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Topic: The Magic "Mama Will Fix It!" Bag! (Word and pic OBESE)  (Read 10315 times)
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« on: October 03, 2010 04:13:37 PM »



Gather 'round, friends, and let me tell you the story of a magic bag....

Once, there was a girl who set out to make an amigurumi octopus lady. She gathered her yarn and hooks and set to work.



It was soon apparent that things.... well, things weren't going so well for the girl.



The yarn had become tangled together into one big knot, her stitches were frayed and uneven, her hook had snapped--except for spontaneous yarn combustion, everything that could go wrong DID go wrong. The girl was determined, but after several hours of untangling, crocheting, and starting over again and again, the mess just got worse. It looked as though her amigurumi octopus lady would never come to be.

Then it hit her:



Yes, you're never alone with the Magic "Mama Will Fix It" bag! With the fires of determination in her eyes, Mama takes your failed project--



--and in a matter of a few frenzied minutes, she works her magic. As Mama's face softened into an expression of pleased serenity, the girl looked into the bag. What's this?



It's the octopus lady!



Thanks, Mama!




Okay, now that our little play is over.... <3

This is my entry for the contest, the "Mama Will Fix It" project bag. I'm constantly transporting WIPs back and forth from home to my mom's house, and when this challenge was announced, it seemed like a good opportunity to make myself a cute (and big!) bag to carry my stuff.

The first thing I had to do was make the pattern. I found the images I wanted to use and took their resolution down to a workable size--54 by 74 pixels for the front and back panels. Then I had to reduce the number of colors to a workable number--16--lemme tell ya, this bag was a great stashbuster!

It was only after all this that I actually learned to do tunisian crochet. I picked it up pretty quick thanks to Youtube! Each stitch was one pixel of the pattern.

(This was my very first time doing tunisian crochet, and when I started I didn't have the right kind of hook and no money, so I carved a hook out of a dowel rod, which I used for the entirety of the "fire eyes" panel--you've got no idea how proud of myself I was Smiley )

Anyway. The front and back panels took about four days of work each, due to the amount of color changes in the piece. (I wish I had gotten a pic of the back of the panel--it was a mess! It took around four hours EACH PANEL to weave in all the ends!)


The front panel, featuring FIERY DETERMINATION Mama. My favorite of Mamas Smiley


The back panel depicting "pleased" Mama. (The Mama doll was my project after finishing the bag. I had worked so long and so hard on the bag that when I finished it, I had this weird separation anxiety. I funneled that anxiety into making a Mama doll. Smiley)


The sides, which say "Don't worry" on one side and "Mama will fix it" on the other, were mercifully very quick to crochet up.






The strap is two long skinny rectangles of single crochet that I crocheted together. I lined the bag with a pink and cream polka dotted upholstery fabric.




All in all, the bag took nearly two and a half weeks of working every day to complete. It was entirely worth it!

Just remember... You're never alone with the Magic "Mama Will Fix It" bag Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2010 04:30:05 PM »

This Rocks!! \m/
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2010 04:36:46 PM »

Yeah, this is pretty awesome.  I thought I liked the fire eyed Mama but pleased mama is uber cute.  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2010 04:59:09 PM »

This rocks! It's super cute and looks fantastic!
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010 06:06:13 PM »

I love this bag and the story was great too! Rocks also
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010 06:17:23 PM »

this is sweeet!
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010 06:42:22 PM »

this is amazing.  I've only dabbled in yarn crafts, so I'm really impressed with how quickly you pulled this off (even with all the dreadful ends).  you deserve an awesome bag.
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2010 08:55:20 PM »

Oh. My. Gods...  Shocked
Epic work! Good job
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010 08:59:07 PM »

Wow! You carved your own crochet hook to make this?! Shocked Now that's dedication! Mama would be very pleased. Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2010 08:59:22 PM »

This is really cool!  your stitches are so perfect!
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2010 10:23:48 PM »

That is so great!
Beautiful work!
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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2010 01:40:30 AM »

This is... beautiful... ;---;

So beautiful that I am going to cry. And then make one of my own. I love this bag so freaking much. xD <3333
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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2010 03:42:04 AM »

Wow!  It's amazing!   I'm in awe of your skills!  Shocked
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2010 04:02:06 AM »

I love this it looks amazing, I love your story too <3
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2010 08:06:27 AM »

This bag makes me want desperately to play one of the Mama games (I've never played any of them).  Awesome job.  And I don't even want to think about weaving in all those ends.
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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2010 09:03:14 AM »

That is really wonderful. Great idea, beautiful execution, super cute presentation!
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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2010 09:18:54 AM »

This is wonderful!  I love the story and all the great pics.  Beautiful!!
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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2010 09:47:43 AM »

SO much love for this bag!  It's inspiring!  With a Mama bag, no crafter need ever fear!  =D
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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2010 10:15:01 AM »

This is spectacular!  Not only am I crazy impressed that you learned a new craft AND made your own tools for it, but that you made such a stupendous first project with it!  Way to go!
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« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2010 11:11:23 AM »

love it!
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This is amazing!!! Great job!
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« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2010 02:39:04 PM »

amazing ,came out awesome!!!!! you should be very proud of yourself! ^_^
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« Reply #22 on: October 04, 2010 03:07:24 PM »

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments <3 This is such a lovely community of people! Smiley

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« Reply #23 on: October 04, 2010 06:46:08 PM »

You are my craft hero. <3 <3 <3
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Looking at this project makes me so happy. Smiley!
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« Reply #25 on: October 04, 2010 11:30:57 PM »

OMG!  This bag so rocks!!!  i am so wisting it!!!  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2010 06:02:09 AM »


Amazing! I love the different halves of mama!
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« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2010 01:31:31 PM »

I absolutely covet this bag, excellent work and I am amazed at how much time this had to have taken
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« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2010 06:45:22 PM »

All I can say is that you're amazing! The bag (not to mention the play) is awesome and all the work you put into it . . . making your own hook, learning a new form of crochet. So awesome.
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« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2010 08:52:33 PM »

This is so friggin' epic! I love it, great job!
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« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2010 06:57:01 AM »

Awesome!!  I have been thinking about learning this style of crochet and you have given me an extra push!!
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« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2010 01:10:41 PM »

Incredible job! This is such a great project bag - I have so many failed WIPs that I'd like to put in for Mama to fix Smiley.

By the way, I also love your octopus lady amigurumi! Awesome.
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« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2010 09:04:47 AM »

Thanks for sharing with us! Your story was fun and now I know about tunisian crochet. Very excited about trying that out. Love that you made your own hook. Your diy and dedication are inspiring Smiley yay for you tube!
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wow, first time Tunisian crochet & you carved your own hook?  Thats hardcore!!
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« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2010 08:08:45 AM »

super cute and handy, I love that it is double sided!
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« Reply #36 on: October 14, 2010 07:03:23 AM »

That is a fantastic bag.  Great job.
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Love it~!
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I can't tell you how much I love this bag. >.> You're awesome.
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