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1  camera cozy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dftkarin on: May 09, 2010 08:10:31 AM

I splurged on my mother for mother's day and bought her a small basic digital camera and I made several cases (assembly line style - I made 5 in different fabrics) to give her one or two along with the camera. Here's a not-so-great picture of one that I didn't give her - just to show it.
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2  my first purse-type bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dftkarin on: May 09, 2010 08:05:49 AM
I have thought about trying Tiny Happy's shoulder bag pattern for years now but only yesterday tried it out. I used half-yard cuts of the outside and lining fabrics, so I needed to piece the strap (and I lengthened it a bit) and I made the pattern 18.5 inches wide instead of 17" like the pattern calls for - just to use the entire width of the fabric. I added two big inside pockets and sewed channels in them so better fit what one might carry - chap stick, cell phone, change, keys, etc....

Next time I make this (which will be soon) I plan to make it deeper and maybe less wide.

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3  roly-nester zipper pouch - pic, link to tute, and question in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dftkarin on: October 14, 2007 08:36:11 AM

pattern for this cool little pouch can be found here:

My question is this: the pattern/instructions call for using fusible fleece as the interfacing and I have used it (for the first time) and its neat but I am hopeful that I can find something else that will still work but ne nicer and/or more natural-feeling.  Has anyone else made these pouches and used just flannel as interfacing? Or used a different type of interfacing. I love the easiness of just ironing on fusible stuff - but I HATE the way fusible 'feels' in bags or pouches. I imagine myself struggling with sew-in interface - like it might flip and flop around and wrinkle and be worse than nothing at all! I thought about trying a few different things to see for myself - but that is a lot of work (and expensive zippers) to use on practice bags. Any advice for me? Thanks in advance for any feedback/suggestions/etc.!!
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4  shark tote, skull pouch and wallet, roly pouch, blurry ikea triangle pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dftkarin on: October 10, 2007 04:20:01 PM
Hi all you wonderful generous folks!! Thanks for all the inspiration and info I've gotton from these boards! Here are some pictures I want to share.

This as a little lined tote bag/purse - with both a shoulder length strap and two little side handles - I could easily flop either the big strap or the small ones into the bag to use the other strap without the others even showing (does that make sense?)

I did my first-ever inside zipper pocket
and you can see where I still need to handsew the lining where I turned it all. I used the jordy way (cutting small squares out of the bottom corners) to make the boxed bottom and I think its my new favorite method for bags.

I bought a box of scraps from equilter.com and 50 zippers from Zipperstop and now I'm a sewing fool with these neat pouches - and wallets...here are some of my recent ones:

The red hippo fabric is from IKEA - it might be too blurry to tell from my picture
Thank you for looking!
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5  my first two messenger bags! (and some wallets) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by dftkarin on: September 10, 2007 08:04:51 AM
I discovered Craftster a few weeks ago and started out making these little card holders/wallets:

Then I started making bunches of those cloth shopping bags (QueenofDIY's tutorial). This weekend I finally made my first two messenger bags. Here they are:

This one of for my son to keep his piano books and cds in - I made the pocket large enough to hold the CDs he has to take back and forth with him, the strap is perfectly sized for his height. I used this turtle canvasy fabric I got on clearance at Joann Fabrics because I thought it seemed more "boyish" than most of the other choices - but he still thinks it looks too much like a woman's purse.

This next one is for me - although I don't really use bags - but I love the fabrics. They are both from IKEA. The strap is extra long so I can wear it across my body and inside are two pockets - one for pens, one for a wallet or cell phone. I'm still a novice with sewing bags - so you can see sloppy parts. I still love it.

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