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11  Re: Purse of Any Kind Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Fury-inc on: March 29, 2005 07:28:08 AM
I hope my partner has received her purse, so I hope his doesn't ruin the surprise.  She said she wanted something big-ish, retro, liked orange and brown, and what do you know...I had this fabric just waiting to happen!

I hope these handles work out! It was the first time I tried something like this, so I'm really nervous.

I made a small bag to go with it for the little things that always seem to migrate to the bottom and you hate rummaging for!

Hope it gets there soon!
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12  Re: looking for tutorial for this Coach bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by Fury-inc on: March 29, 2005 07:21:17 AM
Hey aribobari

One way to go about making this bag is as follows - it is similar to a jordy, but without the straps to make it stay square, you're top will flare out.

Cut two pieces of fabric like this.  The size of the two little squares at the bottom will determine the width of your base and how much it flares - the bigger they are the wider your base.

Sew the bottom of these two pieces together - fabric right sides together.

To attach the straps, flip this over and attach the straps as shown (I didn't draw the loops of the straps, but they would be at the top and bottom of this pic now - make sense?)  Don't attach the straps all the way to the edges of the bag - it will distort it and ruin any closure you want to add.  Stop about 3cm from the top.

Close the bag so that your 2 sides are right sides together again and sew up the sides as shown.  Now you can box the corners - in other words pinch the corners like you would for a "jordy" bag. The difference is just that you don't have the whole point, just the square, so you line op the bottom and side seams to make one line - again, does that make sense?

Voila, your shape.  If you want a lining, cut two pieces from your lining, and sew the bottom and sides (minus straps) and then box the corners.  Put the outside "bag" inside the lining "bag", right sides together and sew along the top, leaving open a gap.  Turn out through the gap, and close the gap by hand or either stitch along the top close to the edge to neaten it.

There you go!
If you have any question, feel free to ask.
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13  Starry starry ...um....pink? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Fury-inc on: March 02, 2005 05:59:24 AM
I made this bag for the Hot pink purse swap, and felt that I had to share it here!  

The inside is lined with black, with a small inside pocket and two compartments for pens, llipgloss etc - hopefully  Wink.  Both the lining and fabric were interfaced, and it closes with a black zip.  Other than that...pretty normal - it does taper towards the top though, as i didn't want it to be a solid squarish bag.  The stars are felt, and it has a little pocket on the outside too.

Hope you like!  Grin
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14  Straight laced in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Fury-inc on: January 31, 2005 03:39:35 AM
Hi all

I've been trying my own take on the corset purses that seem to pop up all over.  I don't want too corsety a look, rather more the lace and satin etc feel of it, but love the general shape and feel.

So here are my versions:

The light one is a champagne coloured satin chocolate brown lining and a snap closure at the top, nmot visible from the outside, while the other one is a dark green satin with an aqua tinge, and is lined in grey.  The colour doesn't show up so well here, but trust me when I say it's not blue!.

It was a little  difficult getting the colours to show right without the satin blinding you with all that shininess.....I should really try and get better pics of these at some point...Sorry   Wink

Enjoy, and I hope you like them.
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15  Hot pink Deep red in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Fury-inc on: January 27, 2005 01:11:30 AM
I made these small bags this week, just playing around with some fabric I bought.

They are lined with silk - almost like pyjama silk, and both are interfaced to give them better shape, and both close with zips.

The pink one is lined in a lavender silk with bright pink, purple and blue ovals and silver dots, with a small pocket inside.   The pocket at the back is divided in two and closes with two snaps, with the edge of the pocket lined with co-ordinating beads.  the front is felt applique with silver glitter fabric paint around the edges.

The red one has white felt hearts and beads on the front and a big pocket on the back closes with a snap and also has beads on the edge of the pocket.  The lining inside is red with small white hearts, and it also has a small inside pocket.

I still have another pink one and red one to finish, as well as a purple one..Thought and comments welcome!

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16  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Fury-inc on: January 20, 2005 11:48:12 PM
Well...his was my christmas gift kinda....it took me a long time to find something i was happy with and I found the design on deviantart and then changed it a little....

i love it - despite a glaring little error - but lets leave it at that...  the guy is apparantly good, and well-known, as is the whole shop, but I now have my doubts....
That being said - i still love it...maybe someday i'll expand it...take the design further, but for now...that's me!

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17  D.O.A. - black bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Fury-inc on: December 13, 2004 11:37:02 PM
I've had the idea for this for quite some time, but have been a bit busy.  The bag is small, and made from black corduroy with a cotton lining that I've had for a very long time, so I thought I should probably use it at some point.

It has a long shoulderstrap from black webbing, and a front pocket on the outside also lined and with a velcro closure.  I think I'll be adding a closure of some kind to the flap so that it doesn't flop around.

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18  Re: Hallowe'en - Skull & Spider bag tutorial added in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Fury-inc on: November 17, 2004 10:51:26 PM
Youre friendly neighborhood spiderbag.

I pushed up the light in the pics so that the black would be visible, so they might look funny in some cases  Smiley

1.  Get the fabric you want to use for the outside and lining, and also some interfacing (sew-in or fusible)

2.  Decide on how big you want the bag I used a dinner plate as template, and cut 2 from the fabric and 2 from lining.  I use fusible interfacing, so where I refer to the fabric, this includes the interfacing.

3.  For the legs, I cut 8 pieces, about 14cm long and 8cm wide.  Remember, these will be tubes and stuffed, so their finished width will only be about 3.5cm.  You can make the legs longer, shorter, different colours, fatter, thinner etc.  This is a bag where you can really play around with how you want the spider to look.

4.  On one of the lining circles, mark out the position of your zipper (Sewpixie tutorial).  Try to make you zip not too long, so hat its not too close to the edges of your circle.

5.  From here, the zipper part is the same as the sewpixie tutorial.  Place your lining and fabric right sides together and stitch around the edges of the block youve marked for the zipper.  Cut the slit in the stitched pocket, and pull the lining through.  Youre lining and fabric will now be wrong sides together. Check up at the top for the same method as used for the skull just imagine a circle instead of the rectangle.

This is what it looks like open:

6.  Add the eyes, and any other embellishments you like now, stitching them to the fabric only not the lining as well.  The reason I dont do it earlier is so that I can use the zip as ruler of sorts.  Everything must be aligned relative to the zip, otherwise, if you add eyes etc, and you have trouble with the zip, it might look a bit disorganized.    Leave the zip open halfway from here on when working.  Just so its easier if you want to turn it out.

7.  Again, have fun here, you can do anything to the spider here.  On the bottom fabric you can add stripes or a big fat circle as part of he spiders body.  On top, if you want to be more entomologically correct  Smiley add multiple eyes, or googly eyes.

8. For the legs, when you have your sizes decided etc, make a tube by folding the material in half, right sides together, and then stitch the long edge closed from top to bottom before you get to the bottom, close off the tube as shown below. 

This will give the legs a pointed tip.  You can trim the toe before turning the fabric, so that you dont have that whole lumpy bit in the tip just trim it about cm from where you sewed.  The pic bellows shows the tube before stitching, with the line drawn as I sew it.  The right hand one is already turned inside out, so the right side is outside.  I use a loop turner to turn them inside out.

9.  Stuff the leg with stuffing/fluff, not too firm, but not too floppy, although this is entirely up to you.  Dont fill it all the way to the top, eave about 2cm clear at the top for you to attach the legs.

10.  Finish off all the legs, and now youre ready for the teeth. Cut two shapes as below remember you have to turn them inside out, so make provision for a seam allowance, and the fact that you have to stuff them.

11. Cut them out and fold in half, edges together and right sides together (I used cotton for the teeth).  Sew along the edge, leaving the top open to stuff later.  Youll see that the tooth will take on a curved shape after youve sewed it and turned it out.

Stuff the teeth, and then sew the open edges shut.  Why for the teeth and not the legs well the teeth have a bigger opening, and because theyre so short, the stuffing tends to want to jump out.  It also makes them easier to attach, where the legs youve left yourself the unstuffed 2cm at the top.

12.  Here comes the fun part.  Pin the legs to the right side of the bottom fabric as below, and then stitch each leg onto the fabric about cm.  Do the same for the teeth.  The curve of the teeth must show towards the fabric so they curve down when the bag is done.  You want this stitching to be inside the seam allowance so that its not visible after youre finished with the bag.

Dont try and pin the legs and attach the top section all in one go, as the legs tend to move, and its going to get quite cramped in there are you can see.  At the same time you can also add youre strap now.  I usually attach mine between legs 2 & 3 which should be where the middle of the body is.
Imagine the body in 4 sections so that you can place the teeth and legs.

13.  When all the legs and teeth are attached, along with the strap, its time to attach the top section with the zip.  Place the top section of the fabric on top of this piece, right side together and pin in place.  Check that your teeth and eyes match up, in other words, you dont want the spider looking at his own butt.

You have to make sure all the legs are inside along with the strap before you start stitching you dont want the toe of a leg getting caught in the seam.  This can be the difficult part, since youre working through quite a few layers of cloth.  This is why I said to leave the legs unstuffed at the top, so that you dont have to try stitching through stuffing as well.  The stuffing can be wiggled and moved around to sit evenly when youre done.

Youll now have the fabric section completed, inside out.  Attach the other lining section to the exposed lining part of the piece you just completed.  Place the lining pieces right sides together, pin and stitch.  REMEMBER to leave a gap to turn the bag through.  When done, turn the bag through the hole you made and stitch the gap closed either by hand or machine I prefer doing this bit by hand.

14.  Thats it!  The spider is basically 2 circles sewn togethervery simple. 


Here he is hanging around as spiders do.  The eyes are felt appliqu that I did with the machine you can do any shape/size you like here.

Now for all the moms and people who love spiderman, a few suggestions:

For kids, this bag is about the right size to sit on a kids back, so

Instead of adding in a strap, take legs 1 and 4, put Velcro or some other fastening on the toes, and youll have a nice, flat backpack.  This bag is not designed to carry huge amounts of stuff just the basics, and for kids Im thinking thats usually sweets etc.  Wink (I kow that's what I'd have in there.)  Just make sure to measure around the shoulders (use an existing backpack to help here) and divide that length in 2 (plus a little for good measure) for the length of each leg.  If you dont want to do that, just make legs 1 and 4 one long strap on each side that can slip over the shoulders.

Have fun..and share you hatchlings!
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19  Re: Mirabilia Mermaid of the Pearls cross stitch in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Fury-inc on: November 09, 2004 09:41:59 AM
I found this Q&A in a magazine, and I think if you're concerned with beads getting lost or just want to make doubly sure they stay, this could be a good thing to try.  I think next time I do beading on pattern, this might be something to look at.

Hope it helps.
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20  Back-pack for baby-stuff in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Fury-inc on: November 06, 2004 01:29:02 PM
So, as someone who doesn't have kids (only 1 dog, three cats and 1 boyfriend - do any of them count?), it was an experience making a diaper bag in the form of a backpack.

It had to have one of those little elastic pockets for a cup/bottle, and not be too big, or too small, and have a flap, and pockets etc etc....oh..and be sturdy and tough to be washed regularly.  Oh, and still be pretty - or so the person who wanted it asked/ordered/demanded?

And then, clever person that I am  Tongue , I attempt my first backpack....aaaaaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!   Huh This has got to be the most time-consuming thing I've tried yet.  I know it's because I was figuring it out as I went, but still...

So here it is.  It's about an 30cm x 40cm, with a little pocket on the side, one big one in the front, and the ittle bottle.cup holder thingie on the side.  It's light blue denim, lined in cotton.

Comments welcome, as well as fingerpointing and telling me what a sucker I am for trying this!
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