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1  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.

2  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.

3  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.
4  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.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / C'est fini et tres beau! on: May 02, 2012 11:54:12 PM
I've made this one before.  The most recent time was for my daughter going to college.

This one is for a Christian friend who Bikes (you'd never know th't! Cheesy )

I'm pretty proud of it.  (B.T.W. it's Kwik-Sew #3133).

This is the first time I've applied piping. (Even that worked.)

And, I asked if he'd prefer a pocket, or several. He said "pockets are great." Therefore, I put in 7.

(Yes, it only appears to be 6: there's a small patch pocket th't doesn't show in this pic.)

What do you think, Craftsters & guests? Worth being proud of?
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Here's the fabric I fell in love with. on: April 29, 2012 09:49:22 PM
Made another!
This one is nearly as great as the one "H-a-B-L has bag envy"
This Kwik-Sew #3526 is getting a LOT of use lately.

Well worth being impressed about, I think.
(Feedback always appreciated.)
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy Birthday, Tiffany on: April 25, 2012 02:33:38 PM
My daughter is attending Vancouver College of Art and Design (VCAD) with a friend. She and said friend are staying together down in Van(couver). Tiffany's Birthday was earlier this month.

I asked 'Chae what Tiffany liked. I was provided with quite a list. This, that and the other thing. Mostly this. These colours.
One thing mentioned was stars: I bought a neat stars-and-planet print, with matching contrast; but fell in love with it myself. (I'll make a bag out of it and post it later. Grin) So, back to the shop called Fabrications I went. One other thing in the list was "Hello Kitty", and the colour blue. I found a nice fabric that combined those two. And got a matching contrast.  I also purchased a "Fat Quarter", some Rat-tail cord, and some cord-locks; to make a gift-bag for the bag once it was done.

The only issue I had with it was it is Flannel. Not that great for a bag, but it did the job.
And, here's one with the gift bag:

And, the ... bag in the bag  Roll Eyes

I have sent it in the latest "Care Package" to my daughter (Which I also enclosed this bag:  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / This one's so bright, ya gotta have shades)
I hope that Tiffany likes her bag. (I hope that it doesn't go all fuzzy. Flannel doesn't usually go fluffy. But, since it's a bag, and I don't want it to, chances are 50/50 that it might. Grin)

My husband thinks that it's cute. I sorta like it. I think Tiffany will like it. What do you think, Craftsters and guests? Cute: not bad: good: bad: somewhere in-between?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Highly Caffeinated Bag on: April 22, 2012 04:51:23 PM
I dunno. I just dunno. Huh

I suppose it's attractive enough.
As with many recent bags, it's Kwik-Sew #3526. And, I did want a caffeinated bag but, I just dunno.

What verdict do you put in, Craftsters & guests? Is it alright, or otherwise?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dear Hubby's Birthday Hoodie (KS #2636) on: April 17, 2012 08:48:33 PM
I cannot believe that I did this well on this one! It worked out so terrifically. (Is that a word? ... it is now.)

I decided that for my husband's birthday, I would make him a new hoodie. The last one that I made for him was back a couple years ago (Shown here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362708.msg4258171#msg4258171)

I found a really nice, thick, polar-fleece. The pattern envelope says 2.1 Meters (2 1/4 yards). I have always found, when making this hoodie, that I always ended up with about .10 meter (about 10 cm: roughly 4 inches) left over that was unused. Not enough for much of anything. So I bought 2 meters. Worked out just fine.

Then, I decided that since M. liked the Harley Davidson patch so well on the "Fall Fair Hoodie", I would buy another patch and sew it onto this one. I bought a fairly large one, and an imp of mischief suggested that it be sewn on the back ... very low on the back. So, I agreed: I'd sew it low on the back. If M. objected, I would move the patch to where-ever he would rather have it. (It'd be sewn just above his behind: he might object)

This turned out great: Especially when you consider that I ended up working on it from 10:45 to 3:30 (quarter to eleven to three-thirty ...... in the morning.)

I have made several of this pattern previously: not only the "Fall Fair Hoodie". But, for whatever reason, this one has turned out the very best that I have ever done on any one of them. It is, as I said, a fairly thick Polar-fleece; and, maybe that contributed to the how terrifically this turned out.

Holding it up to look at it

Happy with how it fits

The Back View
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / DHs new Welding Beanies on: April 15, 2012 04:32:48 PM
I've been making bags for 'bout 2 weeks. Not th't anyone can ever have enough bags, but ...
Speaking with my dear Husband, he says he's on his "last handmade Beanie", and would appreciate more made for him; thanks.

I had unbleached cotton for th' centres. I'd bought bias-tape for the bottom.  But what to use for th' half-circles? It was too late at night to go to a fabric store, so I decided to check my fabric-stash. (All seamstresses and seamster's? Tailors? oughtta do th't every once in a while.) I "found" stuff I din't know I had, and stuff I din't know what project  I bought it for. That's the category this fly-fishing print falls into. No clue what I might have bought it for. Not enough to make a shirt. Too much for shorts, or a vest. No clue.

So, since I dunno what I bought it for, it'll make nice half-circles for these welding Beanies.
Here are the first 3.

I have several more cut out, an' ready to sew. I think they're turning out pretty nice.

What do you think, Craftsters and guests? They looking okay? Feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.
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