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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gigantic Yoga Bag *Now Regular Sized* on: October 08, 2008 06:38:17 PM
This is going to be a full story post, its a pattern review, a mistake, and as soon as Project Runway goes off a correction!

I bought a pattern for the yoga bag and other accessories (Simplicity 3583) at Hancock's when they were having Simplicity patterns for .99 cents!  What a deal!

So I picked out fabric and webbing and in about an hour I had a wonderful yoga bag!  But I noticed it was WAY too big.  So back to the sewing machine I went and I took each side in about a inch and a half.  Here is a picture of the bag.

Looks good... but here is the problem...

It is still GIANT!  I mean compared to the other people in my yoga class my mat is the same size.  I have no idea why this pattern is huge!  Any ideas?

I am going back to the sewing machine in about 30 minutes and try it again!  Actually I think I have enough fabric just to recut another.  I liked the front not having a seam and the way I am "correcting" the size is putting a seam in the front.... hmmm.


So I just cut another one out except this time instead of placing the pattern on the fold I just laid it on a single layer of fabric and added about an inch to each size (after putting the rolled up mat on the fabric and wrapping it to make sure it would work.  So I completely redid.

I LOVE how it turned out!  It fits nice and snug inside and I decided to make a button hole for the drawstring and it turned out really well, yeah!

Thank you for all the comments.  I decided to make it snug because my yoga class is at the school I teach at and I have to have clothes to change into.  So I have already cut out a tote bag pattern in the same fabric to put my towel, water bottle and change of clothes in.  Smiley  That is tomorrow's sewing project.

ilovemybrachiosaurus you're right, the mat on the sewing pattern does look very thick...
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help Save Christmas on: September 26, 2008 08:04:47 PM
So I had this wonderful idea to make lap quilts for the grandmothers for Christmas (mine, and my 2 grandmother-in-laws).  I would like each one to be a different pattern.  Any ideas on 3 simple ones?  I have done a small 3 rail fence quilt, and could possibly use that pattern for one of them.

Alright let the creative juices flow!  Grin
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Paul Frank T-shirt Quilt *Now With Completed Pictures* on: August 31, 2008 10:29:10 AM


My cousin LOVES Paul Frank and collected his t-shirts throughout the years.  She had to move and decided to donate them to the local Goodwill.  I asked her if I could have them to do something with.  She agreed and I made this for her as a surprise.

It didn't take too long to make, the most tedious part was the ironing on the interfacing.  I read somewhere on craftster that it is best to do a light weight interfacing due to the stretchy-ness of the t-shirt material.  It really helped when cutting out the squares.

Each square is 9x9, one from the front design and one from the back of the shirt.  15 shirts total.  On 3 of the shirts the design was on the sleeve so I had to open up the seam in the long sleeve part of the shirt and take the design from there.  Those are the squares with Paul Frank wrote in them.

I backed it with a green super soft cotton, and tacked each corner with a brightly colored button (no picture, my camera was broken during the finishing and giving process).  You can see the kelly green fabric in the background along with bridal shower presents Smiley  I will attempt to get a picture from her to post because I LOVE the way the buttons turned out.

Here's a close up on my favorite square... Mr. T Julius Monkey

What do you think?  I will post a picture of the completed quilt ASAP  Grin
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Help Me Find Candy on: April 03, 2008 07:43:06 PM
Does anyone know a reliable site online that I can order bulk candy from for my reception?  I have plenty of time before the big day but I wanted to go ahead and check out prices and such.  I am looking for jelly beans, Hershey kisses, dum dums, etc.  Craftster was the first place to turn for great advice!  Wink
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Leftover Easter Ham on: March 25, 2008 06:29:18 PM
So I made a wonderful honey glazed ham for Easter supper, my dad has nicknamed my holiday hams the "10 o'clock ham" because I have a bad habit of cooking late...

So anyways I have a lot of 10 o'clock ham left and I am wondering what can I do with it?  I am going to try this recipe tonight but I will still have pounds of ham left...

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / No More Lost Remote! on: March 21, 2008 08:56:33 PM
Okay, I am going to state this before we even get into the project.  This is not very classy...

I have to sleep with the TV on, yes I know it is a bad habit but atleast now we have a TV in the bedroom with a sleep timer on it!!! Smiley  So anyways, there is no room in the bedroom for another night stand on my side and I have had too many experiences with the remote falling between the wall and the bed.  Ugh, it annoys me just to think of it....  So I tried velcro.  It worked for about a week and then the remote fell through the crack and ripped the paint off the wall...  Angry

So here is my Remote Tote!  Ha!

*You can see where the velcro left its mark...*
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Classroom Redo on: March 21, 2008 03:36:50 PM
I have a wonderfully big classroom in which I teach 22 first graders.  In the back of every first grade room is a long counter top with lots of storage underneath.  Here is what it looked like before I had a brainstorm...

Then I decided, hey there has to be a better way to hide all this junk...


It is a hemmed curtain attached with Decor Velcro (it has a sew-able side and a sticky side).  All I have to do when I need something from this storage (which is not very often) is lift the little curtain!

I think it really improved the looks of the room, what do you think?

And yes, I love penguins!  My classroom is FULL of them!  Grin
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Capri PJ Bottoms on: June 14, 2007 09:51:35 PM
I fell in love with this fabric at Joann's.  I decided I had to make something out of it.  Sadly, with the height I am (considering it is all legs) I didn't have enough fabric to make PJ pants... No need to fear!  Capri pants to the rescue!

Don't they look comfy?  Cheesy
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Graduation T-shirt Ideas... on: April 20, 2007 04:46:01 PM
I am looking for a cool stencil or funny text to stencil on a t-shirt to wear to my cousin's college graduation.  She is graduating with an Art Ed. degree... any ideas?  I graduated from the same school in 05

Would also love to stencil her a cool graduation present as well...

Please HELP quickly (need to make this ASAP)  Tongue
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a certain fabric, big poka dots on: April 18, 2007 07:20:37 PM
I have been SEARCHING for polka dot fabric just like the one you used in the new luggage I bought.  Each dot is round about half-dollar size. I am looking to make shoe bag, dirty clothes bag and makeup bag to match my luggage, plus I am a polka dot fanatic!

Here is a picture of my luggage so you can see what I am lookng for:

Right now I have made bags out of the baby blue (like the bottom of the duffel). If anyone can help that would be awesome, I live near a Joann's a Hancock fabric (well 30 minutes is close for me) and a walmart that still had a little fabric left.  Also, internet fabric stores are an option as well.

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