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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pesky seed beads? A solution... on: August 20, 2006 10:44:57 PM
I have a plethora of seed beads, and have finally graduated past just stringing them with a central large bead.  Well, technically, there's still a bunch of seed beads, with a larger one as the focus  Undecided

This weekend, I made these two necklaces, I'd say each took about 1 1/2 hours (probably less if there wasn't such good tv on  Cheesy)



Close up...


The original pattern came from http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/2216/proj1net.html
Unfortunately, although the tute is still up, no other identifying info is available, so I can't give true credit.  I apologize.  The only thing I changed was to add about 4 1/2 to 5" of plainly stringed beads, and wire wrapped the larger add on beads.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Super Easy Wallet - with tute (pic heavy) on: August 11, 2006 12:42:52 AM
Yipppeee, my first tute.  Hope it makes sense.

It's a great way to use all that extra fabric that I know we all have laying around.  Actually, it's a shameless way to improve my design.  Grin I saw handmade wallets for sale at my local coffee shop, but they were tooooo pricey.  So here's my initial design, any comments and suggestions would be VERY welcome.

So here goes.  All you need are 2 longish pieces of fabric, and 3 smaller ones of varying sizes that match the width of the longer pieces.
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet001.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet002.jpg

To start, place the longer pieces with "printed" sides facing each other and sew together.

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet003.jpg
 shown unfolded

Next, iron the top and bottom of the smaller pieces, "pockets" and sew one side of each.  One side only, because you'll eventually be sewing the bottom directly to the wallet
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet004.jpg

Ok here's the part that get's tough to explain.  Fold wallet in thirds and place "pockets" sewn side to the top (here I had to adjust my ironed seams, to get a better fit).
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet005.jpg

Carefully pin pockets to each other, but not to the larger pieces.  Slip fingers in between the 2 large sewn pieces, and pin pockets into place (just to one piece, it should be pinned only to the piece that you plan to have as the outside of the wallet).  
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet006.jpg

 Pin the unsew tops of the pockets to the outer piece.  Fold pieces back on each other so the pockets are inside and you're looking at the "backside" of the fabric.  Sew edges.
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet007.jpg

Turn inside out and pull through top.  DON'T PANIC.  I know, it looks like you put the pockets on upside down.  Just put the side with pockets face down towards you and fold up.
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet008.jpg
Now the ugly part, sew sides again.  Fold in top loose seams, and sew.

Add a button or snap.  I went with a snap, and added weird ribbony things to cover the stiches.

End result...
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet009.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/easywallet010.jpg
Sadly, my wallet's pretty empty  Sad

For the next one, I plan on using pretty stitching, oh, and maybe more even seams  Shocked

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / P**** Purse - x-rated on: May 08, 2006 08:39:29 PM
If you are easily offended, please don't continue.

I worried about posting this, as then people would see how truly sick I am.  I started out with a cute little skirt purse available at Michael's and added the beads with stich witchery.  

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/PPurse001.jpg

But then I thought, what's a skirt purse without the lady parts?  Grin

Hmmm, well the skirt part of the purse was seperate from the actual purse pouch.

So, I scanned some porn, and applied curly dolls hair with decoupage (much to my roommate's horror) - and then just used more decoupage to apply the porn...
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/PPurse002.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/PPurse03.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h6/gorillagirl77/PPurse004.jpg
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