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1  Finished Crib Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Jennalynn on: April 10, 2010 06:12:56 PM
I haven't been able to sew for awhile... work got the best of me.  But I really wanted to make a quilt for my friends baby shower tomorrow so I pulled a few late nights and just finished today.

It's tied, not quilted... that's all I had time for!

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2  Laptop Tote from 4 Placemats in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Jennalynn on: May 05, 2008 03:37:27 PM
I got these placemats, Martha Stewart for KMart, at a local odd lot store.  $1.49 each!

They are made of grosgrain ribbons sewn together.

I used 4 of them to make this laptop tote.

I lined it with some left over Amy Butler fabric I had.

It's keeps it's structure and protects the computer with a layer of stiff interfacing and a layer of fusible fleece.
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3  Yes, it's another Amy Butler Frenchy ; ) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jennalynn on: April 30, 2008 11:33:33 AM
I just completed this for a friend who ditched her stressful NYC job and moved to KY to work with horses.

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4  First New Purse of 2008 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jennalynn on: January 07, 2008 01:40:18 PM
Feeling a need for a new tote for the new year.

No pattern.  Just yardage, a sharp pencil, some kraft paper and a dream ; )

I love using upholstery fabric in bags.  It's so strong and holds it's shape so well.  I did use a fairly sturdy interfacing on both the exterior and the lining. I wanted it to be structured even empty.   The sides each have a pocket (cell phone, keys).  And there is a pocket inside the lining as well. 

This is also my first foray into snaps.

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5  Re: Made My Own Pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jennalynn on: October 20, 2007 12:24:36 PM
I finished the second bag...

I fixed some of the mistakes of version 1, but made new ones ; )

The handles are set a little too far a part, but livable.

The inside:


Still very simple, no closure, only a pocket sewn onto the lining. 

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6  Re: Made My Own Pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jennalynn on: October 19, 2007 10:10:45 AM
So here's the interior...

It highlights my biggest mistake in the creation of this pattern.  I knew how I wanted the handles to look on the outside, but I didn't really think the three steps ahead... So when I attached them, toward the end of construction, the stitches stupidly went over the simple pocket I had sewn onto the lining.

It was, in retrospect, an obvious mistake and an easy fix.  But isn't everything easier in hindsight?  I'm finding it very interesting how things evolve! 

In version 2.0, which is almost done, it's all good. Handles attached much sooner in the process, and it's all much neater.  Of course new mistakes were made ; )

Version 3.0 should be almost perfect, but I think it may entail a trip to the fabric store for some inspiration!
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7  Made My Own Pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Jennalynn on: October 18, 2007 01:55:33 PM

This is my first attempt at making my own pattern (and my first attempt at placing pictures here!)

I found elements I liked in a few different bags and I put them together and came up with this.  It's simple I know, but it's a start ; )

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