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« on: October 01, 2008 06:47:29 AM »

It's Freshers' Week at my university college next week, and there's a fancy dress bar night. The theme this year is... "Film and Movie". So, really, this was an opportunity for me to dress as a character I've always wanted to be - SUPER MARIO! ...Nevermind that the film was a flop, that I'm a girl, with purple hair and quite a few piercings... Who cares? I'm wearing a pair of my dad's bib and braces from when eh joined the Fire Brigade (so they're about 33 years old!), and they're got pockets, but how could I pass up the opportunity to make a geeky handbag?

So here it is... the Super Mario '?' Block!

I used brown corduroy left over from a messenger bag I made for the bag body, and yellow cotton for the lining. I basically cut out six squares, interfaced them, then joined them in pairs before sewing them together. Then, once I knew where to put the zip (halfway across the top face of the cube), I cut off part of the top face, attached the zip, then cut out another piece for the other side and attached that to the rest of the bag.
I didn't attach a proper handle because I wanted to be ale to stuff the cube and have it in my room (or play with it. Which will no doubt happen!), so I sewed a loop of grosgrain ribbon and used a slipknot to attach that to the zipper pull.  The bag's about 5" on each side, but the opening's really small - I have fairly large hands, and I can't pull my hand out easily if I put it all the way in! The corners lose shape quite wasily because my interfacing wasn't very thick, but if I'm stuffing it, I'm not that worried.

Here goes! I apologise for some of the lens flare and the blurry closeups!

The whole bag:

Top view:

Closeup of the zip (this caused me bother. I have got an invisible zipper foot, but ti woudn't feed, for some reason. Any ideas would be much appreciated - it's a Brother machine):

You can just see the spotty yellow lining material inside.

And finally... a closeup of the '?'

The question mark is yellow craft foam, Copydexed to the bag and then secured with zigzag stitching all the way round.

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2008 07:04:52 AM »

Oh man, that is cool! 

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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008 07:25:45 AM »

LOVE! Mario rocks my socks.

Hmm....mario socks........??

Anyway....that's so cool. It needs a little mushroom dude to hang out in it. Or perhaps a star.....

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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008 09:01:52 AM »

Oh my freaking gosh!!!  Thas is the coolest (emphasize on 'coolest'.) bag ever!  Oh, my!  I think, the only thing that would make it better would be to make a little polymere clay charm of a star to hook to the zipper pull. Grin

One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume.......
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008 04:57:44 PM »

Ohmegee, one of the best things I've seen all day! Cheesy
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2008 10:05:01 AM »

It needs a little mushroom dude to hang out in it. Or perhaps a star.....

I've just made two stuffed stars (for geeky photograph opportunities!) and I'm in the middle of making a coin purse shaped like... a giany gold coin Cheesy
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