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1  Apron from Jeans Pantleg in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by efran on: April 10, 2008 01:37:24 PM
I I made this apron for my Flirty Apron Swap www.flirtyapronswap.blogspot.com partner, drawing inspiration from vintage dress & apron patterns.
I had fun with the bias tape and really liked making the teardrop pockets. :-)  To make the apron, I simply cut the pant leg down the inside seam, opened the leg flat and cut an apron shape.

The paper doll dress softie I made to match the apron and sent along for my swap partner.  It was lots of fun! Smiley
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2  Quilted Lavender Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by efran on: April 10, 2008 01:29:24 PM

I sewed this purse based off of Vintage Ric-Rac's 1 Hour Bag. http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/01/1-hour-bag-tutorial.html

 I added a lot and tried out new techniques, so it was more like 3 or 4 hours, but I'm in love with how it turned out!

If you can tell, I quilted it on my machine - first time quilting.  I added a button flap with a magnetic snap, used D-rings to attach the handle, put in custom pocket (one being a double welted pocket - also a first!), and a lanyard inside for my key ring!

I had fun learning new things and starting with this basic purse pattern was the perfect way to start a custom bag with my favorite features!

Hope you like!  Thanks!
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3  Shoe Box Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by efran on: March 06, 2008 12:03:58 PM
Hi, crafters!  I'm a dancer - swing, ballroom, latin, etc. and I have special shoes I take with me to lessons and dances.  (they have suede bottoms for good spinning so I don't want to wear them outdoors)  So I wanted a nice bag to carry them with me and thought, "hmm...this box they came in is just the right size and my shoes wouldn't get smushed in the closet in here...I'm going to cover it w/ fabric, add a handle and make it a bag!"

I'm quite happy with it, most work being done with a glue gun.  I added fun stitching to the handle and with the extra thickness from the fabric held the lid on without a closure being needed.  I added a pocket for business cards (people always ask where I take lessons!), a strap inside the lid to hook on a pen and shoe cleaning brush.  Some sewing I did through the cardboard w/ my machine.  You can see where the machine foot wouldn't allow me to go, but it's good enough for me!

Hope you like it and maybe get ideas for yourself!  Thanks.  Smiley
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4  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by efran on: February 14, 2008 09:37:35 AM
Yay!  I loved your idea of using the plastic shopping bag as a pattern.  Here's some pics of my version:

I sewed a patterned panel down the front and instead of bothering with a liner, I hemmed the opening and overstitched the raw seams inside with contrasting thread to look nice.  And double stitched the bottom, although I like the idea of the french seam...I'll do that next time.

Here's a detail of the overstitching inside another bag I made:

Thanks!  Smiley 
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