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31  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melesse on: June 12, 2006 04:31:01 AM
I *finally* caved and made a little something with some of the fabric I've claimed.

A quick zippered bag:




I haven't made a zippered bag before, the zipper scared me! But it was insanely easy so I shall be making more and more and more!
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32  Re: Just call me Gustav -- first handmade journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Melesse on: June 12, 2006 03:35:21 AM
Vildhavre,
yes, I glue the endpaper to the cover before stitching. Basically before I start putting the book together I have 2 complete covers, and the signatures. picture, picture... one sec. (I'm a visual learner so I prefer to show than describe) And dude! No question is stupid, how else does anyone learn from others?



Haylie,
Thanks! I can't imagine hiding the stitch under a spine. I've been using a mix between Making Journals and Books and High School Books Coptic Tutorial. There's nothing in the book that isn't in the online tutorial, I just prefer to have a physical copy of instructions when I'm doing something with my hands. Plus my desk is a disaster, so no crafting here! Smiley

devientscarlet,
I did mention it, but in passing. Basically I picked up an old book at a local thrift store based on how cool I thought the covers were, ripped off the cover *and* the spine, cut the spine in half and glued it down to the inside of the cover.

Thanks for the comments and questions guys, they're appreciated. Smiley
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33  Re: BAG CHALLENGE :3: BEACH BAG! --DEADLINE EXTENDED! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Melesse on: June 01, 2006 07:04:26 AM
Bag Title: Gold and White Towel Beach Bag!
Materials used: Cotton Towel, clear vinyl, gold ribbon, thread, nylon webbing
Measurements:
16.5" x 18" with a 2.5" squaring off at the bottom. The straps are 25" long.



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34  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap II – Pre-approvals start now! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melesse on: May 16, 2006 04:46:05 AM
verycrafty, I'd like to claim your "8. Yellow with blue flames FQ" and "11. green with yellow lemons (i think) FQ", please!

My fabrics:


1. Light weight Polyester – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.
2. Cotton – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.
3. Cotton with gold edging detail around the prints – Washed– ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.
4. Cotton – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.


5. Cotton – Unwashed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
6. Rayon – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
7. Polyester? Rayon? Some disturbingly artificial shiny fabric – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
8. Cotton with a slight sheen – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters


9. Cotton – Unwashed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
10. Cotton – Unwashed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
11. Fake fur – Unwashed – 27” by 20” (So I guess it counts as a Fat Quarter)
12. Cotton – Washed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters


13. Cotton – Washed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
14. Cotton Eyelet – Unwashed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters (photographed with black fabric beneath it to show the design better)
15. Lightweight wool – Unwashed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
16. Cotton – Washed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters Look! It's Mister All Gone! Smiley (Yes, I have photoshop and yes, I am easily amused)


17. Cotton – Unwashed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
18. Upholstery fabric, cotton or cotton/poly blend – Washed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
19. Raw Silk – Washed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
20. Scary artificial fabric, let's go with polyester – Washed - ½ Yard or Fat Quarters

(I pre-wash almost all my fabric as I get it, hot water wash, hot dryer. Preshrunk!)
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35  Re: April Showers -- Messenger Style Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Melesse on: May 10, 2006 04:56:29 AM
Thanks!

The may bag was my entry to the Spring Bag contest, Here! I thought I had posted it to a thread but I guess not. Actually... let's add it here too.

The May Flowers, that come after April Showers.

The lining and applique fabric is this alarmingly bright polyester fabric I got from my Dad. I never thought I'd use it, but ta da!




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36  Re: BAG CHALLENGE :2: SPRING BAG! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Melesse on: April 29, 2006 11:37:43 AM
Bag Title: May Flowers
Materials used: Cordurory, polyester, interfacing, thread, zipper, heat n' bond
Bag picture:




Smiley
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37  Re: Ongoing Fabric Swap in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melesse on: April 20, 2006 03:52:40 AM
I would like to claim #13 & #14 from meanbean, please. (Plus I’d love that brocade too. Wink )

My fabrics:


1. Light weight Polyester – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.
2. Cotton – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.
3. Cotton with gold edging detail around the prints – Washed– ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.
4. Cotton – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters.


5. Cotton – Unwashed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
6. Rayon – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
7. Polyester? Rayon? Some disturbingly artificial shiny fabric – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
8. Cotton with a slight sheen – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters


9. Cotton – Unwashed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
10. Cotton – Unwashed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters
11. Cotton – Washed – ½ Yard or Fat Quarters -- All gone!

(I pre-wash almost all my fabric as I get it, hot water wash, hot dryer. Preshrunk!)
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38  Re: Your best technique for turning skinny tubes of fabric inside out? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Melesse on: March 29, 2006 07:49:02 PM
We call it "the nose picker" around here. Because we're mature like that. Real name is "Loop turner" and they'll have one in the notions section of your local sewing store. I love it to pieces and turning loops doesn't suck anymore.

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