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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / packaging marble magnets for gift-giving? on: November 19, 2007 07:07:22 PM
I know this has been discussed before but I've don't several searches and I can't find any discussion about it. I have made several dozen marble magnets with photos that I want to give as gifts this holiday - but I can't figure out a decent way to package them that keeps them from flipping onto themselves, scratching or bumping the glass together, etc... I could wrap each one in paper for protection. I wish I could find some safe lightweight inexpensive little pieces of metal I could tsick the magnets on and wrap them up together on the metal board. I know people say altoid cans are the greatest but I don;t eat them or have access to a bunch of them. Oh, what to do?? Any suggestions would be great!!
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / looking for supplier for dried lavender and maybe flaxseeds? on: November 10, 2007 06:22:34 PM
I was a soapmaker over a decade ago and used to know just where to get all these supplies - but I can't find/remember the place I used to get these two things. Can anyone suggest a supplier for an ounce or two of dried lavender at a reasonable price?

Thank you in advance!!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help me find a seamless pajama pants pattern on: October 24, 2007 05:36:26 PM
I would love to try making a pair or two of flannel pajama pants for a friend and for my son - and I've read a little on the web and would prefer to make the kind where each leg is one piece so there are no side seams (I'm hoping that will be more straight forward to sew because I'm a beginner at sewing clothing, and also because it seams more cozy/comfy to not have as many seams). Where can I find a pattern for drawstring pants that are seamless? I have tried searching online with no luck so far.  Thanks in advance!!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / zipper pouch construction question - zipper on side or top? on: October 24, 2007 05:12:43 PM
Hi all,
Thanks to the fabulous tutorials from this board, I've made several zip pouches with the zipper along the top. In stores I see a lot of zipper pouches with zippers on one side (usually close to the top, but not along the seam between the two halves like I do with the pouches I've made so far). I'm curious about it and wonder if there are benefits to putting the zipper along the front or side instead of on top between the two sides. Does that make sense? Does it put less pressure on the seams or something? Is it easier to do that way? I want to try making one with the zipper on one side - are there any tutorials that could take me through the construction step-by-step? Any thoughts would be very appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / schlep bag pattern?? on: October 23, 2007 04:52:29 PM
I wonder if anyone here has made a "schlep" bag from a pattern that was apparently posted for free on the internet for a long time but was recently removed. I found a site that had a link to a pattern for it but the link was dead, and then there was a link to instructions for a "twist" bag but they were not complete. Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with this pattern for making a bag. And if anyone could comment on it? Share construction tips? Show pictures? Anything?
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / roly-nester zipper pouch - pic, link to tute, and question 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.!!
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / shark tote, skull pouch and wallet, roly pouch, blurry ikea triangle pouch 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!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / adjustable straps without tri glide buckles? on: October 06, 2007 07:18:10 PM
I'm relatively new here and have made a few very basic messenger bags with non-adjustable straps and the non-adjustability is a big drawback so I would like to learn to make adjustable straps. I've read Jennybean's tutorial and I've studied the available bah hardware at all my local fabric and craft stores and I can buy a lot of things - but no where could I find a plain tri-glide buckle. I read a way to make adjusttable straps using two d-rings sewn to the end of one strap and you thread the end of the other side strap into it and back through itself - but the tail end is loose and flaps around and it might slip back though - so I'm not sure that is my best solution. Are threre other ways to make an adjustable strap without a tri-glide buckle or single bar slider thing?
29  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / help me find viking ship stencil? male dancer stencil, shakespeare stencil? on: September 27, 2007 06:18:48 PM
I am DYING to try freezer paper stencils - I have the freezer paper, a t-shirts, and an exacto-knife, and craft paint - but I can't find any stencils to print out to start from. I searched the free stencil places people have suggested on this board - but it still seems like its all the 'usual' stencils - and a lot very complicated too! I've never done this before so I am hoping to find a relatively simple picture to start from. Any leads would be so appreciate!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / cheapest zipper source? on: September 25, 2007 06:56:13 PM
I've tried searching in the forums for ideas for getting zippers at the best price. Right now I've bough 10 or so at Walmart (I HATE shopping at Walmart, but zippers are twice the price at JoAnn Fabrics) but the 7 or 9" ones are still almost $1.50 each. Is ther a cheaper way to get a lot of zippers at once, smaller ones for zippered pocked inside bags, 9 " ones for those little cosmetic bags. I feel nervous about the spool-of-zipper idea because I've always been a clutz with zippers anyway, I can't imagine cutting them and putting hardware on myself.

Any leads???
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