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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: big bold & bright bag on: June 01, 2008 06:15:57 PM
Thanks all!

Are the blue fabric parts pockets or not? 

No, they aren't pockets, they are attached to the center section. I gathered the green strip and then stitched the blue printed pieces to either side of it, then sewed that to the top green section. I thought that I needed some kind of trim or something to break up the top and bottom sections so it didn't look like a big green "T," but I didn't have anything suitable in my stash. So, I sandwiched a 1" strip of the wool between the top and the bottom sections, then I pulled the crosswise threads out to make a fringe. That was a bit of an experiment, but I think it turned out okay.

Wow - I guess that's a lot more answer than question!   Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / big bold & bright bag on: June 01, 2008 03:50:18 PM
It's been a reaally long time since I posted any projects here. It's also been a really long time since I've had the time to come up with and sew a new design. Three cheers for not taking summer classes! And throw in a fourth cheer for this new bag I just finished moments ago.



I'm pretty tickled with how it turned out, it was a labor of love. At first it had green straps where the d-ring tabs are , but they were too short and wide, and I thought it was too much green, so I tried this d-ring treatment, which was a first for me. I'm not sure how I like the contrast of width between the d-rings and the strap, but I do like the color contrast. I thought about putting a tab closure or some buttons on the front, but I think with the bright colors and the busy print, there's enough going on there as-is.

It's got a small patch pocket inside for a cell phone and a magnetic snap. The printed fabric is the excess from shortening a vintage dress, the green wooly stuff was part of the stash I inherited from my SIL's MIL (no, that's not my mom  Grin ), and the strap fabric is from the remnant bin at JoAnn's. I think the d-rings are from a thrifted crafty grab bag, but I can't remember for sure.

I'd love any feedback I can get. I like the bag, but it took me a whole day (and then some as I ran out of blue thread after biz hours). I tend to reinvent the wheel every time I make a new bag, a habit which doesn't lend itself much to productivity or good time management! I'm trying to break the habit - is this one good enough for a repeat performance? TIA!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help me with my stitch problem! on: May 28, 2008 05:58:14 PM
So I think what the problem is is that my larger spool of thread (on the top of the machine) is "jumping," it's not pulling the thread off of the spool evenly. Does that make sense? It's pulling too hard, then it has to use up the slack or something.

I think the tension disks should be taking care of any uneven feeding off the spool, which makes me think maybe that's where your threading problem lies, but I'm not sure that's correct. Any more experienced folks know if that sounds possible? I know it's easy to misthread the disks on my machine.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Things I have learned about sewing (feel free to add...) on: May 28, 2008 04:30:44 PM
Love this thread! Here's my $.02:

Pressing is as important as stitching. It is the difference between homemade and handmade, if that makes sense.

When making your own patterns, math is a lot easier with 1/2" seam allowances than with 5/8".

A quilting ruler is a beautiful thing. I use it to draw enlarging grids for my paintings as well as for fabric cutting and pattern making.

Keep a magnet in front of your machine to drop pins onto as you pull them out instead of fiddling with a pin cushion or ending up with 25 straight pins in your pursed lips. It's also good for picking up a spilled container of pins. Not that I've ever done that Wink

Not exactly sewing advice, but...
Check your local paper for estate sales. If there's a sewing machine listed, there's a good chance there's also all kinds of sewing stuff there. I've scored lots of fabric, patterns, notions, and books this way. I've also picked up a lot of pressing aids like the ham and sleeve roll mentioned above. Stuff I'd never have sought out, but stumbled across and have come to love and rely on.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: i havent posted in FOREVER! (pic heavy!) on: November 14, 2007 02:23:54 PM
It's been a while since I've been around, no surprise to see a buttload of new stuff from you. I've said it before, I'll say it again: you are my kind of lady. Between the two of us, I bet we know damn near every thrift store in Ohio. Keep it up, girl!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: block printing ink on: November 02, 2007 01:52:27 PM
Speedball makes a water soluble ink retarder that slows down the drying time, though I haven't tried it myself.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: polka dot diaper bag w/laminated lining on: August 15, 2007 04:34:25 AM
Looks great, I love the vinyl lining, but I hear ya on the pain it was.

Thanks! I don't think I'll be using this stuff again!

This is a great bag!!!!! Did you use a pattern?

Thanks! I didn't use a pattern for this. Since it's made from an old dress, after I ripped out all the seams I let the shapes of the fabric pieces determine the size of the bag. It's pretty much an over-sized Jordy with a few bells & whistles.

Ooo, I was talking to the lady at the cutting desk about that vinyl.  I was contemplating using it for the school totes I was making, but I guess it can't go in the washing machine?  I just can't deal with that.  I've seen people make bibs with it too.  Pretty cool stuff!
I love the polka dots!  It's a very cute bag.

*gulp* the washing machine - I hadn't even thought about that!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / polka dot diaper bag w/laminated lining on: August 14, 2007 04:40:36 PM
My sister commissioned me to make her girlfriend a diaper bag. One of her requests was a wipeable lining. I found this iron-on vinyl at JoAnn's, and it worked pretty well. Of course, this added a big chunk of time to the project, and was pretty much a pain. I had a couple of iron-on-the-vinyl incidents, and the stuff gets pretty crinkly and wrinkly, so you have to iron it with paper over it (without touching the vinyl, in theory).

I gave her elastic-topped pockets across one side of the lining, and a zipper pocket and key fob on the other side. There are two pockets on the outside that I tried to match, pattern-wise. The polka dot fabric was the skirt part of a 70's maxi dress. it's got a diamond pattern in the weave, you can see it in the last pic.






(There was a big glare so I adjusted the contrast - the floor doesn't really look like it's on fire!)



Thanks for looking!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Canvas + Sharpie =? on: July 10, 2007 01:25:05 PM
I suspect it would be harder to wash sharpie ink out than keep it on, but I don't know from experience.

When I went away to summer camp as a kid, my mom would write my name on my undies and whatnot with a special marker intended for fabrics and to sustain lots-o-washing. I think it was called "rub-a-dub laundry marker" or somehting like that and it was very similar to a sharpie but a bit stinker when you took off the cap. The fabric didn't smell funny, just the actual marker.

You could always cut a swatch of the canvas, mark it, and wash it to see what happens.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: robot/ray gun tote! on: July 10, 2007 01:13:58 PM
I didn't use an additive in the ink, maybe that was why it was so hard to print on fabric! I chose to print on the red rather then green because I did a test print on the green and I didn't care for it too much. I also wanted the images to stand out more.

They do look great on the red!
I know there's such a thing as fabric medium (or something like that) you can add to acrylic paint. I wonder if this works for inks too?
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