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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Knitting tote using Anna Maria Horner fabric on: September 01, 2008 08:38:17 PM
I just love AMH's fabric collections, but this is my first time working with one of them.  And I've had this chocolate fabric I've been waiting to use for just the right project.  I added two elasticized pockets for yarn balls and some needle slots.  I appliqued one of the scenes in the fabric onto the exterior.  Thanks for looking!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I took a stab at a sandwich wrap-mat. on: August 29, 2008 12:17:53 AM
I blogged about it here, if you want more details!   Cheesy
I opted for the envelope method, if you will, and used a simple 13 inch square.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Paisley Gift Bag on: August 27, 2008 07:59:34 PM

I say "gift bag", but today I used my new bag as a library tote.   Grin  I just love it!  It's lined and just much more chic looking than a regular drawstring bag.  I plan to make a bunch and use them for holiday gift giving...y'know, fill them with goodies and such.

I blogged about it here & have the link to the tutorial I downloaded posted, too: 
Thanks for looking!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Needing help finding a "floppy, hammock shaped, gym bag" pattern or tute. on: June 23, 2008 08:51:26 AM
Ok, I've seen a gal carrying a bag to the gym, and she said she got it from Old Navy.  It's almost banana or hammock shaped, and has a zipper running the 18-24 inch length of the bag.  There's one wide strap for carrying over the shoulder.

Before I go drafting a pattern of my own, I thought I'd see if any of you all could help me out finding one!

Thanks SO much in advance!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Saturday Evening was spent making this Memory Board. on: June 22, 2008 09:40:43 PM
This memory board (or bulletin board for my sewing room) was a great project I worked on this weekend.  I'm really happy with the results..  Thanks for looking!

And here's the scoop behind it:  (I blogged about it  Smiley )

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Key Fob Tutorial on: June 07, 2008 03:14:44 PM

Key Fobs are definitely the rage. Theyre not only really cute, but soooo functional as well. Slip them around your wrist, and you are hands-free to carry your bags, kiddos, etc.!

I make, and sell, quite a few in my shop and give many away as gifts. Heres a tutorial to show you how you can make your own.

Items youll need:

2 strips of coordinating fabric 12″x 2.25″

2 strips of fusible interfacing (I use Pellon 809 DecorBond) 12″ x 1.25″

1 strip of PelTex 12″ x 1.25″ (I actually cut mine 1 3/16th, or just a hair narrower than 1.25″. Youll understand why later)

1 set of key fob hardware (I purchase mine online at ebay.)

Here are the interfacing strips:

Step 1) Fuse the interfacing strips to your fabric strips, by placing the Pellon 809 down the center of the fabric strip. There will be 1/2″ of fabric on each side. The edges of the Pellon will be your guide for stitching throughout the process of making your key fob.

Place fabric pieces right sides together and pin in place. Stitch down one edge of the Pellon. Iron the seam open.

Step 2) With the fabric wrong side up, iron each long side of the fabric strip inward at the edge of the Pellon. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.

Slip the Peltex into the middle of your fabric sandwich. Wrap the outside fabrics seam allowances (the fabric that will be the main outer fabric of the key fob) around the Peltex. Pin the fabricsandwich together. If you cut your PelTex as I do, it will be much easier to pin this since the seam allowances take up a bit of space inside the sandwich. Trust me; do as I say.

Step 3) Stitch the pinned edge together by topstitching. Be sure to catch the underside fabric! And go slowly, youll be stitching over the Peltex, and its a thick layerbut oh so worth it in the end.

Topstitch down the opposite side as well.

Step 4) At this point, you are just cleaning up the piece before attaching the hardware. Trim the edges (the short ends) even, and apply Fray Check generously to the raw edges. Really, dont skip this part. It will give your key fob a cleaner looking end result and will give it more longevity.

Step 5) Attach the hardware with some pliers. Fold the fabric strip to meet at raw ends. Slip the hardware piece over both layers. It will be thick, so make sure that you have all of the layers neatly tucked in there. Use pliers to clamp the hardware shut in this order: middle, right side, left side. Otherwise you might clamp it shut unevenly. Clamp gently at first to be sure it stays positioned correctly. Then go back and finish it off with a nice, tight clamp!

I wrap a scrap piece of fabric around the hardware so that it doesnt get scratched by the pliers.

Attach the O-ring and you are done!

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