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21  Organic Coffee Dyed Shopping Bag- WAY image heavy! ***link to tutorial*** in CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES by craftyhandbags on: August 01, 2007 12:43:47 PM
I had SO much fun with this one.  I went with the whole ocean theme, because plastic shopping bags are a huge danger to sea life.  And I just had to do something different, so I made my own organic (and fair traded) coffee dye.  I wanted to do a design, though, so I had to do a little experimenting.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

I used 100% unbleached cotton muslin.  I couldn't find organic, though.   Sad Following queenofdiy's tutorial, I made a pattern on Christmas wrapping paper.  That was what I had available, okay!

I started by dip dyeing the lining, using the coffee that was boiling.  Then I hung it up to dry.

Then, I made the coffee dye/paint.  It's kind of involved, so I won't get into all the steps here.  Please ignore the cruddy pot and spatula, it's my craft pot and spatula.

Then, I painted the images on.  The whale went on the front.

The shell was for the pocket.

There's a whole process for setting the dye, but once again, it's involoved.  I also won't bore you with more pictures of the assembling process, because queenofdiy has plenty of pictures of that on her tutorial.

Here's a closeup of the lining after I assembled the bag.  You can also see the pocket design.

Here's the whale design on the front.

The finished project!

And finally the action shot!  My lovely monkey was helping.  It's either let him model or let him take the pictures, and I love my camera too much for that!

Once again, I'm so happy!  This was my first contest, and I'm in love with the bag.  The ladies at JoAnn's were laughing when I brought it in and told them if it didn't fit in the bag, I couldn't bring it home!  Good thing it holds a lot!

*** I've moved the tutorial here with pics!!!
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22  All the ladybugs danced, at the ladybug picnic. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftyhandbags on: July 28, 2007 08:09:46 PM
I thought of the Sesame Street counting cartoon while I was making this bag.

Here's a closeup of the button.  I can't do zippers, but I love me some cute buttons!

I think the front of the wallet needs something.  What do you think?

Here's the inside of the wallet.

Here's a shot of the inside.

I was thinking of doing the straps in solid red and starting them at the top of the red band.  I'm really not sure about the wallet.  Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks for looking!
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23  Mommy, where's my shirt? in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by craftyhandbags on: July 27, 2007 06:22:01 AM
I hope this is where this project goes.  It's not really a toy, but it's not really clothes either. 
My children love Noggin.  They especially love Jack's big music show.  On groundhog day, they had a video from Steve Burns, that my two littlest ones adore.  We watch it every day on Noggin's website.  My three year old has been asking for ears, and I can't say no to a crafty challenge.  I included a shot from the video, so you could see my inspiration.

When I asked her to put them on so I could take a picture, she said no because she needed a groundhog shirt to wear with it!
Oh, and I can't take credit for the dress, that was a present from a crafty relative.
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24  My bunchy Romper in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by craftyhandbags on: July 25, 2007 12:57:59 PM
I got inspired by all the rompers, and I had to try it.  A friend of mine gave me a bunch of hand-me-downs that included some shirts that were large enough- yea, free clothes! 
My son is still in diapers, so I needed snaps on the bottom for easy access.  Still, the total cost of the outfit was only 50 cents for the snaps.

He's playing with one of my measuring tapes.  It only kept him still for a little while.

So, I turned on Clifford.

The snap tape made it kind of bunchy, so I need to do more work on the crotch part, but it turned out pretty well for my first!  I actually used my zipper foot! (It gives me chills just looking at it Sad )I have enough tape and shirts for two more rompers, maybe my next post will be better.

If any one has suggestions for the next two, I will be thrilled!
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25  So many friends, so little time... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftyhandbags on: July 23, 2007 07:00:34 PM
Here's another bag requested by a friend.  I'm in love with the fabric, and there's just enough left to make myself a smaller bag.  Aahh, the perks of making things for friends!
Here's a shot of the fabric detail.
A shot of the bag and wallet open.  It's about 12 inches tall.  The bag, not the wallet! Grin

This shot shows the outside of the wallet, but the lining color is off.

This is the actual color of the lining.
Sorry for all the pics, but this one I actually love so I got excited.
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26  Here it is...I'm not happy with it. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftyhandbags on: July 21, 2007 07:28:23 PM
I had another request for a bag from a friend. 

She gave me this fabric.  This is not a fabric I would have chosen, mostly because it is so slippery.  I could not get the interfacing to stick. (You can kinda see the fabric bubbling in the picture.)  I couldn't really turn the iron up any higher because of the fabric;  I scorched my test swatch.  Any help from someone who has conquered this problem would be appreciated!
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27  Never Again!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftyhandbags on: July 19, 2007 08:21:44 PM
One of my husband's co-workers asked me to make her a cell phone cover.  Sure, I can do it; I can do anything! (famous last words)
Well, four days and five attempts later, this is the result...

The matching thing behind it is an eye pillow.
Well, the good news is I have a lot of fancy puppets for my 18 month old to play with!
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28  Pshaw, who needs patterns? Apparently me! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by craftyhandbags on: July 09, 2007 10:03:52 AM
I wanted to make my (tiny) three year old daughter a dress for July 4.  She spills everything, so I wanted it reversible.

I measured her really well, and even set the straps in more than a regular dress because she has problems with straps falling down.  After I got it all put together, it wouldn't go down over her head!  That's why the hem isn't finished.  I got frustrated.  The matching head-kerchief fits her really well, though.  It's a good thing I have friends with smaller girls than her!
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29  Re: crayon transfers with regular crayons in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions by craftyhandbags on: July 07, 2007 06:16:20 PM
I made my daughter a nightshirt with the crayon transfer method described by edel, and even after a trip through the washer and dryer, it turned out OK! 

It says "Diva In Training" and the thing in the top corner is a crown.
The shirt is a cotton blend, but I'm not sure the percentages.
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30  Crafty! (and cheap!) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by craftyhandbags on: July 06, 2007 10:39:45 AM
My sister always calls me "crafty," so I decided to make a shirt to celebrate that fact.

The only problem was I forgot to flip the image, so I ruined the first transfer.  BUT being the cheap-o that I am, I just put the backwards transfer on the back!

No waste!
(Sorry it's wrinkled- I HATE ironing!)
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