I used Aunt Lydia's "Fashion Crochet Thread" (100% Mercerized Cotton), Size 3.
And, I bet it would have worked out just as well, if not better, if I had made it wider on longer and folded it in half. Good thinking!
I want to make one for myself, so I might try your suggestion! I was just trying out a pattern from the book, so I just made a swatch, originally. Hmmmm...now I'm even thinking I could add a flap to cover the zipper...I have plenty of the thread and I have extra fabric...all I need is a zipper...hmmmm...
Here I am, with no papers to grade and nothing extremely pressing to work on. So, I actually have time to continue my November Easy square. And then I'm jumping ahead to do the butterfly square as a reward to myself.
Reward for only completing 2 squares, you say? Why not? Or , maybe it could be an "I-made-it-through-a-school-year-with-one-of-the-worst-groups-of-8th-graders-I've-ever-had" reward.
Less expensive than some of my usual rewards (books, CDs, craft supplies) and much less fattening than some others (chocolate, ice cream, cookies...). So maybe it could even be a reward for avoiding these other rewards!
And I know some of you are saying- "Whatever! Just get your darn squares done!"
This is amazing! I would love to make something with pop tabs and this is inspiring!
I was just at a party yesterday and the beers and sodas were being consumed at a rapid pace. I actually started to reach for a blue tab on a can of Coors Light (I think), but stopped myself...it would become an obsession...
Maybe I'll send an e-mail out to the family to start saving their tabs for me...
What do you do about the sometimes sharp/jagged bits that appear when the tab is removed from the can?
This is a fantastic piece of work! You seem to have an excellent eye for graphics- the boldness of it all works very well!
I love the pull tab on the cover- it grabbed me right from the start and made me want to keep looking! And, the Contents page is slick! Then, the chapter dividers- love them- and I love how they are not as wide as a full page- it makes it than much more interesting.
I really want to hold the completed book in my hands and fully explore it! If you don't get an A on your project, send it to me and I will re-grade it for you
Your attention to detail is impressive. And, while I like the story, what you did with it just makes it that mych better!
Very, very, very well done and inspiring! Now I want to go and dig out all of my book-making books and have a go...
Thanks for the compliments, everyone! Since I gave it away as a gift, I'll have to choose another pattern to try from the book and then make one for myself!
And elizabeth, it really wasn't too hard. The hardest part was trying to keep the crochet piece flat while I sewed it onto the fabric. I used a lot of pins...and many curse words...and a few band-aids...
I'm lazy, so I machine stitched it. I stitched the crocheted panel onto the piece of outer fabric first, and then basically followed the lined zipper pouch tutorial.
The crocheted piece had nice edges on the top and bottom, so it was easy to machine stitch that part. The sides were not as neat, which is one of the reasons it curves a bit (plus I tried to stretch it straight as I sewed the sides...clearly it didn't work... ).
I would guess that if you were working with a flat piece of crochet then it would be easy enough to sew the lining in with a machine. I know that some folks who have been making the fat bottom bag (at least that's where I think I read it) have been talking about the best way to do the lining. I haven't made the bag yet, so I can't offer any advice.
Maybe, if you were working with a non-flat crocheted piece, then you could sew the lining by machine, but stitch it into the bag by hand. You probably only need to stitch it by hand around the top edge.
I don't know how helpful this was...mostly thinking "out loud."
Fluxity- That tea cup is awesome! I don't know if I'd be able to pull that off!
Hey, thanks! I was really proud of it.... I wanted to keeeeep it, but I exercised some will power
I had to do the same for the tea cups that I etched. It took a while to cut out the characters, but the end result was worth it. It's funny because I had the tea cups but never used them (very similar to yours), and once I etched them, I almost couldn't give them away!