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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Custom Leapster Messenger Bags on: December 27, 2009 04:52:52 AM
this has worked out well, ya'll!  my kids really like their bags and the cartridges are no longer strewn all over the floor all the time!!

so i encourage you to go ahead and make your projects, too!  Smiley

bettyann
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Custom Leapster Messenger Bags on: December 25, 2009 08:53:24 AM
I have 2 boys - 5,3 who love playing with their leapster (they were sharing one, but we bought the 3yr old his very own leapster for christmas this year)

and I made 2 leapster custom bags for them.  i used plastic canvas to make it nice and stiff inside.


front of bag with clip on removable embroidered handle:


back of bag:  snap/elastic pocket for holding headphones:


bag open showing pouch pocket - zipper closure for cartridges:


zippered pocket showing cartridges (sorry it's blurry!):


inside shot showing the leapster - with cartridge attached fitting nicely in the bag:


a pic of my 3yr old approving of his new bag (his is blue; his brother's is red):


feedback appreciated.  i think i incorporated all the elements i felt were necessary for a child on the go with his leapster - no space for chargers, etc but really, what does a kid bring with him on the go?  just the game unit and a couple cartridges!  Smiley

bettyann

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: This used to be a peanut butter jar... on: December 14, 2009 01:55:51 PM
I like this idea a LOT, but only one thing - make sure the recipient knows it used to be peanut butter container. . .i say this because i have a SEVERELY allergic child - to peanuts/tree nuts and that container - even if cleaned out well, could have some peanut oil residue remaining (peanut oil can be very hard to remove completely).

i really do like your jar.  so much so that i plan on doing similarly with my applesauce and apple butter containers.  Smiley

bettyann
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: AIO Cloth Diaper- Trial Attempt, Advice Please? on: March 29, 2009 03:52:41 PM
lloks nice.

keep back elastic.  will hold in poop explosions.

rip stop will actually work as waterproof barrier but is likely to have compression leaks.  a small spray of waterproofing spray will help - find that in camping aisle.

hth.

nice job!

bettyann
mommy to 3 in dipes
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Swiper stop swiping my sewing stuff! on: October 02, 2008 01:35:48 PM
i love it!  i'm gonna swipe your idea!  *big grin*
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Mai Tei on: September 27, 2008 04:07:25 AM
pretty.

you didn't say though when you made it - are the straps attached to a separate piece of fabric that the pretty top fabric is over?  reason i ask is because if you simply turned and topstitched fabric with the straps in the corners held in by merely straight stitching then the child may break thru the carrier.

all of the (good) tuts will include instructions on the actual strength bearing layer. . ..

i just want you and your baby safe.  Smiley

wasn't it fun to make, though?  *grin* 

i just love my carrier, too.

bettyann
mommy to 4yr old, yr old and 4 month old. . .
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Chinese Silk Brocade Mei Tai on: September 07, 2008 06:20:34 PM
your mei tai inspired me to get my butt in gear and finish the one i started a while back!  Smiley

i really like yours a lot - so much so that i want to make another mei tai now - only using for the front outer panel my red brocade dragons!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Mei Tai for my baby! :-* on: September 07, 2008 05:05:55 PM
mei tai's rule. You did a fantastic job. I love your pleats. and I love your fabric!

aw thanks!  i never could figure out how to make pleats evenly so I just set my machine on a basting stitch and then pulled the threads to gather it then just stitched over it. . .  shh, it's our secret, lol.  Smiley

i have had the cat fabric for over 10 years.  I bought a chair from a shop in Virginia (a Sam Moore queen anne style chair - with that fabric on it - ('socks' was the name of the fabric - at time clinton was in office - his cat was the inspiration for the fabric apparently) - anyways, i bought this fabric because i was worried the chair would wear but the chair is still looking good so i thought i could use the fabric instead of letting it just stay in a cabinet).

sure did give a long explanation, eh?  

Thanks for your positive response, though.  I see lots of mistakes in my stitching - it's a bit crooked if you look real close - i used a 110/something needle but it was still real thick and the machine didn't like it over the really thick parts. . . but it persevered thru.  

bettyann
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mei Tai for my baby! :-* on: September 07, 2008 04:57:45 PM
I used:

http://thosemartins.com/bmt/index.htm

to make:





my pocket:


i'm just so proud of my rolled hems, lol!





I still need to hem the ends of the straps after I decide what length I want them to be and I also need to add the little loops to the straps for the knots to hold the sleeping cover in place.

tfl!  Kiss

BettyAnn
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Environmentally friendly diaper - newborn on: September 07, 2008 03:49:43 PM
Go, Funky Monkey, Go!!! Cheesy  Thanks again.  You are a lifesaver.  Is the 2mil as easy to sew as the 1mil?

same in my experience.

btw, blue pul is 2mil, the red embroidered diaper cut out is 1mil.  they don't feel that much different really.

don't know if i told you, but whenever you're ready to use the red cut out - just trace that diaper cut out on the fabrics you want to use as inners and you'll have a perfectly custom diaper.  Smiley 

bettyann
who is very close to finishing a mei tai baby carrier!  Smiley  if only my kids would let me have 15 more minutes to sew and i'd be DONE!
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