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1  Hippy Chic? (pic chubby) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: July 01, 2008 04:34:21 PM
I guess that's what you'd call this purse. I totally fell in love with this fabric. I bought it at a garage sale a few months ago, and when I got it home and took a closer look, I realized that it was really a set of curtains. Even cooler! Anyway, the pattern of this pures is something that I came up with myself, and its super simple. It has a zippered pocket on the inside and a vinyl handle. Well, its vinyl on one side and fabric on the other. Drum roll, please...

The bag itself:

Side view: You can see the vinyl I used for the handle

Inside lining shot:

Action shot:

Time for the fabric's close up:

Thanks for looking!
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2  Who says paying bills has to be boring??? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: June 24, 2008 08:11:12 AM
Not if you use one of these babies...
I found this tute awhile ago, http://amatricis.wordpress.com/2008/01/19/prettier-checkbook-tutorial/, and made a few adjustments to make it my own. I decided to use my beloved oilcloth since my purse can get somewhat funky from time to time. It's nice that I can wipe it clean.

What do you guys think?

strawberry print:


black floral print:


Thanks for looking!
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3  Feeling groovy purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: May 05, 2008 08:04:33 AM
I've had this vintage fabric for ages with no good use for it until now. I had this retro purse design that I've been messing with for a while (look here for my first attempt: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=220856.0). Now that I've worked out the kinks, I thought I'd use the vintage fabric on the final product. What do you think?

Inside lining/pocket shot:

Close up of snazzy vintage fabric:

And finally, action shot:

Thanks for looking!
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4  Happiness is oilcloth... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: April 05, 2008 09:30:13 PM
So, I have always had an obsession with oilcloth, and I finally found a use for this black print that I've been holding onto for a while. I found the pattern for this purse at http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/01/1-hour-bag-tutorial.html, but I altered a few things to make it my own.
When I first started working on it, I had no idea what I should use for a lining. I found this cute flannel print in my stash and thought I'd give it a shot. I was actually shocked with how much I love the combination.

Anyway, on to the pics!

Hanging on my closet knobs,in all its glory...

an inside shot of the lining...

my zippered pocket...

and finally, an action shot!

Thanks for looking!
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5  cheaper than therapy... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: February 11, 2008 02:59:54 PM
that's what I keep telling my husband about my trips to JoAnns. Its hard being the only female in the house (3 sons and hubby), so buying fabric brings me a nice sense of peace after the manly choas of the day.  After an especially exhausting weekend of little league tryouts and Superbowl Sunday, I desperately needed to make something pretty and girly. This clutch is what I came up with. I was super happy with the slash pocket that I made. It came out much nicer than I expected.The closure flap is made from pink vinyl, which wasn't that hard to work with, now that I have a teflon foot. All of the fabric came from JoAnns clearance section, which gives this purse a grand total of $5. Not bad!

Let me know what you guys think. I ALWAYS appreciate everybody's feedback.

front view of the clutch...

inside shot...

close up of the slash pocket...

Thanks for looking!
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6  Kinda proud of this one... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: January 16, 2008 01:45:37 PM
Well, hubby is gone for the week on business, and, as the old saying goes, while the cat's away, the mice will,um, make new purses. So, this is what I came up with after an afternoon of messing around. I'm actually quite proud of it, seeing as how I didn't really use a pattern. The top handle part is made of this vinyl material that was a bear to work with, since I don't have a teflon foot. (Note to self, BUY ONE!!) Anyway, I was antsy to post this and get everybody else's feedback. Thanks for looking!

an inside shot of the lining and pocket:

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7  placemats, napkins, and bonus chopstick holder! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: December 19, 2007 08:51:40 AM
What do you get a newlywed couple that already has everything? This was what I came up with...I made these placemats and napkins for my DH's cousin and her new hubby for Christmas.I decided that the napkins were a bit too plain, so I stamped them with an ordinary rubber stamp and ink. I made a sample one and washed it, and was pleasantly surprised that it didn't run or stain anything else.
 Overall, I'm pretty proud of the whole set. I made another set, but used red for the contrast color for my brother in law and his wife. I like that one better, but red is my most favorite color...

I hope they like them. I'm a little nervous...

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8  Soccer Ball Beanies x3 in Crochet: Completed Projects by socalgirl on: December 05, 2007 01:59:20 PM
I knew football season was good for something. I managed to get all of these hats done for my 3 boys while sitting next to hubbie during Sunday afternoon football. Might as well do something constructive during that 'Don't bother me, I'm watching the game' time, right?

Anyway, I got the pattern for these at http://headhuggers.org/patterns/cpatt10.htm. I think the pattern is for an adult sized head, but mine all turned out to be just the right size for my boys (4,3, and 21 months) so go figure. I used all Bernat Softee Chunky yarn and a size J hook.

These were totally fun and easy to make. I'm going to save them and give them as Christmas presents. Hope you like them!

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9  Retro Kitty Backpack...First time posting project! (McCall's M5341) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by socalgirl on: December 03, 2007 04:01:13 PM
Okay, I have been lurking here for a while now, commenting here and there on everybody's amazing craftsmanship. So, it is with some hesitancy that I now share one of my projects with the likes of you guys. Here goes!

I made these backpacks for Christmas for two tween girls in my family. They were fairly easy to make, considering that I've never made any bags/purses before. (my sewing experience consists of clothing and quilts)I used a McCalls pattern, (the number escapes me now...) and followed it pretty much to the letter.

Anyway, please let me know what you think!

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