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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: two purses from pants on: February 27, 2006 10:54:49 AM
well now I know I can find other kinds of interfacing! I have used the iron-on stuff before (a long time ago) and I remember thinking that it wasn't stiff enough. Also, at least at JoAnne's, it's expensive! Eight dollars for a 2-foot square of it. I didn't see any non-iron-on interfacing, I'll have to look harder for it.
52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my awesome starburst/movie ticket stub/duct tape/random things bag on: February 26, 2006 11:45:58 PM
heh, reminds me of what I used to do to my notebook covers in school! Did you ever peel the foil off of gum wrappers and stick it all over everything?

neat idea!
53  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: two purses from pants on: February 26, 2006 11:42:25 PM
what kind of interfacing did you use? I was just looking for interfacing to put in a Jordy bag I'm making, but they only had the 2-sided kind at JoAnne's. I'm kind of new to the world of interfacing... does one-sided interfacing even exist?
54  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: messenger bag out of Ikea curtains on: February 26, 2006 07:50:26 PM
If you've ever bought curtains from Ikea, you know that for some reason, the good folks over at Ikea think that everyone has 10-foot-tall windows. So, I had a lot of this nice off-white fabric left over after I cut and hemmed the curtains.  Here are the curtains:

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/purse_curtains.jpg

and here is the messenger bag I made from the leftovers. I didn't use a pattern or anything, just kind of eye-balled it using simple rectangular shapes. The three leaves are from some scrap fabric I had laying around.

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/purse_outside.jpg

and here's a detail shot of the inside. I used some of the scrap to line a simple pocket.

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PICS/purse_detail.jpg
55  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purse Organizer tutorial, pics to come. on: February 24, 2006 08:42:06 PM
I just went to that website and watched the little video demonstrating how it works. Genius!!! I will definitely try this soon. Maybe using a stiffer fabric would work better, like denim? fun fun...
56  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: leftover fabric on: February 24, 2006 04:32:13 PM
OMG I wish I had that problem! There is nothing more fun than a big pile of scrap fabric, a sewing machine, and an afternoon off! I am really into crafting my own housewares, so here are a few suggestions of things I have made (or thought of making) using scrap fabric: Placemats, coasters, pot holders, table runners, etc.

If the pieces are big enough (and from your picture it looks like they might be) you can make matching sets of things. Otherwise it's fun to mix and match, kind of like quilting in that you are making something out of many smaller pieces of cloth.

It might not be as popular any more, but a few years ago I also really liked to patch the heck out of old jeans with many small squares of interesting, colorful fabric.

If you sell it on ebay let us know!
57  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: metrocards on: February 24, 2006 04:21:42 PM
how many is a bunch? you could poke holes in each end, string them together, and make one of those hippie-door-hanging things.
58  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thigh-holster/garter thingie for $ and credit cards? on: February 24, 2006 04:11:41 PM
it's a good idea but I would try using elastic instead of velcro to hold it on... especially for a concert where you might be bopping about.
59  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pockets in a totebag? on: February 24, 2006 02:48:17 PM
I would go with a lining too. You can make it very stiff with interfacing, add the desired pockets, then just stitch it to the canvas bag along the top edge. It might even look cute hand-stitched with embroidery floss, if you do a loop stitch over the top edge in a coordinating color.
60  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cute canvas purse (with pic and instructions) on: February 13, 2006 11:46:55 PM
Here's a purse I gave to my boyfriend's brother's girlfriend for Christmas - I had a hard time giving it away! I drew the ladybug using Illustrator and printed it on iron-transfer paper. The antennae didn't want to stick to the canvas so I drew them on with a sharpie. What do you think?

http://mahi.ucsd.edu/rbulow/PERSONAL/CRAFTS/purse_instructions.jpg
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