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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Plush/Blankie Question (Pattern Found) on: August 28, 2007 12:33:21 AM
Ok, I am looking to make one of those things that have a plush animal head, and then attached to that is a small bit of satin/fleece for a mini-blankie type thing. Does anyone know what I am talking about?

I'd like to find out more about it, but I can not for the life of me figure out what you would call it (makes it hard to search for!). Can anyone help me out here?

Thanks much!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tiny Happy Shoulder Bag on: July 15, 2007 07:42:30 PM
I came across the tutorial here: http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html and I had to try it. I cut the pattern out of newspaper. My finished bag is below.

I LOVE this fabric I found in clearance at Joann (Addie used the green version in a bag here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182633.0) Oh, and I added a thin layer of fleece - it is so soft now!

Things I want to do differently next time:
  • Thinner straps - I couldn't tell if the pattern said 3.5 or 3-5. I did 4 inches, thinking it would be folded in half (not looking ahead >.>) and these straps are huge. 2.5 or 3 inches next time, I think.
  • Better closure - I just sewed some magnets between the lining and the fabric, and it isn't working out. The bag is just too floppy; it needs a sturdier closure.
  • Pocket closure - some velcro on those pockets would be nice - they are pretty big to have no closure.

Also, I don't really dig the seam down the center, but that is unavoidable with that pattern. I actually don't notice it; you just need to be careful with the fabric you choose, I suppose.

I never noticed until I turned it around for this picture, but this bag looks pretty good inside out, doesn't it? I guess it is reversible! Well, maybe with some pocket alterations.

Phew, I am done posting pictures of all the projects I have put off until now. Tongue
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Corduroy Purse From Pants on: July 15, 2007 07:26:55 PM
I've always wanted one of these purses made from a pair of pants, and I finally gave it a try with this (http://thelongestyear.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/11/here_it_is_a_fi.html) tutorial. It was so easy, and only took me about 1/2 hour, and I am SLOW. I left it unlined, and my sister claimed it before I could add a belt or any other decor, but I like it anyway. Smiley (Sorry for the bad pictures)

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