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41  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Towel bag on: June 12, 2007 07:33:41 PM
I made this a while ago, for my little sister.  Sorry for the blurry pics...

Here is the front.

The back.

Look inside... oh.. there's something in here, what could it be?

The bag unfolds into a towel!  Here's everything unfolded out of the bag.  (Minus my cat, Ewok.. he decided to be a camera whore while I was taking pictures, he was never inside of the bag Wink)

It's basically made in the same fashion as a quillow.(quilt/pillow.. my grandma used to make those for me)  It's made so you can have it in bag form and shove all of the things that you need at the pool or beach, sunscreen, sunglasses, magazines, etc.  Then after you've had a good time in the pool, unfold the towel and dry off.  Once you're ready to leave, pack everything back inside of itself and go!
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The transformation of a plain white table. on: June 10, 2007 12:14:43 PM
I did this project a while ago, but I thought I would share it with you guys.  Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the table before it went through these changes.  My mom bought me this table so I could put it in my dorm room.  My roommate and I painted it to match our carpet..

As you would imagine, toward the end of the year, this poor table had been through a lot.. and the paint was starting to peel off.  When I brought it home for the summer, I decided to mosaic it.  My roommate and I found a nice apartment for the next year, and we were told it had a nice little patio area(which was a lie.. stupid apartment people)  anyway, I mosaic-ed the table because I thought we could put it in the patio area that we were told we were getting... so, when I found out that we didn't have a patio, I was quite upset, because I really liked how the table came out..  blah, I'm rambling... you can see it made me very sad.
Anyway, here it is:

Inside, waiting for the glue to dry...

Outside, freshly grouted.. in all its glory.

It's Boo from Mario Bros.  Smiley
43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $43?! Shoot I can make that! Cassette tape wallet! on: June 07, 2007 03:18:44 PM
(Thanks for moving it! Smiley)

As seen here: http://www.designboom.com/shop/cassettewallet.html
I really like the concept of these wallets, but not enough to pay $39(+4 s/h) for one.. especially since I have so many cassette tapes sitting around the house with nothing to do! 

There's my version of the wallet.. I wasn't sure what kind of glue I should use to attach the fabric to the plastic.. I figured hot glue would just peel off, so I used this stuff called Duco cement, but it isn't that great either.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of glue I could use? Thanks!
44  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My own UMs on: June 07, 2007 02:24:39 AM
I saw these bags at http://www.joshjakus.com/ a long time ago, and today I randomly decided that I had to make one.  So I made two.  I made a small handbag, and a makeup/ brush bag.

Here they are!
The handbag:

The makeup/brush bag:

And here it is empty.. it's lined with vinyl so the brushes don't dirty up the inside.

The zippers are a little funky, and I have to go back and retouch quite a bit, but I think these are two pretty good attempts at the UM bags.
Bah, there's cat hair on them already!  You can never have nice black things if you own cats. Cheesy
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I'm loving this mumu on: May 07, 2007 08:51:14 PM
After lurking around this forum for a while, I was inspired to make something cute out of something ugly.  I took a trip to the thrift store down the street and I picked up this thing:

It was so comfy.

It took me a few days to decide on what to do with it, but finally last night i just started cutting and sewing, and it turned into this:

Front...weird pose.

Back, with a not so invisible invisible-zipper.  It was my first time sewing one of those in.

I'm thinking about adding black straps, but I'm not sure.  I usually just recon old shirts and make them into better fitting shirts, but I've never done any recons this complicated before.  I think my next project will be a moto jacket out of an old military jacket.. if I can find a good one on the thrift store on base!

I'd love to hear what you guys think!
46  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First post - a wristlet; my new love. Tutorial added;picture heavy. on: May 01, 2007 11:33:00 PM
Normally I make purses.. nothin' special - usually just totes, but recently I've been wanting a smaller to lug my crap around, so I decided to make my very first wristlet!  I wanted it to be fairly organized, so I put pockets for my credit/id cards inside, kind of like a wallet.  Naturally there are some things I'd change if I made another one, it being the first one I've ever made, but I still love this wristlet so much!

And to the most important part of this post; the pictures!

Here it is!

Side shot.

The innards, complete with my cards, phone, writing utensils and lip gloss.

Whelp, I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do!

Edit:  Tutorial added!! Here ya go.
Alright, here is the fabric I used:

The pink is going to be the outside and the green is going to be all of the inside goodness.

Ok, first I'll explain how to do the hardest part; the ID pocket.  I cut out a strip of green fabric, measuring 18 1/2 by 5 inches(now that I think about it, I think my measurements were off, but its okay, you can just cut the excess off later)  The easiest way to fold it correctly is to start from the left side, measure about three inches(I added in the seam allowance there), draw a line, and from that line, measure 1 3/4 inches, draw a line, from there measure 2 1/4 inches, line, and then from there alternate 1 3/4 and 2 1/4 until you get to the end, and you should end at 2 1/4 with a little bit of fabric left over.

From the left side, fold the first line under, and the second line over, 3rd under, 4th over, and alternate again.  I ironed it every time I folded, so I didn't have to pin it down. Blurry pic, sorry:

Ok, sorry if that was confusing, but it was the hardest part to figure out for me, so in turn its also hard for me to explain well.

Ok, here are the rest of the pieces:

- two 4 by 8 inch pieces of the outside fabric
- two 2 1/2 inches of the "inside" fabric to line the top of the outside
- two 6 1/2 inches of inside fabric
- two 8 inch pieces of the inside fabric, folded in half

- one 10 inch by whatever width you want your strap to be times 2.  I think I made mine about 2 inches... I didn't really measure, sorry.

Fold the 10 inch piece and sew along the side, iron, la de da, and you have the strap!

Pin the 2 1/2 inch strips to the top of the outside pieces, right sides together.  Here is where you'd pleat the outside if you so desired.  I didn't feel like it on this wristlet, so I did not.  Obviously if you pleat it, you should give yourself maybe an inch or two of extra fabric when you cut the outside pieces.


Pin the id pocket piece onto one of the folded 8 inch pieces, I pinned mine to the left side, you can do it in the middle or right, whatever you want!  I did mine on the very side because I'm going to make a small pocket with the right side... that part comes later.


Be careful if you're sewing in this direction, the pockets might get caught on the foot and make a boo-boo... like I did.  

Now take the 6 1/2 inch inside pieces and pin the two folded 8 inch pieces onto them, like so:

And sew!  Now, on these pieces, I didn't sew down the sides, I sewed straight down the middle to create two pockets on each side as well as connecting those two pieces at the same time.  I'm going to sew all of the pieces together at the end.. but if you want you can sew along the edges right now.  I sew along the seam of the ID slot pockets to connect the 6 1/2 to the 8 inch like so:

and just straight down the middle of the other one.

Ok, now you have all of the main pieces put together, all you have to do is sew 'em up! We're almost done!

I used e.r.i.k.a's tutorial for the lined zippered pouch(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0) to help me out with this part..
Take one of the outside pieces, put the zipper on top(yes, my zipper is excessively long, but it's fine, zippers are easy to shorten), right sides together, sew.

I cannot stress this enough... make SURE you are sewing the zipper the right way... don't be like me and sew together the pieces and then realize you did it wrong.. and have to seam rip all of the pieces off... trust me, it's frustrating!

Put one of the inside pieces face down onto the outside piece and sew it together, basically on the same seam you just sewed.  

Notice here how the zipper is horrible incorrect... sadly I noticed this AFTER I sewed it on.

Repeat for the other side, lay out flat.  Make sure to unzip the zipper as well, I forgot to take a picture here.  If you don't, you will have a hard time turning your fabric rightside out at the end.

Take the strap, fold it in half, place it on top of one of the outside fabrics, and put the other outside fabric face down over it.

Pin in place..

Pin the pieces together, both of the outside pieces touching and both of the inside pieces together touching.

Sew!  Leave a small opening in the bottom of the inside pieces.

Turn rightside out, sew the hole on the inside shut, and be proud of yourself that you made it!!

Yay, beautiful!

Phew, that was a LONG tutorial, sorry if it's at all confusing, it's the first I've ever made.  I tried to add a lot of pictures to help out.
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