now.I have one question though what is Alum please and where would i purchase it from please. Roll Eyes

Hi Zanney,

If you're in Australia, you can purchase alum from a chemist (they will have to order it in though and it's about $15 for 100g).  However, I have found some asian shops carry it.  In some cases, it's labelled 'Tawas Powder' - same thing.  It usually sells for about $1.20 for 100g - ALOT cheaper than chemists!!!

However, if you can't find it or don't want to ask at a chemist, it's available on ebay:  http://shop.ebay.com.au/i.html?LH_AvailTo=15&_nkw=alum+powder&_arm=1&_armm=63&_ruu=http://shop.ebay.com.au/i.html%3F_nkw%3Dalum%2Bpowder%26_arr%3D1%26_trksid%3Dm38&_trksid=m38&_rdc=1
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Straight Sided Triangular Cosmetic Bag on: September 13, 2009 01:17:32 AM
CraftMomNancy - where do you find the time?Huh  They are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fringe purse on: September 06, 2009 02:39:47 PM
That last picture looks like the Buttercup Bag.  You could insert a layer of fringe between the top and bottom sections.  Here's the link to the pattern.  You might either want to enlarge the free pattern or buy the enlarged pattern (if you buy the pattern, you are able to sell your creations):

http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html
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