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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / New threads since last visit? on: May 06, 2005 09:46:52 AM
Is there a feature on Craftster that just pulls up new *threads* since last visit, rather than new posts? I get frustrated by constantly seeing the same frequently-commented-upon threads over and over on the first few pages of a board, when what I'd really like to see is completely new threads. I've been poking about but can't find a way to just see new threads. Am I missing something simple?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dishtowel backpack on: March 30, 2005 01:14:46 PM
I made this about a month ago, and was just persuaded today that it's worth posting here. The bag is made from a coordinated set of 5 Egyptian cotten dishtowels that I bought at Marshall's, and which were much, much too pretty to wipe up spaghetti sauce with. It took me a few days to decide what to do with them--I'm a major bag junkie, though, so I suppose it was inevitable that they'd end up as a bag of some kind!

Here's the front, with the most striking of the towels:


The inside, with three of the towels as front and back lining and pockets:


The back, including straps:


I didn't want to cut any of the towels, although that made it too long, so I did, in the end, sacrifice about 4" of the length, from which I intend to make a pouch. The plaid pocket is a double, with both an open pocket with a velcro tab and a zippered pocket.

The materials were the  set of 5 coordinated dishtowels, and a zipper, webbing for straps, cording, and cord lock (all of which I had on hand). I didn't use a pattern; I busked it all the way. Stitched it all by hand, too--I actually like hand sewing, so I'm weird, deal.

I was surprised by how sturdy and comfortable this bag turned out to be. I took it to the library one afternoon, fit six hardback books in it with no trouble or tearing, and no backstrain!
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