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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / cowboy cushion on: January 20, 2009 04:52:33 PM
I recovered an old cushion for my brother's chair. He loves cowboy music and cowboy stuff. I have never done piping before, so I was pretty darned proud.

sorry, I can't seem to succesfully rotate these photos
 here is a bad shot of the piping up close

Now for the rest of his furniture!  Cheesy
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I heart flowers and skulls on: January 20, 2009 04:05:19 PM
This bag is for my daughter. We chose the fabric together. It is a pleated bag made from the tutorial generously posted by bouncyflea. The tutorial is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149376.0

[I just can't seem to rotate images after they are uploaded   Huh Huh- sorry everyone, the pictures aren't easy to look at sideways and they are distorted/stretched  Embarrassed. Can anyone help me with this? I edit the images, rotate them, but it just doesn't seem to work when I insert them in a topic.]

I used a button closure, with two buttons I bought at Spotlight. I think the buttons really add sizzle. Here is it being modelled by mum.


The front closure

close up of top and bottom buttons




Interior view. There are two pockets on one side and a zipper pocket on the other side.


She loves the bag, it holds all her junk, and she drags it everywhere.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / woven magazine/catalogue bag on: January 19, 2009 05:53:54 PM
I have been making woven magazine bags for ages, but have never posted photos. In the past, I used Barbie Magazines, which my daughter has grown out of. the results were cute and colourful (lots of pink!). This time I wanted to make one for my grown-up niece, who is a real groover. Instead of magazines, I decided to use the fabric catalogues that I get sent to my by Hancock's of Paduca. I love the results, the images of the fabric are so small, that you can look at the bag for hours picking out your favourite square.
I haven't attached the handle yet - It will be a chain attached by clips.
On to the pics:
looked at from above:

inside close up

outside [why can't I rotate this image? sorry everyone!]

outside close ups


darn that shiny shine.

Okay, not the most practical of handbags, but not too bad. The inside surfaces are covered in contact, the corners and edges are black fabric tape.

Hope you like, comments, criticisms and suggestions welcome Grin Grin
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / jazzed up teatowels on: January 19, 2009 05:38:41 PM
Okay, not the most earth-shattering crafting ever done, but I made these for my ex-mother-in-law (mother-out-law?) for xmas. I bought some inexpensive teatowels, then got some fat quarters from spotlight, cut and sew and stitch and bob's your uncle!
tower-o-towels:

there were 3 black and 3 white towels. Here is one of each

And some close-ups of the fabric

They were fun and simple to make. I hope she enjoys using them.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vintage-style pleated bag on: January 19, 2009 05:25:05 PM
I made my mother a handbag for her birthday, which was in mid-December. I have been sooo busy crafting my xmas pressies, I haven't had time until now to post the results. I haven't made a lot of bags, but this one is my favourite so far. I have had the fabric for a looong time, and have been saving it for something extra super special. What better than mommy?
The pattern and tutorial I used were generously posted by Oh Fransson here:
http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/11/margaret-sling-bag.html
But the fabric I used is kind of old-fashioned. Here is an action shot with my mom modelling:

Here is a shot of the interior of the bag. It has two pockets on one side, and the lining is a kaffe fasset stripe

One inner pocket made with the outer fabric, the other pocket made from the lining fabric

I nearly ran out of outer fabric. I cut the fabric for the out strap, then couldn't find it anywhere in my craft room. I decided that the culprit was:

Mr Frog, my daughter's new puppy, who has been known to chew a thing or ten.  Angry But lo and behold, I found the strap fabric underneath another project I was working on -  Tongue oops sorry Mr Frog! Anyhoo, here is a blurred shot of the button closure

aaan a close up of the detail on the topstitching. Geez I love the machine embroidery stitches on my machine - don't have many but they are cute



Hope you like. comments & Crits welcome. Grin

26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / monopoly money handbag - pic obese on: December 07, 2008 03:55:49 PM
I used to love monopoly as a kid. I don't like to play anymore, but I still love the board, money, pieces, hotels etc.  As part of my xmas hoard, I made this bag for my daughter aged 16.
Sorry, some of the pics are sideways - I have edited but the unedited version seems to come through.
Here it is relaxing on the couch


The inside.  Lining is just cotton, with one zipper pocket

A blurry close-up of the straps

Oh looky here - one of the pieces had a hole in it, so it became the zipper pull

A close up of the front - it got wrinkled during construction.


Anyway, hope you like.  I used freezer paper to attach the money to fabric, then I covered it with sew-able iron-on vinyl.  It isn't really strong, but I think it is kinda fun and funky.  Hope li'l one likes it.  C & C very welcome.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jan's Xmas bag on: November 17, 2008 05:48:35 PM
Back with another bag I made over the weekend, this time a Xmas pressie for a friend who loooves autumn colours.  It is a slouchy kind of bag with pleats.  I got the tute from some generous person on craftster, but once again, having trouble locating it.  Will edit it in asap. Yay, I found it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149376.0. Three cheers for bouncyflea!
Anyhoodle, on to the pics:
Here is an action shot courtesy of a work friend:

The fabric is cotton with gold so it looks more silky than it is.

Another coupla action shots:


The zipper pocket:
open

shut

and the pockets on tother side. The little flap with the magnetic catch is drooping into the photo too.

Hmmmm... I think it looks better in real life than the photos.  Also, should have probly put some interfacing in the yoke to hold up the flap. 

Thanks fer looking and I would welcome suggestions and comments.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / purse for Kate's b'day on: November 16, 2008 08:07:06 PM
So inspiring reading other posts here on craftster.  I am currently into making purses and made this bag for a friend's birthday.  I am not very experienced (just learnin'), but I was happy wif it. Next time I won't use such stiff interfacing, but oh well, live and learn
Here is an action shot, being modelled by my li'l girl:

Here is a pic of the inside. My first zippered pocket whoo hoo:

(her nailpolish is chipping - oops  Roll Eyes)
Aaaand another inside shot

I made some yoyos for the strap attachment:

Another view:

and one final (sorry for all the pics)


Thanks for looking, suggestions and comments welcome!
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilt + pillow = quillow on: September 12, 2007 11:38:35 PM
When my daughter was a baby, my mom made her a 'quillow', which is a quilt which can be folded up into a pillow (or a pillow which can be unfolded into a quilt Wink).  Recently I found a tutorial, so I whipped this up in a day!!! - thanks to all the machine quilting practice I got on my 9-patch that I posted a while ago. Tongue

Here is the pillow all folded neatly

The central panel is scotty dog fabric, with two borders, one plain green, one striped.  Here is a detail of some quilting on the pillow, meandering around the little pooches

and here is a closer-up of the borders

This is kind of looking into the pillow

Now it is being unfolded

completely unfolded and held out

The pillow part has two sides.  One side has green border fabric, and shows when it is folded up into a pillow.  the other side has purple border fabric and shows when it is unfolded into a quilt

The quilt front is black fabric with white dog footprints, the quilt back is black, grey and white sort of checked.  the binding is purple with white scotty sillouettes.

I think it turned out cute - I hope you like it.
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Heart brooch plus some canes on: September 12, 2007 11:24:53 PM
Well I have been playing with polymer clay for a few weeks now, only just managed to take pix of some of the stuff I have done.  My canes seem to be getting worse instead of better - maybe I am getting complacent. 
Anyway, one of my favourites is this heart with wings, which was one of the first things I did.  I attached a brooch clip to the back and I wear it almost every day




Here are some canes I made recently.  The best is bad batz Maru

Plus some golden bling

ON the weekend I did this little fishbowl, but it didn't turn out too good

and this castle, which I have been planning to do for ages, but again it is too distorted  Cry


Anyhoodle, hope you enjoy the pix.  Feedback really welcome.
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