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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HELP ME BEFORE I GO INSANE!!! on: July 11, 2008 06:31:33 AM
Hello Everyone

I hope you are all well and crafting happily.

I have a dilemma and need help.

I sew and would very much like to use felt as a new medium - have some great ideas in my head at the moment I would like to get out.  The felt I have is 30% wool and 70% viscose/rayon and am needing to know what type of interfacing I will need to use.  Would it be medium weight iron on or sew in or heavy weight sew in.  I have Googled till my eyes are sore and my fingers are bleeding from typing in different wordings and nothing.  So if anyone can help me I will be very grateful to you.

BTW: the bags will be lined in polycotton fabric that will be interfaced with light weight iron on interfacing.

Thank you all in advance.


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jordy Bag (My Take Of) on: June 01, 2008 12:26:59 PM
Dear Betty Bat

Thank you for your lovely feedback on my bags - it is much appreciated.

Actually, one of my future Jordy Bag ideas is to make a longer strap but to coincide this with a larger sized bag - maybe also the shorter strap with a larger sized bag.  As for the magnets: when I first did one on another bag it was through un-interfaced polycotton and it was terrible because it was so weak and it showed - by adding the light weight interfacing to the polycotton lining it made the process of adding a magnetic snap so much easier because there is the additional strength to the fabric.  Also, it looks and feels better.

I too am not crazy about open top bags, although the one I use on a daily basis at the moment - when it isn't raining - has no closure to it at all but that was deliberate.  I like the idea of the zip and will definitely give that a go and see how it works out.  I have enough of the fabrics I have already used so may make the bags again but with a zip closure.

I *hate* pockets in bags because I feel that when they have things in them the bag loses its shape in that it is being dragged down from the back so I never put them in although I can do them.  Even when I purchased a bag I never used the inside pocket.

Thanks again for your feedback.

With blessings.

Charlotte xxx.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jordy Bag (My Take Of) on: June 01, 2008 07:15:28 AM
Thank you for your lovely feedback - it is much appreciated.

In response to dftkarin - yes - I did only use the print fabric on one side for the front and a solid colour for the back.  Not only does his cut down on the print fabric (which I can use to make another bag with) but I thought it would look too 'heavy' and 'over-the-top' if the print was on both sides.

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

With blessings.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Jordy Bag (My Take Of) on: June 01, 2008 12:18:22 AM
Hello Fellow Craftsters

Although this is not my first sewing project this is my first listing and hope I have put this in the right place - apologies if I haven't.

The designs below have been inspired by fellow craftster THE JORDY (see link below) so big THANKS to you.  The only thing I did different was to increase the sizes by 1 inch to make the finished results even numbered (don't ask  Grin).  I hope you like my designs.  All bags have the magnetic snap closure.


The black bag with the pink flower design was made from a polycotton skirt that I saw in a charity store for 2.99/$5.98 approx but liked the fabric and thought it would make a nice bag.  It has been lined with polycotton baby pink fabric.  As both outer and lining are polycotton I have lined both fabrics with lightweight iron on interfacing and the result is great.  Not only does the additional interfacing on the lining give the bag additional strength but it also gives it a 'padded' feel. 

The following bags have been made using 100% cotton fabric for the outer and interfaced with medium weight iron on interfacing and lined with polycotton fabric and interfaced with lightweight iron on interfacing.  The results feel great as this gives the bag/s added strength and also a 'padded' feel.

The blue bag has been made using Michael Miller's Comic Strip fabric (I'm going to make another one like this but using red fabric) and has been lined using polycotton white fabric.

The pink bag has been made using Michael Miller's Bon Chic fabric and has been lined using polycotton baby pink fabric.

The black bag has been made using Alexander Henry's Skull and Roses fabric and has been lined using polycotton red fabric.  This is my favourite and I *adore* this fabric to bits.

Feedback both positive and negative would be great.  I have other fabrics in mind with this design and may make the bag in larger sizes.

Thank you for looking and have a great sewing day.

With blessings.

Charlotte xxx
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Hmmm...cat bed or fancy litterbox? on: May 15, 2008 10:25:51 PM
Firstly I can't believe that a cat was going to be put to sleep just because the owner was moving away.  That's awful.  As I write this one of my cat's is playing with a hair clip of mine and chasing it around the sitting room.  I love my cat's to death (I have a mother and son).

This cat-bed-come-poop-house is lovely and I love the fabric as well.  You did a wonderful job with just a pattern-in-your-head and I'm impressed so well done you  Grin.  I don't think she meant to poop in it - was probably a wee bit nervous considering her situation.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Amy Butler Weekender Bag that took a year to finish ;D on: May 15, 2008 10:42:52 AM
You did a great job with what fabric you had so well done on your patience.

I have read quite a few 'Amy Butler Weekender Bag Pattern Horror Stories' to put me off from even buying the pattern let alone making it up - sewing should be fun and not a pain is the arse/ass and Craftster's experiences of making this bag up seem to prove this - even with people who have been sewing for years.  I think there are some Craftster's who have also had problems with the Sofia pattern as well.

However - I am going to buy this pattern (and the Sofia one) and I will make the bag/s up, but first I am going to make a prototype (I have a duvet cover I no longer require) before I decide to make up the 'real thing' and spoil beautiful fabric.  Now that would make me cry  Grin.

I'm very impressed with what you did and don't be put off from making another one.  It is just a pattern - an inanimate object - don't let it beat you.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spring-time journal case. on: May 13, 2008 03:52:50 PM
This is lovely and a nice design as well.  I recently purchased a hard back note book (the pages are brown parcel paper - back to nature look) and you have given me - as well as other Craftsters - the inspiration and ideas to make my own.  Now to look for the 'right' fabric.  Thank you.  Grin
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snacks and stuff bag on: May 13, 2008 04:39:36 AM
This is lovely and you must have a lovely fabric stash because these two are gorgeous - well done  Grin.

Just out of curiosity, what are the dimensions - it looks cubed shaped to me.

9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: 72 cupcakes. on: May 12, 2008 05:11:18 AM
You can never have too many cupcakes - there is no such thing.  These look gorgeous and yummy by the way  Tongue
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: I've declared it my Victory Garden on: May 12, 2008 05:09:14 AM
This is excellent and again on the reclaimed wood.  My Grandpa (Rest His Soul) taught me from a young age how to grow vegetables in planters to keep in the kitchen and elsewhere.  I live in a tenement so this is very useful.  Should do it too so I think you have given me the inspiration too.  Thanks.   Grin
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