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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bucket Bag help! on: September 27, 2011 06:26:16 PM
CraftyChef is right that you can use whatever fabric you want as long as you use interfacing with it (you can look at a craft/fabric store for the thickness you want or order it online).
 
Ive never made a bucket bag, but I would start with a circular base, a rectangle, strap piece and drawstring piece (if you want the casing to be a different color).  The circle should have a diameter that is as big as you want the base of your bag+ seam allowance.  Then use the circumference of that circle to make the long side of a rectangle+ seam allowance.  The height of the rectangle should be however tall you want your bag to be+ seam allowance. If you want a separate drawstring casing, make that.  If not, add extra height to your rectangle or use grommets or a buttonhole stitch to make room for your drawstring to weave through the top of the bag. 

I dont often make drawstring bags, so there may be an easier way of doing it, but I would do something like this:

Sew the rectangle to the circle.  Sew the short side of the rectangle.  Repeat for the lining but leave a hole to turn it right side out.  Sew the drawstring casing to the top of your exterior piece (right sides together.  Attach the strap (but be careful not to sew through the drawstring casing).  Put the exterior of the bag (including the strap and drawstring casing) into the lining of the bag.  Sew around the top.  Turn right side out through the hole in the lining.  Sew up the hole and finish with topstitching if desired.     

Hope that helps.  Let me know if you still have questions.
32  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of fabric to use? on: September 12, 2011 11:37:35 AM
I second the home decor fabric suggestion, possibly use the indoor/outdoor type canvas or upholstery fabric.  I just finished cutting a laptop sleeve for myself in an upholstery fabric and it feels like it will hold up well. 
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mini Reusable Zippered "Book" Bag on: September 11, 2011 08:47:31 AM
How clever!  It sure would make is much more fun and easier to use a green friendly shopping bag!

I love the quote...

And, it makes me want to try my hand at using transfer paper!  the image turned out great!

Well done!
The transfer paper was surprisingly easy to use.  The only problem with it was that I got so wrapped up in my project that I didn't read the directions on the transfer paper (or sit and logically think about it) and forgot to mirror the image the first time, so the text came out backwards.  Easy fix, though.
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Reusable Zippered "Book" Bag on: September 07, 2011 10:12:10 AM
As soon as I saw this contest's theme, I knew that I wanted to use Elizabeth Lowell's romance novel Beautiful Dreamer and that I wanted to make a reusable shopping bag (new shopping bag for the start of the new school year).  I love the story's focus on never giving up on a dream, as well as the image and colors on the book's cover.  I created a similar design to the front cover in photoshop, added two of my favorite quotes from the book and printed the image on iron-on transfer paper.  I then used this image to create a book-shaped zippered pouch to hold a folding reusable grocery bag. 

The bag, expanded and full of miscellaneous items


The finished zippered "book" bag next to the actual book


The front and back of the "book"


The quotes are: "In the midst of adversity they search for a beautiful dream big enough to hold them both" and "A dreamer is not a fool."
35  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 65 ENTRIES / Embroidered Memories Pillow on: August 08, 2011 10:17:46 AM
I just got back from a summer abroad trip in Australia.  It was an amazing trip filled with a variety of fun excursions and activities (and some classes).  Instead of buying a bunch of cheap souvenirs, I decided that with the rest of summer vacation, I am going to craft my trip.  This is the first of several projects.  It features the names of some (but not nearly all) of the places that we visited and things we saw while in Australia.  The designs are machine embroidered.  The text is done in Minstrel font (from Planet Embroidery) and I digitized the outline of Australia to go beneath these words.

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb454/sewingbutterfly/Sewing%20Projects/text-pillow-1.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb454/sewingbutterfly/Sewing%20Projects/text-pillow-2.jpg
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: where to buy metal slides for backpack on: June 22, 2011 01:35:47 PM
I get similar metal slides from http://www.strapworks.com.
37  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: putting letters together to make words on: March 04, 2011 11:11:14 AM
I don't have any software tips, but what I did the last time I did a name with downloaded letters was to cut out a square of paper in the size of the letter given.  Then I found the center of each letter (folded the paper in 4ths) and poked through with a pen), then placed them out on the fabric and marked where the center of each letter should go on the fabric and stitched it out one letter at a time.

I'm sure there's a better way to do this, though. 
38  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Chic Chandeliers on: March 04, 2011 11:07:48 AM
Those are really cute.  I love the combination of shapes.
39  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Pillows for St Patty's Day on: March 04, 2011 11:06:16 AM
Those look really good, especially with the green borders around the designs.
40  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Microwave popcorn without the bag! on: March 04, 2011 11:03:44 AM
How would you do butter flavoured? I love the butter microwave popcorn but using the airpopper we have you have to add the melted butter afterwards & it goes all soggy & gross
I eat my popcorn plain more often than not, but I totally agree about the grossness of soggy popcorn.  This may be weird, but when I eat popcorn, I tend to eat it one kernel/piece at a time.  So, what I did to get buttered popcorn without the soggy was to pop the corn, put it in a bowl, then just put a tablespoon or so of butter on the side of the bowl and sort of dip each piece in the (not melted) butter before I ate it. It worked.  And I used far less butter than I would have if I had melted butter to pour over the popcorn.
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