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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tool Roll -- by request on: September 26, 2014 10:31:29 PM
This could not have come at a better time.  My husband just asked me to make him a spanner roll.  Thanks for the links and tips.
I hope it helps.
I didn't use the book, but it gave me a place to start.
As I'd said, I had to add the seam to allow for easier viewing & retrieval. It might have been avoided by better measuring & planning.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tool Roll -- by request 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.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: H-a-B-L has "Bag Envy" on: June 10, 2013 04:18:39 PM

After Mum went into the Bulkley Lodge, Seniors apartments, the bag I would most have enjoyed receiving back (this one) my sister fell in love with and is KEEPING!
 Cry  Tongue  Angry  Shocked

I'm sure she'd give it to me if I asked, but I can make another one. (So often I remember to re-make something that I've previously made.  Undecided )
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My most recent shopping bag on: June 10, 2013 04:07:40 PM
Thank you. The pansy print is great for a lining, but it's overwhelming for an exterior.
It's a bag tutorial from here on Crafster.

This one I gave away, to a lovely friend who has Blue eyes.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spring Sewing 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.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 new bags. 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.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My most recent shopping bag on: February 17, 2013 03:46:50 PM
it's been quite a while since I've been on here. But, here's the latest one I've done,

And, here's the interior.

And, of course, link to the Tute ...

Comments always welcome.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crocheting reuseable bags on: October 11, 2012 01:56:25 PM
I'm not a crochet-er.
I have admired the crocheting of a lovely Mennonite lady: She uses plastic bags, cut to size, for crocheting. She uses several different colours of bags to make nice patterns: rather than just whatever pattern happens to occur when using cut-to-length Plastic bags. (also known as "plarn")
Another thing this particular Mennonite lady does, that I thought was clever, she uses old VHS tapes as "Plarn" to crochet into re-useable bags. (the way movies used to be viewed back before DVD's.) She tells me that one VHS tape makes one re-useable bag.
I thought that maybe some of you could use this information.
Thank you for your time and attention.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dear Hubby's Birthday Hoodie (KS #2636) on: June 19, 2012 06:52:34 PM
 Cheesy One Warning!  Smiley
Don't pack the pocket with "stuff", AND your Cell-phone! (The openings are large, and the pocket is large, but it's also easily over-stuffed.)

My Dear Husband says he dropped his Cell-phone in the toilet because it was in th' pocket, and he REALLY had to go. He tugged up th' Hoodie, an' his Cell-phone fell out right into the toilet Shocked
 Angry He was not happy.
It was fortunate the phone did dry-out, and continued working.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Happy Birthday, Tiffany on: June 01, 2012 11:37:03 AM
Have learned from my daughter that Tiffany is using it as a purse. (Not th't she carries much stuff ) so, she carries it every day.
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