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1  California / California: North / Free stuff in Vacaville! on: November 26, 2009 10:05:00 PM
Hey ladies and gents - I live in Vacaville (on 80 between SF and Sac) and i'm moving. Sadly I need to get rid of some stuff, I don't have a car, so anybody interested would have to come to my house. Or meet me near my house if you'd rather.

I have:
+ Zippers (lots. Pounds of zippers literally. Lengths and colors are random, would be easier if someone just takes them all. About half a paper bag's worth)
+ Random quarter yards of various prints.
+ Vinyl (strips that have been cut to be 1.25" wide, lengths vary, fun colors like teal and plum)
+ Resin! I have some two part resin (the kind where you do NOT use catalyst) that can't move with me

So if you're interested, please reply to this thread or send me a message. I don't really want to dump this stuff off at a thrift store if someone local wants this stuff (some of it at least).
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cute clutch w/french seam on: May 08, 2007 07:40:11 PM
i've been in the worst anti-sewing funk since like.....january! so finally i made something, just a clutch, but i do like it!





clear vinyl is layered over the fabric, and the bottom & handle are both white vinyl. i made this with french seams, but i forgot to trim my zipper - so its a bit funky. otherwise, its 8.5" long and about 5" tall.

i took the pictures via webcam, and i didn't fix the colors. the lining is black and white, and the outer fabric is light blue with super dark brown.

what do you think?

ps - here's a gif i found that visually explains a french seam Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vinyl organizers & eyeglass cases! on: December 24, 2006 04:50:57 AM
hey there everyone! i've been sewing like a crazy woman lately and i just wanted to show off my most recent creations. they're pretty basic, but i love them!

organizers: these are for keeping up with those smaller pieces of paper that end up cluttering your purse, or shoved in your pockets. great for receipts, fortune cookie fortunes, ticket stubs - you know, paper that you don't want to lose!

eyeglass cases: self explanitory! not as protective as a hard case, but not sitting on your glasses is a good habit to get into anyway. these are best for fending away dust/dirt, the annoying stuff that you don't want on your glasses.

not too pleased with the inner vs. outer color combo - i was just antsy to use this pink vinyl  Lips sealed


see, its painted on both sides!


yay, eyeglass cases, or cozies if you prefer


a good medium size to fit most eye/sun glasses


Q. & A. (so you don't have to search for answers!)

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love! where do you get your vinyl?

black vinyl: joann's (upholstery section)
pink vinyl: joann's (in the value flat folds)
sky blue vinyl: from a local upholstery shop that is now out of business Sad


ok, that's all for now, so until next time:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR  Grin
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my weekender bag! lotsa pictures! on: October 29, 2006 07:08:51 PM
i am so in love with this bag. long story short: last minute plane trip, only be gone for a few days, backpack is too small, regular luggage too big, solution? make something!

edited to add: in addition to the bag, i also made the pattern!

i prefer the term "weekender bag" instead of duffle bag. to me, "weekender bag" means: medium sized travel bag for short, fun trips. ok, picture time!

<---hey cutie!

<---made specifically so i can sling it on my back. i dislike bumping luggage with other travelers.

<---the bottom is one big piece of vinyl, in case i set the bag down on a wet spot.

<---strap is also vinyl - easy to grab, and looks tidy

<---corner detail w/zipper shot

<---i made it specially to fit 2 pairs of jeans (side by side), to easily pack/stack my outfits, apprently also good for towels!

<---fully lined too!

when i started sewing this together, i couldn't stop! i had to stop to eat, but that was my only break - i was on a roll, and damn proud. the vinyl and cotton print were bought from Joann's, the zipper was thrifted (actually, at the thrift store i found a comforter bag FULL of various zippers for $10, i won't have to buy zippers for a year+ now!), and the lining (a jonathan adler design) is a re-purposed shower curtain.

in just over a week, i will visit at least 3 airports on two seperate days, and i can rest assured that NOBODY will have my same carry-on bag! i love that. next step: make more for my travelling friends and family with different color combinations, whoo!

post-traveling update: my trip lasted 4 days, and i had enough room in this bag for a different outfit each day, plus space to carry-on gifts for the wedding! when totally stuffed, it was still within the carry-on limit to take on southwest flights. the best part was when i was trying to get it out of the overhead bins, a nice person would offer to grab it for me, all i had to say was "the red one" and there was no confusion, because nobody else had red luggage. folks even recognised me in the other airports, because my carry-on was so memorable  Cheesy  this bag was a real success, and my mother (who was once a professional seamstress) actually asked how i made it! i will be re-designing the strap, for easier grabbing when the bag is full, i have a great idea in mind, i'll post it here when i actually make it.

Q. & A. (so you don't have to read the whole thread for an answer!

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Did you follow a pattern?
A. no i did not! i just imagined what i wanted the finished product to look like, and worked backwards!

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Are you planning on sharing the pattern or selling these ??
A. sorry! i will not be sharing this pattern!

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Do you work the vinyl on your regular sewing machine?
A. yes i do! some say to use upholstery thread & a leather needle, but honestly, i use the same needles and threads that i sew cottons with! one good thing to have if you want to sew vinyl though is a teflon foot. the regular metal feet just stick to the vinyl, and the teflon just glides over the top.

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do you fold it over to hide raw edges like you would fabric? Also what kind of needle do you use?
A. you don't HAVE to hide the raw edges, because vinyl does not fray. folding over the raw edge is only an asthetic touch, not a functional one - so whether you fold or not, its your decicion! i just use my trusty all purpose needle! i dislike switching needles all of the time, so i've learned how to use the same needles with all of the fabrics i use!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vinyl case for...things on: September 23, 2006 05:44:56 AM
so, tonight i finally made something i've been thinking about for a while. this was a tester, just to see if my imagined method of costruction would work - so it is certainly flawed. future versions will be lined, and i will take the time to pin and/or mark so things will line up correctly.

on to the pictures!

first off: the inspiration - my chair from ikea


front end - i forgot the little tab for tuggin'


back end - where i remembered said tab


size comparison to a macbook


the finished dimentions, piping included are 8" long x 4" tall x 3" deep. the zipper is 10" long. it's a good size to carry a fair amout of stuff, i rather like it.

i asked my husband's poker buddies what they thought of it, and they all agreed that "it's alright" and i would love some more (detailed) opinions! for the record, from start to finish, this took about two hours - my sewing machine really disliked this project  Lips sealed
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / advertising in zines on: March 30, 2006 10:38:04 PM
has anybody bought an ad for a zine? how did it work out for you? i'm wanting to start looking for good zines to advertise in, now that i've finally made myself some fliers. i made the fliers to take with me to bazaar bizaare, and i'd love the same one to be placed in zines. later to really get the word out (of my stuff) i'll also be contributing to the sampler after BB next month.

so know any good zines in circulation that will let me buy ad space? i make accessories, so i guess a diy zine would be best. oh - and for the record, i don't mean magazines, i mean little zines that people make themselves, that cannot be bought at newsstands and bookstores Smiley

thanks in advance!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / shrinkydink INSANITY - problem solved! on: March 16, 2006 12:25:13 AM
ok, i didn't use legitimate SD, just #6 recyclable plastic. the idea was to have plastic labels to sew onto my purses that i make, but that clearly will not be happening today. here's what i'm working with:



this is exactly what i did:
- sand one side of the plastic a bit
- cut plastic into 8 strips
- punch holes with a cute heart punch
- write my 'company' name on each with a sharpie
- pre-heat toaster oven to 350
- open a cream soda
- place plastics on foil, on a cookie sheet, put in toaster oven
- pulled them out a few seconds after they stopped moving

any tips to reduce this craziness? i'm going to check the mail, then go after these suckers with a heat gun and pliars as to not burn myself. i'll be back soon, after i try re-melting them!


EDIT: turned out they needed to be in a bit longer than i was comfortable with! after a few seconds i was getting worried about how long it was going to take, and when i remembered where my respirator was, the plastics had started to right themselves. so, no respirator, just worries!

8  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's 4872 in real life? on: November 25, 2005 01:24:59 AM
has anybody used McCall's 4872, and can i see it?

i'd really love to make my own shirts, since most shirts that "fit" are uncomfortably short on my long torso [i don't fancy showing my tummy when i raise my arms]. i figure that the shirt length will be easy to modify, but i do have a potentially silly question: where do you find ribbing? honestly, i've never seen it from what i can recall. is it sold on a bolt or a roll like ribbon or webbing?

thank you in advance!!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / monster fur tote/hat on: November 19, 2005 01:20:05 AM
i just made this the other night out of boredom, plus, the fabric was on sale, so i HAD to do something with it!

aaawww, its pink and black


but my camera makes the colors wierd in the bathroom:


when inside-out, it makes a very warm and silly hat:


if you want my silly hat, its actually for sale, click this nifty button if you'd be interested:
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Judikins' diamond glaze on: October 24, 2005 10:39:56 PM
i need to adhere paper to plastic, and from what i've been reading, this diamond glaze it exactly what i need. but, i have no idea where i could buy it (besides eBay). does micheal's or joann's carry it? i live in a little town that is not rich in craft stores, so um, any hints? if its any matter i'm in vacaville california.
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