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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rounded purse - pretty on the inside, and a question on: September 18, 2006 08:44:43 AM
Here's a purse I made a couple of days ago. I drew the shape of the bag on a large piece of paper before I started, just to make sure it would be even. I really like the inside fabric; it's from Ikea. The large button is a spare button from a new cardigan I bought! The purse closes with elastic but I'm probably going to change it to thin ribbon.

I like the purse and it's really roomy and comfortable. However, it's a bit sagging towards the top middle, whether I close it or not. Any advice for that? I used medium heavy (I guess) interfacing.

There is one inside pocket, pen holder and key holder:

Action shot! I'm home sick and in sick clothes, but what the heck:

22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Flower journal / blank book I made last night on: September 18, 2006 08:36:10 AM
Here's a book I made last night. I'm going to use it to write short stories / outlines in since I'm feeling writing inspired at the moment. (I'm home sick and was bored but ok enough to craft for a while!)

I bought the flower paper in Italy this past summer and it's great to work with. The Ex libris-label was bought in a shop here in Sweden. I trimmed it down and attached it to a small piece of flower paper. (Sorry the pics turned out dark and low quality!)

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered Bird Bag on: August 11, 2006 03:58:36 AM
Bag title: Embroidered Bird Bag



24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two new messenger bags! Bird and tree & practical pockets :) Img heavy on: August 04, 2006 09:55:13 AM
These are two of my newest bags. (No patterns used; I just made them up.) Here's my tree bag; I love it. (I've posted a smaller purse with swirly tree embroidery before in case it looks familiar.) It has lots of practical pockets:

I also wanted a smaller messenger bag so I made this one (just finished last night). I didn't know what to embroider on the flap but someone near & dear suggested I zoom in on the birds around the tree on the previous bag which I thought was a really cool idea, like a macro pic of part of the tree bag.

It is lined with fabric from a scarf which I cut in two pieces length-wise (it was really wide), so I'm going to hem it and have a matching scarf and bag... Cheesy

With all my stuff inside:

Close up of the embroidery:

And the obligatory action shot:

Both bags together:

Hope ya like!  Cheesy

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craft ideas for people who have had strokes? (One-handed crafting) on: June 11, 2006 02:03:38 AM
Next week I'm having a craft session with a group of people who have suffered strokes, and many of them can only use one hand. (We will have assistants though.) The students are between 40 and 75 years old, I think, and the budget is limited. Supplies will have to be easy to find since I live in a small town in Sweden.

The crafts I'm most into are book binding, jewelry making, paper crafts, photography, sewing.

The teacher responsible for the group says they will probably like being able to take something home, like a painted / printed t-shirt or tote bag. I suggested making star fold books since they should be reasonably easy to make with one hand (and the help of assistants) and are very decorative.

Do you have any other ideas? I'm feeling slightly blocked, and also worry that just because I like a craft it doesn't mean that others will... (although that has happened before) Thanks in advance for any suggestions!  Kiss
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Flowery summer bag a.k.a. the Happy Bag (strap tutorial added, pg 2) on: May 07, 2006 01:31:54 PM
Here's a purse I made two days ago. It was my first Serious Lining with a zippered interior pocket, and since I once again pretended to know what I was doing I'm happy with it. The fabric was inspiring and happy looking (bought in the town where I live, in Sweden, in case you want to know). The flap closes with velcro. I winged it again; no tutorial or pattern.

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black and white bag on: May 02, 2006 12:41:06 PM
Here's a bag I made yesterday. It's rather small but holds a lot of stuff. There is one pocket on one of the sides (for a mobile phone) and one on the inside. (I didn't follow a pattern or tutorial; I just winged it. The shape turned out just fine though.)


28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered tree purse 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.

29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Vintage car accordion fold album 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.

30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered tree purse 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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