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11  Zippered Handbag - inspired by a Coach purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: February 08, 2009 06:54:56 PM
While at the Coach store yesterday I saw this purse and I really liked the shape so I decided to make a similar bag. The fabric is Red/Orange Calliope by Jessica Jones. I love this pattern! I accented it with a matching pink canvas on the straps, the label and the bottom.

My measurements are a bit different and I couldn't figure out how to get a pocket on the outside that looked good. Unfortunately I had already made a little mark for the center (in pen of course) so I put my label on a rectangle of the pink fabric to cover it up. I think I'll use this on all my bags now! The bottom is flat which I like, I sewed on a panel of the pink canvas reinforced with very stiff interfacing.

I don't usually make zippered handbags but I thought it might be a good thing to try and now I love it! I used this bag today and I didn't have to worry about my stuff falling out when I threw it in the backseat. I will definitely make more zippered bags, and I've already started cutting out fabric for another one of this style.

The lining is Purple Stars by Prints Charming. This is seriously the softest cotton I've ever used. I was so sad to cut into the fabric but when I look at the finished bag I'm happy I did! Inside there is a zippered pocket and also a slide pocket for my keys since I like to just toss those in.

For some reason the photos are looking really pixely on my screen, so hopefully I can get some better ones! **Edit: new photos are up!

I'd love to hear your comments! Thanks for looking.  Grin
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12  Westminster Pleated Handbag - my newest style! **now with new pics!** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: January 27, 2009 06:05:40 PM
This design is my newest handbag style. It's based my design called the Westminster Tote, which is basically a largeish pleated tote that's reversible. I wanted the same look in a more structured bag so this is what I came up with!

I love this Jessica Jones fabric! It's a very nice weight canvas so it holds the pleats well, and the pink canvas matches perfectly. I cinched the sides with button tabs so the bag isn't floppy and open, and it also closes with a magnetic snap. The inside is lined with a matching orange cotton, and there's a zipper pocket inside as well. Both sides have the pleats but I'm considering just doing those on one side, and having the back just plain canvas. What do you think?

I made another one just like it with black canvas and some curtain canvas from Ikea. I actually turned it the opposite way though and I like how the squares go vertical now. On the inside is Sandi Henderson's Petal Party in green, and there's a zipper pocket in this one too. Somehow it ended up an inch taller and an inch narrower than the pink one, but I used the same pattern pieces!

And here is my original Westminster Tote that it's based off of. I actually used the same pattern pieces except I shortened and flattened the bottom, and added the gussets to make it deeper. The handbag is not reversible like this one unfortunately.

Sorry for the really horrible photos. My camera is really bad with light. I can post new ones after my photographer takes some nicer shots! **New photos have been added (it's really obvious which ones...)**

So what do you think of my design? Smiley I love to read your comments!
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13  Hanging Mail Holder *NOW WITH TUTORIAL LINK!* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: January 26, 2009 06:51:45 PM
I came up with this because I needed a place to put my custom order forms in my sewing room. After I finished I decided it would also be great for holding mail so I made another one to go in the kitchen, since we always just pile the mail on the island and it drives me nuts!

This is the one in the kitchen. The front, back, and pockets are made of linen and the inside of the pockets/binding are chocolate brown cotton with big white polka dots. I'm actually really sad about the binding, in some places it's just plain because the dots are so big. I was going to use a different fabric but after much debate, the boyfriend and I decided it was actually black and this was all I had that was brown. I'm worried it looks bad.

A closer view of the pockets.

This is the one in my sewing room, the original! I wanted something with several pockets so I could separate new orders, in progress, and completed but not delivered. Since I don't really have a lot of free surfaces in my sewing room, especially near my cutting table, I decided it should be a hanging organizer and this idea popped in my head!

This organizer is also linen and the accent fabric is Amy Butler's Wallflower in Mustard.

Now I need some advice! I'd like to put labels on each pocket with our names or whatever category it is, but I'm not sure how to do it. My sister suggested whatever I make, I could attach it with safety pins instead of sewing so that they can be changed out so I think I will do that. I could use printable fabric, iron on, or I could also stamp on fabric or a ribbon. How do you think I should write our names and what medium should they be printed on?

Thanks for looking! I'd love to read your comments!  Smiley

EDIT: Due to the massive amount of photos, I've posted the tutorial on my blog instead of here on Craftster. Check it out!

EDIT: The photo of the pattern for the pockets isn't exactly clear. To clarify the measurements:

bottom piece: bottom - 5.5", straight vertical side - 5", angled vertical side - 5.5", top - 8"
top piece: bottom - 8", straight vertical side - 1 1/4", angled vertical side - 1.5", top - 8 1/4"

Also I didn't mention, but this is just half the pocket. Trace pattern with the flat side on the fold of the fabric.
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14  Wine Bottle tote in Jessica Jones fabric! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: January 22, 2009 06:55:22 PM
I threw this together about half an hour before my mom's birthday dinner as part of my gift to her. And it only took 15 minutes! Let's just say she's a big fan of wine and also this fabric so the gift was a big hit.  Smiley

The fabric is by designer Jessica Jones. It's called "Fireworks" and it's from her Amusement Park Collection. I love it so much! I've used it on bags and it's such an eyecatching print. My mom loves it because it's so summery.

This was the only bottle I had in the house. I made the bag a lot bigger because I wanted it to be able to accomodate those giant bottles of white zinfandel...you know the one! I think it's Sutter Home. Her favorite  Grin.

And this was the birthday card that inspired the bag! I got this at Bazaar Bizarre last month. In case you can't read it says "I have created an anti-age potion for your birthday. Bottoms Up." I just had to have it because I'm a chemical engineer so I thought it would be funny to give to someone. And as I was looking at it to decide if it would be appropriate to give to my mom, I thought "Hmm, well it would need to have some sort of potion with it to make sense...duh!"

I whipped up the bag so fast because I just used my serger to construct it all, so there's no lining. It's still very strong though even if it's a bit flimsy. And the straps are just webbing so nothing to make there either. All in all a quick and well received project!
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15  More patchwork coasters in pink and yellow! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: January 22, 2009 06:43:15 PM
I made some green coasters awhile back posted here out of the scraps in my green bin. So last weekend I raided my pinks/reds and my oranges/yellows bins to make more coasters!

At least the green ones have a place on my coffee table since my living room is green/brown/white. I don't really need six coasters anyways. The others will probably be donated to coaster-less friends and family.

I hope to make lots more so I can get practice at making my patchwork even. As you can see the squares don't always line up...I tried to make my seams as straight as possible! I guess it doesn't matter how straight your seams are if the square isn't cut straight. The pink is particularly bad because one strip ended up really short somehow and it threw everything else off. Eventually I'd like to put these in my shop or at least have some as the "cheap" item on my table at craft fairs.

If anyone has patchwork tips please share! I'd appreciate any advice. Smiley
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16  Pretty Patchwork Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: January 11, 2009 05:36:17 AM
Sometimes I feel super motivated to do patchwork and quilts even though I'm horrible at it. I also wanted to get rid of some of my scraps, and so these coasters were born!

It's the perfect project! I can use those teeny tiny scraps that you save even though there can't possibly be a use for them because the squares are only 1.5" x 1.5". Plus there's not too much patchwork involved. And it's such a small project if I screw it up nobody notices!

These scraps are left over from all sorts of projects so I was happy to reuse them. I have four different bins of scraps sorted by color and I noticed my pinks/reds bin is getting quite full so I may be making some more! I chose green because it matches my living room, there's just plain brown cotton on the reverse and there's also a layer of insul-bright. I don't think it will really help keep our drinks cold but it was the right thickness.

Please let me know what you think!  Smiley
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17  Ammonia Cookies - don't worry they're completely safe! in Dessert by oneyedsally on: January 09, 2009 03:04:14 PM
Awhile ago I posted this topic asking if anyone knew where to find baker's ammonia. I wanted to make some cookies that (in my family) are a tradition to eat around the holidays. Here are some photos! Recipe and more about baker's ammonia below.

See how thick they are! Sooooo good.

This is all that's left...well not anymore. They were consumed immediately after the photo session.

They're not as soft as normal cookies, the ammonia makes them a bit crisper. They're not as crisp as a cracker though, they're definitely still cookies. If you look inside it's almost like there are layers.

Well I was able to find the right ingredient at a local Greek grocery store so I got cooking right away! The recipe is:

3 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 pt milk
1 oz baker's ammonia
1 cup shortening
small bottle oil of lemon
pinch of salt
enough flour for stiff dough (5 lb)

Roll out thin. Bake at 350 degrees until brown.

This makes about 10 or 12 dozen cookies! The jar of baker's ammonia was only 0.75 oz but the cookies came out exactly how I remembered them. I sent my sister to pick up the ingredient but didn't tell her how much to get. For the lemon oil, I used lemon extract and I poured in just over half the bottle. And I used not quite 5 lb of flour - but almost! These cookies actually destroyed my brand new hand mixer after adding only half the flour, so be prepared to mix it up by hand. I will be phoning Hamilton Beach about this...

And here is the ammonia I was able to find! I know the cookies sound dangerous but they're not! The substance is actually ammonium carbonate and they are not poisonous, the ammonia gas bakes off as the cookies rise. If you open the oven before the cookies are ready you'll get a strong whiff. We alternated between batches of ammonia cookies and regular cookies so the smell didn't get too bad! I wouldn't eat the dough though.

My whole family loves these cookies but my boyfriend did not. They have a subtle lemon flavor, and they're definitely not sweet like most cookies...this makes it a lot easier to eat a whole bunch of them though! If someone does take on this recipe, be prepared for many hours of rolling out dough! You could always cut it in half too.

If anyone makes these I'd really like to know what you think!  Smiley
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18  "JOY" Wall Hanging in Winter Holidays by oneyedsally on: December 03, 2008 08:49:21 PM
I made this as a Christmas/winter decoration for my living room. I wanted something that wasn't too specific to Christmas, and the less letters the better so I decided on joy.  Smiley The runner up was "peace".

And here it is with the flash, this shows the color better because it's actually a really light blue.

You can see it in the first photo the best, but it's totally covered in glitter paint on top of the blue. It really sparkles next to my Christmas tree! I also glued silver snowflakes to the letters using tacky glue.

I came up with the idea sort of out of nowhere but I was going to hang each letter individually with nails, when I saw a JOY sign at Jo-Ann's with letters hanging by wire from a wooden dowel. It was a lot smaller though and kind of expensive so I decided to continue making mine but use the dowel idea. It was really easy to put together!

Let me know what you think! My sister couldn't believe I made it. I think it really adds a nice touch to my holiday decorating. Comments and criticism appreciated  Grin
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19  HUGE Messenger-style Diaper Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: November 23, 2008 12:11:39 PM
I made this as a custom order for someone. I love this bag! I totally want one for myself. The color combination looks so good, the accent fabric just pops against the black cotton duck. The lining/accent is Amy Butler's Garden Maze in Pink.

This is the same pattern I used for the messenger bag I made for my assistant shown here. There are a few differences though. It's 6" deep instead of 3", there's a zippered divider pocket in the middle (which I love) and the slide pockets are elasticized to hold bottles and things. Those pockets are also insulated and lined with vinyl in case of spills!

This bag can hold a TON of stuff! As you can see there's a "baby side", I didn't have any baby bottles so I used water bottles for the picture, and there's room for diapers, change of clothes, etc., and there's also a "mommy side" where there's room for wallet, keys, even a book and your current knitting project. Plus anything you want to put in the zippered divider.

What do you think? Thanks for looking!  Grin
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20  Sweet Floral Messenger Bag for my Amazing Assistant! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by oneyedsally on: November 02, 2008 06:37:29 PM
I've been doing a lot of craft shows lately and one of my super good friends has been helping me out. This includes getting to my house at 7:30am on Saturdays, and she's not an early riser so I know it's really tough for her! Then she sits there at my table with me all day to keep me company, and she's a really awesome saleswoman. Plus she takes all the photos of my bags for me too. So I thought I'd make her a custom bag, exactly to her specifications.

She chose my messenger bag, and picked all the fabrics. We went back and forth a lot, originally we were going to use brown corduroy, then decided to go with cotton duck, but all the browns were horrible so we went with this awesome khaki/green. The accent fabric was going to be a pretty pink floral I already had but we came across this by chance and it matched soooo much better. So I think she's really happy with the colors and so am I. Actually I displayed this at a fair and I just finished a custom order for the exact same bag!

There's a panel of pockets underneath the flap, with pencil slides! The inside has more panel pockets and a zipper pocket too. I like everything to have its own place so I always put a ton of pockets inside.  Smiley

In the back there's a velcro pocket, which I think is really convenient just to stuff things when you're in a hurry. It's the perfect size for a notebook too or papers too.

The entire bag being modeled by me! (My friend was taking the picture  Smiley)It's a pretty huge bag, about 16" wide. It's a good size for her because she always carries a bunch of stuff.

Here's another shot of the front. I love how the lining peeks out from behind as a fun little surprise. My friend calls that my "thing". There's a pocket behind the floral insert as well.

Well my friend is really happy with her bag and she carries it as her everyday purse. I actually got so attached to it when it was sitting on my sewing table waiting to be finished I was sad to give it to her!

Thanks for looking! Please leave comments or criticism!  Grin
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