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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first finished bag! (Several blurry pics included) on: April 22, 2007 03:52:40 PM
You guys have been inspiring me for months (over a year, maybe?) and I finally got around to making my own bag. The fact that my old one was turning into little shreds of fabric helped too... So this is my first finished bag and my first finished sewing machine project in general (note the "finished" part). I'm happy with it, although I have already discovered some things that I'd like to fix. And a plug for this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0. This was honestly one of the best tutorials I've ever followed.

Outside (sorry for the quality =/):


Inside keys and cell phone pockets:


Pens/pencils and "unmentionable" zipper pockets:


Thanks for looking. Smiley
~B
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Eek! CD labeling question on: February 28, 2007 02:14:24 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right category for this question, so point me in the right direction if it's not. If it is, read on... Smiley

Ok, so I've procrastinated as usual and have to have a CD of all my graphic design work by tomorrow to turn in for scholarship applications. I don't have any of the CD label paper to print a label on, but I really don't want to give them just a disc with handwriting on it. My question is this: How can I glue a regular piece of paper onto the CD without having to worry about it popping off again once in the CD drive? I thought of using spray mount, but will it stick well enough? If anyone's tried this or found some other way to do it, please let me know! Thanks! Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Hey look, another interfacing question! on: January 03, 2007 05:49:34 PM
I'm sorry to post another one of these as they seem to pop up so often but I'm still baffled with this stuff and wanted to ask something a little more specific. I'm doing a kind of personal swap with a friend and she just mentioned that she's done with my stuff and I haven't even started hers! I'm making her a knitting bag which just so happens to be the first bag I've made. Ever. So, here's my question: The outside of my bag is a black twill and the inside is a red satiny material. I bought some interfacing but realized too late that it was sew in, not fusible. I also think it's too thin to hold the bag upright even when it doesn't have a whole lot of stuff in it. I saw some super thick almost padded fusible interfacing at Hancock the other day but wanted to make sure that that would be ok with people who knew more about it than I do before I spent $8 a yard on it. Tongue So does anyone have any personal preferences for interfacing? Oh, and should I fuse it to the lining as well or just the outer material? Thanks a lot for your advice. Smiley
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / How do I keep my paper from warping? on: December 08, 2006 08:57:46 PM
So I'm in my finals frenzy for this semester and I'm working on an accordian book for one of my classes. As per usual, however, I've never actually completed a book before. On my mock-ups I'd used rubber cement which worked fine but stank horribly. For the final I was planning on using a mixture of Sobo and Nori which was suggested by my teacher. It works fine for the book cloth, but totally bubbles and warps when I'm just gluing paper to paper (the same way Elmer's would, for instance). Does anyone have any suggestions for adhesives that don't do that? Or a better way to apply them, if that's what I'm doing wrong? I'm mixing them in a dish and applying with a paintbrush, at the moment. Thanks so much for your help.  Smiley

-B
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine question... or two on: November 29, 2006 07:34:24 PM
So I got a sewing machine a few years ago for Christmas which, as is typical of me I'm afraid, I used feverishly for a few weeks and then put it away for, oh... until last week sometime. The problem is that after a few moves in the meantime I seem to have lost the manual for it. I remember how to thread the bobbins and change the feet and all that, but it had information about what stitches, what needles, and what feet to use when. As well as tension and yadda yadda that I never got around to learning. So I have two questions: First, anyone know where I can find the manual? It's a cheap-ish, new-ish Kenmore that I can probably find the model number for. And second, if the manual isn't available anywhere, where can I find information about that other stuff. Especially what stitches to use and when? Thanks a lot for any help. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hoodie Pattern? on: October 09, 2006 03:02:19 PM
Does anyone know where I could get a basic but good hoodie pattern? I searched but didn't see anything. I'm hoping to make a fleece one to satisfy my hoodie adiction. Thanks for any help! Smiley
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES / Terror to tiny, easily squishable things everywhere...! on: October 02, 2006 08:42:44 PM
2oz. robot of DOOM!

He's made out of plain old colored card stock and white glue. A puzzle of sorts, if you don't know what he's supposed to turn into.

I can't post pictures yet (sorry! =/ ) but here are his various stages of collapse:
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/7492/form1wk2.jpg
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/7218/form2ph0.jpg
http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/2764/form3xl1.jpg
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/7418/topiq3.jpg
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/21/frontup2.jpg
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First post, and first bunny on: October 02, 2006 04:35:07 PM
I've mostly been a cross stitch girl until recently, but now I'm totally hooked on thinking of new cute things I can make.

This is my first. I made my own pattern, so to speak (I just drew it straight on the material) and he's all hand-sewn in fleece. Not quite as cuddly as I had hoped, but I'll be fixing that on my next attempt. And I couldn't get a good shot of his face, but it's embroidery thread and blue buttons. Thanks for looking.  Cheesy

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