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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork with mod fabric on: March 11, 2013 03:31:52 AM
I made this bag for LeapFeetFirst in the IYP swap.  It has a finished measurement of 17"X12" and is 4 inches wide at the bottom.  I used zippers and handles recovered from discarded thrift store bags. The leather bottom and trim is cut from a leather coat, also purchased at the thrift store.  The top zip closure has a double zipper pull so it can be opened from either end, a feature I really enjoy on any bag I use.

The handles were a new experience for me as the back and the front don't match.  The front handles are attached with tabs.  The back are sew into the body of the purse along a line of patchwork.  The small zip pocket on the back is sized for a cell phone.  I decided not to include a zip pocket on the interior of the bag and just went with pockets along the sides in a fun text print.  The bag is quilted in black, green and blue threads with random circular motions.

Thanks for looking!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Oscar" on: January 20, 2013 10:44:43 AM
I have had this pattern for awhile and finally decided to knit it up for a friend who is expecting her first child.  Oscar was designed by Susan Hicks and the pattern is available on ravelry.

There were a lot of pieces to knit up, but the end result was worth it!


Thanks for looking!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spidey Sweater - completed at last! on: December 13, 2012 06:16:51 AM
This sweater didn't actually take me that long to knit; it was just frustrating!  I discovered I really do not enjoy intarsia knitting, but the results of my ripping and tearing were worth it!  Take a look!


I made this for my bff's 5 year old for Christmas.  He will be the coolest kid in kindergarten!  

The pattern is a free ravelry download and is well worth the hassle for a true spidey fan.  Thanks for looking!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another round of Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap? on: October 02, 2012 10:39:59 AM
I've volunteered to organize another round of the Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap if there is interest.  Signups starting October 6, maybe?  Who's in?

 Previous rounds:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332560.0 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363350.0
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gigantor bag and wallies! on: June 04, 2012 03:28:57 AM
Stashbusting and gift-giving are two of my favorite things so I spent some time in my new craft room doing both!  The first, this giant bag, was stitched for the life-guard at our local early bird swim. 

I used an upholstery weight fabric, a two way zipper and purse handles salvaged from bags purchased at the thrift store and a shower curtain for the inner lining.  I used a combination of old sheets and fusible interfacing for the lining between the bag exterior and the plastic lining. This is, of course, a bag for swimming gear!   She loved it!

This bag got my sewing jones going, so I decided to stitch up a pattern I've had for a couple of years -- The Wallie.  I am not happy with the inner pockets, so I will try again, being a bit more exact.  I really enjoyed the construction of these, though -- it was an approach I hadn't thought of. 


Thanks for looking!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Hamburger mini clutch on: September 15, 2011 06:49:40 PM
I wish I had taken better pictures of this because I modified the pattern a bit after making my first one.  It's a tad larger and I used free motion quilting and thin batting to give the bag some heft.  I also added a magnetic snap to the front flap.  Thanks for looking!

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Hambuger Clutch on: September 08, 2011 04:42:12 AM
I received this pattern from Lindyv321 in the OWS and I made this:


I really enjoyed putting this together, though I will make some changes in how I assemble the bag next time around.  The pattern was clearly either a translation or written by a non-native English speaker so I struggled with directions periodically.  This lack of clarity would make this sewing project a bit difficult for beginners, but if you can install a zipper and you are willing to rip things out and rework them, it's possible!  Thanks for looking!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Another Kindle Cover -- The Scrappy Traveller! on: March 18, 2011 10:15:53 AM
After building my snow dyed Kindle cover from a Franklin planner, I started thinking about how to construct one from scratch.  Here is the result:


I included pockets for an ID, charging cord and AC plug.  My next challenge will be to improve the stitching on the binding. 

I used scraps of batik fabrics, layered freezer paper and vinyl scraps from purses I have been deconstructing to put this together.  Thanks for looking!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Upcycled Franklin Planner to Kindle cover -- using snow dyed fabric!!!! on: March 06, 2011 04:39:25 PM
I claimed a bunch of snow dyed fabric from ptarmic wumpus in the STS and have been using it in bits and pieces -- today's creation:


I took the planner cover apart, cut it down, then used the scrappy string quilt block technique to cover the outside.  I reattached the vinyl spine, covered the insides with more snow dyed fabric, then inserted elastic (hidden by more fabric!) in the corners.  At the last minute, I decided to preserve the card and ID slots which also provide a side pocket for a notebook when traveling.  I finished it with bias tape made from -- you guessed it -- more snow dyed fabric!  This stitching isn't my greatest effort, but the re-construction of this day planner cover to fit my Kindle was an interesting process.  And I LOVE ptarmic's fabric.  

Thanks for looking!

edit:  it was awesome reading in bed last night as I didn't have to hold my Kindle the whole time -- the cover stood up nicely against a pillow and all I had to do was click the pages!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snow-dyed fabric scraps to sophistcated pocket calendar on: February 18, 2011 08:33:14 AM
I found a 2011-2012 calendar at the thrift shop that was pretty beat up, but made a new cover from scraps of snow-dyed fabric I got from ptarmic wumpus in STS.   Check it out:


I love ptarmic's snow-dyed fabrics and will use every scrap of it judiciously!  Cheesy
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