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31  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.

 Wink
32  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!!
33  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.
34  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!
 Wink
35  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. 
36  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.
37  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. 
38  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.
39  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'.
40  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.
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