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11  Re: Small Mystery Swap Send by July 1st in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pinklrt on: June 15, 2008 03:15:23 PM
I have finished my small project and am started on the large I am making. All that talk about hitting the fabric store and I ended up finding the perfect fabric in my stash. And in just the right amount. Here is a little teaser pic of the fabric I'll be using:

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12  Flower Fun Toddler Backpack in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pinklrt on: June 14, 2008 05:51:16 PM
I whipped up this little backpack for my 3-year-old daughter to use as a carry-on bag for our vacation last week. I used a coloring book to get the approximate measurements and then completely winged it from there. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and my 3-year-old was pretty thrilled to have a backpack that was full of fun airplane toys.

I was able to make the bag itself from 2 Fat Quarters, plus scraps for the front pockets. I used fusible fleece to give the bag some shape, then embellished with colorful buttons. The flap closes with Velcro.

Front view:

I especially like the flowers on the lower left pocket.  Grin

Back view:

The buttons are just decorative on the straps. I sewed the straps several times to make sure they were sturdy, so the buttons just hide all those extra stitches.

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13  Messenger Style Diaper Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pinklrt on: May 26, 2008 06:03:34 AM
This is my first post to show off one of my completed projects.  Grin

I've gone through a ridiculous number of bags trying to find the perfect diaper bag. I came to the conclusion that I'd have to make it myself to get everything I wanted out of a bag. I used Butterick 4560 as the basic design and made several modifications to suit my needs. I'm really happy with the finished project - not only did I end up with a diaper bag that I really like, I also conquered my fear of zippers and sewed three of them total.

And here are the pics...

Front. The flap closes with a magnetic snap. There are pockets on each side for a sippy or water bottle. The flap lifts up to reveal a zippered pocket for all of my stuff.

Inside the zippered front pocket under the flap. I added dividers inside for my wallet, cell phone, a pen, and sunglasses. I also put a key fob in there that isn't showing up in the picture.

Back. It's hard to tell, but there is a big pocket here that holds a matching changing pad.

Inside. There is a large zippered pocket in the back, pockets on each side, and two elastic pockets in the front. I sewed a small zippered cosmetics pouch (can't see it, it's tucked inside a pocket) and I also made a small pacifier purse that can easily be removed.

To make the bag sturdy, I used the thickest fusible fleece I could find at the fabric store on the outer fabric. I also put a piece of an old political campaign sign in the bottom of the bag to help it keep the shape.

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