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21  Embroidered tree purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by antigone on: April 26, 2006 08:13:32 AM
Here's a purse I made recently. It took about two evenings, but that included hunting for supplies on a Sunday evening.

I had this vision of a black purse with an embroidered pink tree, and I'm happy with how it turned out. It holds all the necessary stuff and even has a little journal pocket.


This is how I made it:

First I cut 2 pieces of black fabric freehand, approximately the shape I wanted the purse to be, pinched them in twice at the top, cut 2 matching pieces of fabric for the lining and some fabric for the handles. I added a pocket and two places for pens. I sewed the lining and added a zipper to it. Then I embroidered the tree and sewed everything together. When I was going to sew the lining to the outer fabric at the top (and sew around the zipper once again), my machine kept jamming so I ended up hand sewing the top seam. The lining is a bit shorter than the outer fabric, so the zipper is somewhat lowered into the top of the purse.

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22  Vintage car accordion fold album in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by antigone on: April 26, 2006 07:56:22 AM
Here's an album I made as a birthday present. It's accordion-folded, closes with a bead on thin black ribbon. I hand tinted a black and white vintage car picture using coloured pencils for the cover. There is room for 16 standard size photos using both sides.

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23  Embroidered tree purse in Needlework: Completed Projects by antigone on: April 26, 2006 07:51:10 AM
Here's my very third embroidery, free-style on black cotton which I turned into a purse. I don't really know what the heck I'm doing but that seems to be the way I like it Cheesy The leaves are glass beads from a Swedish craft store.

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24  my take on the non-ugly hip purse (first sewing post!Pic heavy) *Tutorial added* in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by antigone on: April 20, 2006 12:37:39 PM
I wanted to make a cool and practical purse for my sister's birthday - she's going to Australia and New Zealand, and I figured something similar to the hip slinger would be appropriate to hold her small but important stuff. She turned 21 today, yay!

This was my first time sewing a zipper and a lining, so I actually made a practice purse for myself at the same time. I didn't follow a tutorial or a pattern, so I put together one thing for the practice purse, then sewed the same thing on the real one, and so on. (This meant changing the thread colour about a hundred times, but it turned out good.)

Here's my sister modelling her bag (white and black) - fortunately, she liked it! There is a heart inside the lining since she's my sis Smiley Then there is me modelling my bag, the green one - it actually goes with a lot of my clothes, but today I was wearing a black ballerina skirt which may not be the best combination.

Here goes:


(I bought the fabric in a small town in Sweden, so I doubt that will help you, but thanks for asking!)

Here's how I did it:

* I cut a piece of paper the size I wanted the bag plus seam allowance. This turned out to be 23x27 cm, and I cut another piece of paper the width the belt should be to fit the d-rings, again including seam allowance.

* Then I drew the "pattern" onto the fabric, starting with the belt so I was sure there would be enough fabric. I cut the squares for the bag and the lining the same size.

* I made an opening where I wanted the zipper to be, in both the outer and inner fabric, the same width as the zipper. At first I didn't make it fit but a friend told me to cut a couple of small arrows by the opening,
like this:   >----------<  Then I could make a neat rectangular opening.

* I sewed the zipper loosely by hand to the front fabric, then sewed it on properly.

* Then I sewed together the pieces for the lining, and then the outer fabric so I had two pockets.

* I fit the lining into the outer fabric and made sure the zipper was in front of the zipper opening in the lining, then I sewed the zipper through both layers of fabric. This means there are two seams around the zipper, but I think that looks good and feels more secure.

* I sewed together the top of the purse, just straight across.

* I ironed the fabric for the belt carefully so it would fold in the right places even without pins.

* I pinned the purse inside the belt and then sewed together the belt. I added a seam at the top of the belt for symmetry.

* Then I checked how long the belt should be, cut it off, sewed around the edges and added the d-rings.

* I also made a little holder ring for the belt.

The finished bag measures 25 x 22 cm and holds several small things like a wallet, mobile phone, passport, small guide book and keys.

Hope this makes sense! Smiley


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25  Cute airplane bead / shrink plastic luggage tag, decorated pirate mug in Completed Projects by antigone on: February 28, 2006 10:30:13 AM
Just some new stuff of mine...

Here's a luggage tag I made from shrink plastic, beads and pink elastic:

An action shot of my cute new cabin size suitcase:

And to fit even better into the category miscellaneous; here's a pink skull mug (my work mug) which I decorated with glitter:

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26  Tiny journal featuring a somewhat nervous whale in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by antigone on: February 02, 2006 01:35:15 PM
I made this today for someone on www.postcardx.net who sent me a lovely gift. She likes whales and the ocean so I made a small (9.5 x 9.5 cm) blank book with green and blue pages for ocean colours, and a whale with a crooked smile on the cover. I bound it using a Rollabind binding machine.

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27  Embroidered self portrait - 2nd embroidery out of 2 total in Needlework: Completed Projects by antigone on: January 28, 2006 09:57:28 AM
I've only embroidered two things (not counting the odd cross stitch embroidery when I was a child): a couple of flowers on a black jacket and this self portrait which I made last year. Haven't embroidered since. First I took a rather bad webcam photo; then I wanted to try this embroidery thing. I held the fabric and the photo up against a window, but couldn't see through it, so I just looked at the picture and embroidered away. I just did it instinctively, and I was happy with the result.

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28  Purple square necklace - simple but cool! in Beads: Completed Projects by antigone on: January 28, 2006 08:18:16 AM
This is a necklace I made a while back and I've worn it a lot. It was really simple to make. I saw the "pattern" on a website somewhere with round beads, but I wanted a squared one.

Here's how:

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29  Mixed paper colourful journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by antigone on: January 09, 2006 01:18:48 PM
This is a mixed paper blank book (my current journal) which I made a few days ago. I bound it using a similar binding to this: http://personal.mem.bellsouth.net/d/r/drv1913/0204.html . I covered it with this textured, bright yellow paper and stamped the sun image.



Inside pages, one with star book fold:

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30  Some wire and glass bead bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by antigone on: January 09, 2006 11:26:43 AM
This is a bracelet I made for myself using glass beads, Swarovski crystal and wire:

and here are three bracelets which I am sending to unsuspecting people on http://www.postcardx.net

close up:

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