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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / camera cozy 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.
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first purse-type bag 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.

13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / do I need to heatset acrylic paint? on: August 27, 2009 08:15:41 AM
It seems like its only real fabric paints that need to be heatset to become permanent - am I correct? Heat setting for 3-5 minutes seems like a hassle if it isn't neccesary - and now I have about a dozen projects dry and ready to be either heatset or washed.
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / paint recommendations? on: August 27, 2009 05:48:13 AM
I know this must have been discussed before but I've searched a lot through old postings and haven't found it.  I'm wondering what is the best, softest and most opaque paint to use for freezer paper stenciling. I've been using craft paint mixed with textile medium and sometimes its flaky and stiff (and scratchy against one's skin) and if I use more textile medium it comes out not opaque enough - you can see through some spots. I have also used some Jaquard Luminescence (sp?) that I had around and I like its feel - but the color wasn't great.  If I splurge on a $6 jar of speedball silk screen paint in black - will I be most happy? I'm mostly really interested in black - so I'm willing to spend more to get the results I want.   Thanks in advance!!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / poet shirt/shakespeare shirt/easy, simple, please??? on: August 13, 2009 11:44:29 AM
I have a 11 year old who loves dress up and loves Shakespeare and he has just outgrown the poet shirt he inheritied after a theater production several years ago. I'm not an experienced clothing sewer, and I have gotten intimidated by store bought patterns for poet shirts. Are there any easy peasy patterns for a simple poet-shirt type shirt? Sized for a youth L or man's small-ish?
I sew bags and quilts but all those tiny pieces and interfacing and gathers in those shirt patterns make me scared to try.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / ideas for 12 year old star trek obsessed on: October 21, 2008 06:54:37 PM
I'm looking for some star trek craft ideas to give to a child friend who's obsessed with all things Star Trek (especially Data) and is having a birthday this weekend.  I found a link to make a Starship Enterprise from a floppy disc and I'm going to try that. If I could find Star Trek fabric I could sew up a bag, and I thought about trying a simple freezer paper stencil of a Star Trek picture on a t-shirt (is there somewhere online to find printable star trek stencils? I looked though the galleries of the Star Trek swaps on this site and there are a lot of creative ideas but most seemed out of my beginner status as a crafter. Any other ideas would be so appreciated!!
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / PUL question on: September 12, 2008 06:09:12 PM
I don't know if this is the right spot to post this question - I want to make a sandwich wrap and cloth snack pouches for my son's lunches and I'm wondering if I buy PUL (which I can't find locally, so I need to mailorder it and I'm not sure exactly what to expect), can I put the waterproof side towards the inside and just use a single layer of PUL and nothing else? It doesn't unravel, right? So I could leave the edges unfinished? I would do tight zig zag around the sides of the pouch - and just sew some velcro on the wrap. Would that work?
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / looking for a bag pattern using 1 or 2 fat quarters on: May 29, 2008 04:55:19 PM
Sometimes I just have to engage in bag/sewing/quilt-therapy and I stop at the local quilt shop and treat myself to a fat quater of some fabric I love - but I am needing some easy practical pattern for creating something useful out of a fat quarter (I can line in with something from my stash but I don't always have coordinating fabric for the outer fabric) - they (fat 1/4, 21" x 18")  seem the wrong dimension to make a practical-sized totebag unless I cut and piece it back together again. I make those boxy pouches sometimes and can make little pouches, wallets, etc....I guess I'm looking for another easy great project I can finish in a few hours and can use a single fat quarter (plus more from my stash) to sew. Any ideas or inspiration would be so appreciated!!!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / help me find a pouch pattern with zipper along the front?? on: May 28, 2008 07:30:35 AM
I know I've seen tutorials for this type of pouch a bunch of times in the past - but now that I'm wanting to try one - I can't find the one I want! I did find out but it seemed to have raw seam allowances left inside the finished pouch and that itsn't what I want. I found one on Thimble and tried it but I got confused about how to sew the lining around the zipper ends - and my pouch came out wonky. I remember seeing a tutorial once that used day-of-the-dead type fabric in the pictures - but I can't find it. Does anyone know what I mean? Can anyone help me find a clear great tutorial for this type of pouch? Thanks so much!!!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / looking for a ds game pouch/case tutorial on: March 21, 2008 06:24:06 PM
I have need to sew up something for my son's ds and there are some amazing examples in some posts on the "completed projects" forum - but I can't qiute figure out how they construct them from their pictures. Has anyone seen a description or tutorial or pattern for making a case for a DS handheld game?  I could make a rectangular zippered pouch, or a tiny messenger bag, - those I can figure out - but seeing a pattern would give me more confidence. Any leads?
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