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31  Category Challenges / Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries / Time to Vote: All About Nails on: October 23, 2013 05:23:10 PM
It's time to vote in the B&B Challenge: All About Nails!

Main Challenge Thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427254.0#axzz2iarzaCGV

Thanks to Craftster user Tenlover for sponsoring this challenge with prizes from her etsy store, HardcoreCosmetics!
32  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Mini Art Quilt Swap 7 Gallery! on: October 18, 2013 06:33:25 PM
Our Gallery! Please post pics here.
Main thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427176.0#axzz2driNpWAe

Sent
Received
Sending Late with Communication
Feedback Left


MareMare --> waggonswest
waggonswest --> Maremare

donniesgirl --> Abbeeroad
Abbeeroad --> donniesgirl

playswithneedles --> sloth003
sloth003 --> playswithneedles

Jen Sews --> Crying Goddess
Crying Goddess --> Jen Sews

Jen Sews --> Stickerchic87
StickerChic87 --> Jen Sews


33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A little bit of everything Holiday Swap on: October 02, 2013 01:18:49 PM
Hey all, I've been thinking of what kind of holiday swap I want to do and thought I would propose something like this:

1 medium item
1 ornament
1 mini stocking with 2 stocking stuffers
and 1 item to re-gift (could be something specific, or something general to have on hand for extra gift giving that we seem to forget, an extra teacher, mail carrier, hair stylist, hostess gift)

Any interest?

I think a proposed sendout date would be about December 10th? Maybe later, but for international swapping it's hard to judge.
34  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / B&B Challenge 4: All About Nails on: September 08, 2013 09:37:18 PM
Announcing a new B&B Challenge: All About Nails!

Enter Monday, October 14th through Monday, October 21st.

This challenge is being sponsored by Craftster user Tenlover with prizes from her etsy store, HardcoreCosmetics



For full details, go here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427254.0#axzz2eMnzNrq9
35  Category Challenges / Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries / B&B Challenge 4: All About Nails on: September 06, 2013 05:06:37 PM
Announcing a new B&B Challenge: All About Nails!

This challenge can be anything that has to do with nails:
a tutorial on a manicure, your favorite nail polish design, painting a landscape on fake nails, creating your own nail polish...whatever you can dream up!

For inspiration for this challenge, see the Nail Art tag on Craftster and check out our Awesome Manicure Thread.

Rules:
1. Enter your project (one project per user) in this category as a new thread starting Monday, October 14th through Monday, October 21st.
2. Title your project "B&B Challenge 4: your title here."
3. There are no strict themes for this challenge, but your project must have to do with nails.
4. Include some progress pics if you can!
5. We always love to see tutorials!
6. This should be a new project that you've never posted before.
7. Voting will open Tuesday, October 21st and run through Tuesday, October 29th.


Now for the good part! Prizes!

This challenge is being sponsored by Craftster user Tenlover with prizes from her etsy store, HardcoreCosmetics

The U.S. winner of this challenge will receive 3 full sized polishes from HardcoreCosmetics, including custom orders!  Here are a few pictures of some of the polishes available.









Unfortunately, due to shipping hazardous material laws, only the U.S. winner of this challenge will win from HardcoreCosmetics. If someone outside the U.S. comes in first place, I will provide a prize for them, and this prize will still go to the U.S. entry with the most votes.

36  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mini Art Quilt Swap 7 (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts Oct 21) on: September 03, 2013 01:47:00 PM
Swap name: Mini Art Quilt Swap 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Co-Organizer: None
Sign-up date range: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 - Thursday, September 12th, 2013 6 pm Pacific
Date to send item by: Monday, October 21st, 2013

Gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428372.0#axzz2i7y1Gmml

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Age requirement? 18

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap is to make a mini quilt for your partner! We are only going to swap the mini quilt itself, no extras required, so we can focus on making the quilt. If partners agree you may send a couple of tiny extras, but they are not required and you must check with your partner to see if it is ok.  The size of the quilt should be between 1 and 2 feet square (12 to 24 inches), with any size, shape, and dimensions that fits within those parameters. So 12 x 18 inches is ok, and so is a 15 inch circle, but any one side shouldnt be smaller than 12 inches or longer than 24 inches.*

*New this round* If your partner expresses interest in a mini quilt in the form of a sign/banner or a table runner, and you would like to craft that for them, you may disregard the above dimensions to make a more rectangular, longer piece.

Use whatever methods you want to make a lovely art quilt for your partner! Piecing, embroidery, applique, hand dying fabric, adding beads or charms, etc.

Everyone should know that they need to keep in contact both with the organizer, co-organizer, and their partner. Im not going to implement anything as rigid as weekly check-ins, but please try to post to the thread at least every couple of weeks and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we pm you!  

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.  

*I will leave accurate feedback regarding sending on time, meeting swap requirements, and having good communication with organizer and partner. My definition of good communication is sending pm's to both organizer, co-organizer, and partner when BOTH sending AND receiving, answering pm's from organizer, co-organizer, and partner in a timely manner (within 1 day), and letting organizer and partner know if you will be out of town, if you will be late, or if you know you will be unable to communicate for a set amount of time.

*Organizer reserves the right to refuse entry to the swap based on poor performance in previous swaps with this organizer or poor feedback in swapper's profile.


If you want to participate, information to send to MareMare :

You must answer all questions! And please list 5 themes where 5 themes are asked for, not less. More is ok though.  Wink Thanks!


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Mini Art Quilt Swap 7
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and Mailing address including the country, formatted for shipping:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 18 years old (yes/no)

Do you live in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, do you understand that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, do you understand that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Please state that you understand that communication is very important in this swap, and you need to stay in touch with the organizer and your partner("poor communication" feedback will be given accordingly).

Have you posted in the swap thread yet? You must answer yes to this question, if you haven't done so yet, do it right now. I'll wait. Ok, now you can answer yes.

Would you describe your quilting skills as beginner, intermediate, or advanced?

Would you like a traditionally sized mini quilts or are you jonesing for a banner or table runner?

What are your favorite colors:

What are some of the colors in the room of the house you might display this in:

What colors do you dislike:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you like:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you dislike:

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really like (ie, you  have really strong feelings towards paisley fabric or star type pattern quilts)?

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really dislike?

Please list at least 5 themes/ideas to help your partner know the kinds of things you might like (they can be more specific, ie dolphins, or less specific, ie the ocean) More than 5 is allowed, but 5 is the minimum:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Do you have a Pinterest that shows quilts/mini quilts/fabric that you like? If so please list if you would like to show your partner:

Do you have any allergies severe enough to prevent you from being partnered with someone? (ie, if you are only a tiny bit allergic to cats like me, dont put it down, but if someone sending something from a house with a cat will make you sick, please list it)

Do you have allergens like pets (list specific animal please) or smoking in your house?

Have you done previous rounds of this swap before? If you have please list your partner(s) Please DO NOT skip this step if you have participated before, your sign-up will not be approved until we have this info:

Anything else you would like your partner to know?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


Links to Previous Swaps:

Mini Art Quilt Swap
Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 2
Mini Art Quilt Swap 2 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 3
Mini Art Quilt Swap 3 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 4
Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 5
Mini Art Quilt Swap 5 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 6
Mini Art Quilt Swap 6 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 7
Mini Art Quilt Swap 7 Gallery



Gallery:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428372.0#axzz2i7y1Gmml




Mini quilt by wdicwg for abbeeroad in Round 6
37  Category Challenges / Quilting: Challenge Entries / Quilt Your Happiness Challenge (Entries due Mon, Oct 14th) on: September 01, 2013 04:47:39 PM
Time to Quilt your Happiness!

What makes you happy about quilting? Trying a new technique? Working with fabric from your favorite designer? Maybe a particular pattern or technique you love?


Rules:
1. Enter your project (one project per user) in this category as a new thread starting Monday, October 14th through Monday, October 21st.
2. Title your project "Quilting My Happiness: (your title here)."
3. There are no size parameters for this challenge, but your project must be quilted.
4. Include some progress pics if you can!
5. Explain what about creating this project makes you happy.
6. This should be a new project that you've never posted before.
7. Voting will open Tuesday, October 21st and run through Tuesday, October 29th.

Prize:

A brand new copy of the recently released book Quilting Happiness, by Diane Gilleland and Christina Lane. This book is so much fun! I attended the book launch party and came away full of ideas and inspiration!



From Amazon:

Is it the finished quilt itself, or the experiences you had while making it? Do you find more joy in designing a beautiful pattern or in improvising as you go? Are you happiest when making quilts for yourself or for others? Whether it is delighting in the colors and textures of your materials to the sweet satisfaction of curling up under a handmade quilt, quilting holds infinite possibilities for exploring the many joys of creativity.

In Quilting Happiness, you will find 20 timeless, adaptable quilting projects that will invite you to try a variety of design styles, as well as a wealth of tips and techniques, inspiring stories, and creative exercises to help you discover even more reasons to love quilting. Learn to make an inspiration board, create more meaningful quilts, or find lifelong quilting friends. Use this book again and again as a guide throughout your quilting life to spark your imagination on each rereading. Embrace new ideas on your quilting adventures and enjoy wherever they take you.
38  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted French Memo Board Tutorial on: August 31, 2013 12:00:29 AM
I was putting up all my art up today in my sewing room and came across a few mementos I decided I wanted to hang up. A french memo board seemed the best way to display them, but I only have one and it's in use in another room. I thought briefly about buying one, then said "screw it" and decided to whip one up.



Materials Needed:

--Fabric panel or pieced fabric
--Piece of mid to heavy weight, iron-on interfacing, 1/2 inch smaller than your fabric panel
--Piece of low loft batting 2 inches bigger than fabric panel
--Piece of backing fabric the same size as the batting (it can be crappy fabric, it's not going to be seen)
--Spray Baste (if you don't use this, you're gonna have a bad time, and it's gonna suck, and then I'm gonna do my "I told you so" dance)
--Approximately 3 yards of ribbon, bias tape, whatever you want to create the french memo part. Wink 3 yards was exactly perfect for my 19 inch square project, if your panel is bigger you'll need more ribbon
--Contrasting strips of material for binding, 2 1/2 inches wide and enough to equal the perimeter of your fabric panel plus about 12 inches.

1.) Trim your panel to a square size. Mine is 19 inches. Take the slightly smaller iron-on interfacing (mine is 18 1/2 inches square) and iron carefully to the wrong size of your fabric panel. I'm using an awesome Laura Gunn panel. I have one more too!



2.) Place your backing fabric, which is 21 inches square in my project (slightly bigger than the panel fabric) right side down on your surface. (you may want to cover surface with newspaper first, since spray baste can be messy). Place the 21 inch square piece of low loft batting on top of the backing fabric and line up carefully. Pull the top half of the batting backwards and fold it halfway, exposing half of the backing fabric. Spray the backing fabric carefully and lightly with Basting Spray. Fold the batting back into place, smoothing out from the middle to the sides. Rotate and baste the second half of the backing fabric.





3.) Place your panel fabric, right side facing down, in front of you. Place the batting/backing on top of it, centering carefully (remember we have a couple extra inches now). Fold back halfway as before and spray baste, smooth carefully, then rotate and complete second half in same way.




 
Congratulations, you've basted the quilt sandwich! Now we're going to quilt in a wavy, crisscrossing lines pattern. It's easy and you don't need to use a special foot or drop the feed dogs or anything.

4.) Beginning in the middle top of your fabric panel, begin stitching while using one hand on each side of the quilt sandwich to "drive" the fabric back and forth. As you wiggle and turn the fabric, you'll quilt a wavy line down the middle. When you get to the end, cut your threads and start back at the top, about an inch to the right. Continue quilting, moving to the right until you get to the end. Turn your quilt around so the bottom is now the top, and begin quilting your wavy lines again, moving each line an inch to the right and frequently cutting your threads so they don't make a big mess.

(oops I seem to be missing this picture. The next picture is slightly in progress, the middle is criss crossed but the sides are still just parallel wavy lines)

5.) You can stop there, or you can now make another set of lines, crisscrossing the ones you already made. This time, start just to the left or right of a line (about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch) and make even bigger wiggles and turns so with each wiggle you're crossing back and forth over two of the lines you just created. Keep moving right, crossing over two lines. Sometimes I cross over three lines, or go back and do an extra line if it looks like it needs to be filled in a little more. Play with it and have fun! When you get to the edge, flip it around and work on the other half.





6.) Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim off the excess backing and batting.

7.) Take the ribbon or bias tape and spread a piece out, diagonally corner to corner. I'm using some vintage polka dot bias tape. Trim so it overhangs the corner just a little bit. Pin in place. Do the same with the other corner. At each corner, stitch down and back stitch. Also stich in the center over the top of where the ribbon overlaps itself.



After stitching the corners, trim the excess ribbon carefully, so it won't be a problem later when we bind the memo board.



8.) Now fold the quilt in half and mark the mid points at top and bottom with a disappearing marking pen. Fold the opposite way and do the same thing. The mid point of each side should now be marked.

Take your ribbon and lay it from the top midpoint to the right midpoint. Pin in place. Continue around the memo board, putting a total of 4 pieces of ribbon on and pinning carefully, especially where it overlaps the diagonal ribbon we already stitched on. Make sure that the ribbon sticks out over the edge a tiny bit.



Stitch these pieces of ribbon down at the edges and every place they overlap the diagonal ribbons.



9.) Bind your memo board in whichever way you like best, or use my machine binding tutorial

10.) If you like, sew buttons or something else decorative over the intersecting ribbon to cover up your stitching. I was going to but I got too excited and hung it up.



11.) Hang your memo board using pushpins and add your pictures or mementos!

39  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Completely Machine Stitched Binding Tutorial (pic heavy) on: August 30, 2013 10:45:32 PM
It's ok to machine bind. Or any other "rule breaking" quilting technique you want to do. It's ok. I used to be a bit ashamed that I don't hand bind, but I'm letting go of that. Smiley



My crafting philosophy is about how to get the most done with the least time/effort. I like short cuts. I'm ok with that. If I were to hand bind my quilts like you are "supposed to" I would have precisely 0 quilts completed, rather than dozens. I have come a long, long way in machine binding and have finally developed this method after tons of practice and experimenting.

This tutorial is going to assume nothing about your quilting skills, please excuse any simplicity in the interest of full clarity. And, actually, if you want to hand bind, just follow the tutorial up until the last step (and also attach your binding to the front, rather than the back).

Materials needed:

Quilt sandwich
2 1/2 inch strips of fabric to equal the perimeter of your quilt sandwich plus about 12 inches (more for seaming)
1/4 inch foot for your machine (not a total necessity, but it's nice!)
steaming iron

To start with we'll do a little math and cut our binding strips. My quilt sandwich for this project was 19 inches square. 19 x 4 =76
76 + 12 =88
WOF (width of fabric) is about 42-44, let's say error on the lower side and then say 41 after cutting the selvedge off. So, to hit 88 inches we'll need 2 strips of fabric. I went nuts and decided to do 2 1/2.

1.) Cut your fabric strips 2 1/2 inches wide. I fold my fabrics selvedge to selvedge, and then once again and slice off the end through 4 layers. You need to be careful doing this so it's not crooked, but it's another one of my shortcuts/something I don't do "exactly right."  Wink



2.) Once you have your strips, piece them together on a diagonal. A diagonal seam will help the bulk be spread out in the final binding, rather than all on top of each other making a thick spot that looks weird and is tough to sew over.

Lay 2 strips right side together perpendicularly to each other, and pin on both sides as in the picture. With a pencil and ruler, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.



Using a standard foot, stitch along the line and cut off the excess fabric, leaving a 1/4 seam allowance or so.



Press the joining seams open.



3.) Press your binding. Fold in half, wrong sides together, and press, using some steam if you like (I like).

Yay, pretty binding!



4.) Now we'll attach it to the backside of your quilt sandwich. That's right, the back. Usually when binding you start on the front. Start by changing to your 1/4 inch foot, if using one.

Pin your binding to the back of the quilt sandwich. With one pin, it's the only pin we're going to use. Pick the middle or right side of any one side of your quilt sandwich and pin the binding. Leave about 6-8 inches of binding dangling, we'll use that later. The raw edge of your binding should align with the raw edge of your quilt sandwich.



5.) Begin to stitch, using a 1/4 inch seam. I use my 1/4 inch foot for this, again, because it's easy and consistent. Back stitch whenever you start and stop in the following directions. Stitch until you are 1/4 inch from the first corner.



Back stitch and pull the work out. You may cut the thread or let it dangle, whichever you prefer.

Now we are going to fold to create the mitered corners. Fold the binding to your right, creating a diagonal crease. Sadly my fingers are kind of in the way so you can't see the fold very well, but you can see the angle that I folded the binding.



Now, holding that first diagonal fold in place, fold the binding straight down, so it is now parallel with the next side we will be sewing.



Rotate your work as we are now sewing a new side and carefully ease the folded binding back into your machine. Starting at the very edge (not 1/4 inch in like when we stopped sewing), begin sewing and go ahead and back stitch.



6.) Continue stitching all sides and work each corner as described above. When you round the fourth corner*, stitch a couple of inches on the new side (the side you started on), back stitch, and remove from the machine. Now we are going to connect the binding beginning to the end.

*This is a small quilt, if you're working on a big one then maybe you want to stitch halfway down the side or more, usually having 1-2 feet of working space is ideal. More than that and your binding might be too loose, less than that and it's a nightmare to sew together.

7.) Usually we're told to overlap the ends of the binding as much as their original width. I've found that that makes my binding a little bit too loose, so I subtract 1/4 inch from that. Since we started with 2 1/2 inch wide binding, we want to overlap 2 1/4 inches. Lay a ruler on top of the dangling binding from the beginning (remember how we left a piece unstitched before our first and only pin?) and the piece you rounded the corner with. Overlap them 2 1/4 inches and cut off any tails. If you center this as well as you can it will be easier for the next step.



8.) Attach the ends of the binding together. (You might need to switch back to your regular foot for this step, I always do). To do this, you want to open up the binding and put the two pieces right sides together in the same perpendicular manner as we did earlier. The more room you have to do this, the easier, so if you have several inches of not stitched down binding on each side, all the better (this is why we left the binding dangling at the beginning and stopped stitching soon after we came around that final corner).



Pin, draw your diagonal line, and stitch as before. Before cutting your seam allowance however, be sure to fold the binding back together, just to make sure you've stitched correctly. I can't tell you how many times I stitched on the wrong diagonal or had the binding twisted. As long as you haven't cut off the excess seam allowance yet, it's not too hard to rip out your stitches and start again.





Ok, once you know you're good you can trim and iron the seam allowance, and then iron the seam in your binding fold again since it's probably a little messed up.

9.) Finish sewing the last side of your binding. Back Stitch. Yay, your binding is now attached and you have done a continuous binding! Go ahead and switch back to your regular foot, we're done with the 1/4 inch foot now.

10.) This step insures a crisp fold and an even amount of binding showing on the front side. Take the folded side of the binding and fold it again, a parallel fold, so that the original fold lines up on top of the raw edges. We're going to iron this on all four sides. Don't get too close to the corners, leave them alone for now.


 
11.) Go ahead and flip your quilt over to the right side. We're going to machine sew the binding to the front now, using the regular foot for your machine. I would advise changing to a color of thread that closely matches the color of your binding if you want it to blend in. I usually do so, but didn't this time. Starting in the middle of one side, fold the binding over to the right side of the quilt. The fold we just created with the iron will line up with the edge of the quilt and fit snugly.

12.) We're going to begin stitching slowly and very, very closely to the edge of the binding fold. If your machine has a speed regulator, I recommend slowing it down. Begin stitching 2 needle widths or so from the edge of the fold of the binding (maybe a millimeter? If you're very far away from the edge it will stick up and not look good). Only take 1 or 2 backstitches as you begin. Like I said, pins aren't needed. Just fold a few inches over at a time, going slowly, and stitch them down. The folded binding will easily cover the 1/4 inch stitch line we used attaching the binding.



13.) When you get a few inches away from the corner, fold and smooth the next side down a few inches from the corner (the binding that is currently horizontal to your machine). Use your finger to fold all the way to the corner. When you get to the corner, fold your current side (the side your are currently stitching) down. Hold the corner in place as you stitch to the corner. (the next 4 pictures probably show this better than words)









Stop with your needle down in the corner, raise your presser foot, and pivot the work beneath you. Sew the new sides, slowly and carefully until you get to the next corner and proceed as above. When you get back to your starting place, backstitch just two or three times. Carefully cut your thread ends. Do a little binding dance, because you're done, baby!



40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pacific Northwest Tote Bag--Friendship and Swaps on: August 08, 2013 05:18:28 PM
To me, Craftster means friends and swaps. Those two things come full circle in this tote bag. I met my friend klum78 over 5 years ago on Craftster through a private swap, and now we are good friends and this year we are both officers for our local quilt guild! We're currently organizing a giant Pacific Northwest meetup for various quilt guilds, and part of the meetup includes a fun tote bag swap that klum78 has worked very hard on. We had the lovely chambray fabric donated by Robert Kaufman.





I decided to make my basic tote bag (lined, 2 handles that are long enough so the bag can tuck under your arm, magnetic snap, boxed corners, double sided handles for a peek of fun). For a little extra contrast, I pieced in a few sections of fabric I am liking right now. I also did a bit of hand quilting. For a last little touch, klum78 helped me insert an inside zippered pocket, my first one!





After making the bag, I realized it can be a kind of symbol of weather here in the Northwest. The dark  chambray would be our typical cloud cover, the umbrellas for our rain (although locals don't really use umbrellas, we just duck our heads and walk fast), and the yellow birds and pink chevron for the eventual sunshine and bright days that always come back!



The bag pieces were approximately 16 inches tall x 14 inches wide before seams, boxing corners, etc. Next time I would probably make it a smidge wider and shorter, maybe reversing those measurements. I used medium/heavy weight iron on interfacing on the lining, and low loft batting on the bag shell. I used only one layer of interfacing in the handles, 2 would have been better. I also interfaced the inside pocket, but that probably wasn't needed, it's a bit stiff now.


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