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1  Re: A Russian Bread Bag (a.k.a. Lunch Bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: May 05, 2015 02:48:55 PM
Okay. So, now I've fixed it.

I re-applied the Bias Tape (correctly) and added the Velco closure, and a little patch.
I'm pleased.

There were a couple of spaces where the stitches didn't catch the other side's Bias Tape, so, I hand-stitched it.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Improved?
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2  A Russian Bread Bag (a.k.a. Lunch Bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: May 04, 2015 12:10:36 AM
My husband and I were in Vancouver BC. Nice trip.

While wandering around, we came across a store named "Camouflage".
It was an individualists' store, with a great variety of items; clothes, bumper stickers, knives, hats, bags, and helmets. Upstairs, there was an Army Surplus area. And, not just Canadian army, various armies from around the globe.

A neat bag caught my eye,

I showed my husband, he thought it neat, we left the store. I thought not much more of it, but it caught my husbands attention. While our daughter and I went to a bookstore, he went back and bought it.

Once we returned home, I took the measuring tape to it, and came up with these notes,

Using the notes, I made a pattern for it. Then, using a bit of common sense, and some Denim, I made the bag, itself.

And, the interior,

I admit to a few errors, though.
1. When putting in the divider, I marked both the front and back on the same side. If you're marking the wrong side of the fabric, you ought mark the left side on one pattern piece and the right side of the other, that they'll correspond with each other. Easy enough fix.
2. I didn't round the corners off. I was applying the bias tape before I realized it had rounded corners for a reason. Not just artistic view; but to make bias application easier. (In real life, you can see that my bias tape is really not very good. Undecided )
3. I ought have added Velcro before putting it together, to make the flap stay closed.
Oh well, live & learn.

What do you think, Crafsters? Turn out okay? Awful copy? Somewhere in between?
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3  Re: 2 Lemon Loafs in Recipes and Cooking Tips by hat-and-bag-lady on: April 20, 2015 03:30:31 PM

This is a pic of the front cover.
As I said, earlier, I received it as a wedding gift, over 20 years ago. This one, I tried about 10 years ago (?)
Dear Hubby, enjoys them so much, that baking them one at a time is quite pointless. That's why I listed a recipe for 2. In order to make only one, halve the recipe.
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4  2 Lemon Loafs in Recipes and Cooking Tips by hat-and-bag-lady on: April 12, 2015 09:36:26 AM
I first got this from a recipe book called "Company's Coming: Muffins and More"
At my first try of it, I discovered that making them one at a time is pointless. So, here's a double recipe.

Grease & Flour 2 loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350*F

1 C. Butter
2 C. White Sugar
4 Eggs
1 C. Milk
In a large bowl, cream Butter and Sugar and 2 eggs. Beat in other 2 eggs. Blend in Milk.

3 C Flour
2 tsp. Baking Power
1 tsp. Salt
2 Grated Lemon rinds
In a 2nd bowl, thoroughly stir Flour, B. Power, Salt and Lemon rind. Add to milk mixture. Stir ONLY to MOISTEN! (do not over-stir) Spoon into prepared pans.
Bake 1 Hour, or until tests done with toothpick. Remove from oven, add Glaze. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove to rack and continue cooling. Wrap and store (I put it in the fridge, myself, but I don't think you have to.)

1/2 C. Sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Combine juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Spoon evenly over hot loafs.
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5  A Wool Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: March 30, 2015 06:39:29 AM
I hadn't thought before of making a tote bag out of wool. Then, I read it in this book,

"Hold It ... " by Nancy Restuccia. Terrific resource if you can get it. (I got mine off E-Bay auction site.)

So, I bought some Wool fabric and decided to give it a try. Simplicity 9658, bag B. It's a nicely sized tote, neither too large, nor too small.

Here it is:

And the other side:

This one will remain mine. Period.
Thank you for looking.
Any feedback is welcome.
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6  A "Family" of Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: March 25, 2015 06:05:27 PM
(These are all Kwik-Sew 3526)
I found this material with a photography-type print on it, and decided that would make a nice bag for a neighbour.

Once that was decided, I thought it might be an idea to make a bag for each of her daughters. One is a reporter, the other has a great interest in Horses.

After that, I thought it wouldn't be kind to give "Just" them a bag each, and not her husband. So, I decided this one would be nice for him. (because it's kind of "guyish")

(Have you ever had a project completely take on a life of its own?) Then, decided that since I had made both of the daughters a bag, it would be surly to not make one for their roommate.

Then, their son came home from ... back east, I think it was. So, I decided to make him one as well.

But, I didn't have enough of that fabric for both sides: so, I used a similar, but different print for the other side

(Fortunately, their other son is not yet home: but I will make him one, when he gets home.)

Feedback, positive or negative, would be appreciated. Thank you
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7  Young Reporter's Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: December 24, 2014 10:21:11 AM
I made 3 bags out of Kwik-Sew 3526.

I forgot to take pictures of the first one  Angry

I tried to post the other 2 on the same post, but can't from my phone! (And, now, I'm too annoyed to try to figure it out!  Angry  Angry )

So, here's my bag for a young reporter.

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8  Tool Roll -- by request in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: September 22, 2014 11:33:08 AM
My husband was cleaning out a small tool-bag he had in the trunk of his car.
Inside, he had a bunch of wrenches.  He needed all of them, but would have preferred them to be on a tool roll.
He explained what he had in mind. I showed him a picture from "Hold it! How to sew bags, totes, duffels, pouches & more" by Nancy Restuccia. (Excellent resource, highly recommend.)Between the pic, and his explanation, I decided I could make something that would "do".
I wish I could say I just sat down and this "came out of the sewing machine". It didn't; the first one had not enough, and too narrow of pockets. And, there were rough edges hanging out all over. I thought I'd be able to rip a few pocket seams, but since it's made out of Paint drop-cloth, the weave is too loose, so the material was starting to rip.  Angry
So, I had to start over.
I suppose it's a blessing (of a sort) to have to start over. You just get to repair whatever mistakes you initially made.
The seam that looks "extra" over on the left ... is extra. I accidentally made the pockets too long. So, in an effort to fix it, and have the tools more easily seen & retrieved, I added that seam.
I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures in sewing. Feedback is welcome.
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9  Spring Sewing in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: June 10, 2013 03:56:55 PM
Hi, everybody  Grin

I know: It's been (quite) a while since I last Posted: please forgive me and have a look at these recent projects.

The first thing I did (and only took one pic of) was Tote bag Simplicity 9658 (tote B)

It was a not very really thick cotton (I think) The bottom band was actually a Table-cloth material. Very thin: well worth using as the bottom band, which I think is there mostly for looks, not for extra strength.
It was not a very thick black cotton, and was rather limp, so to stiffen it up, I put stiffening Seams on the outside corners. Unfortunately, in this photo, they aren't that evident. They worked well, though: it stiffened up the sides of the tote, so it wasn't flopping over. (Even lining it with self-material wouldn't have stiffened it up enough, I didn't think)

Next, was a duffel bag: done from Butterick 6678, Bag B

This is the end product: I'd had to change a couple of things, including the drawstring length

Here's the back: I put on a strap, this time.

The first one of this pattern I'd made din't have a strap: It was based on the Red Bag in "The Bourne Identity" movie.
Silly me, I put the "Star Applique" on first, before even sewing my first stitch. I really thought it would be in the middle of the front: it wasn't. (It was close, but ... close only counts on Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.) So, I added some Crystal, glue-on things.

I had wanted to make this out of a denim, and so did. I'd wanted the fancy, sparklies on it, and there they are.  I was actually planning to use brass-coloured grommets around the top, but there weren't any available, so I went with white.
The last thing I mad on my Sewing Marathon was a newsboy Cap. I have the material for over half a dozen of these, but chose this material. It's been a long while since I made one, but it turned out alright. I messed up on the gathering; they say the gathering thread has to go on the inside, by the lining. They mean it. I've forgotten which one this is, except that it's a Kwik Sew.
(Just remembered! it's Kwik-Sew 3133.

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10  2 new bags. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by hat-and-bag-lady on: May 25, 2013 02:39:45 PM
Been a while since I posted: sorry.

But, here I have 2 new bags that I made yesterday: Simplicity 9658, Tote B, and Butterick 6678, Bag B.
A tote bag and a duffel bag.

The Tote

The Duffel, Open

The Duffel, closed, showing front

The Duffel, closed showing handle.

You can't see it very well in the photo, but the Tote bag has a pocket on it. It's between the handles, above the band.
I added corner "seams" in order to have it be stiffer and more stand-uppy. It worked: it was kinda limp before.
The Balloon print fabric is one that I bought and was supposed to have been tablecloth material. It was very lightweight and worked well as the lower band.

The reason you cannot see the bling-ness on the Duffel, after it's closed, is because I (foolishly) put the bling-ness on first, before even sewing it.  I really thought that was going to be the front.

What do you think, Craftsters? I like to think that I'm improving.

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