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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Screen printed hedgehod tote. on: January 30, 2008 08:33:09 PM
Aw! How cute!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse & Tote on: January 30, 2008 08:32:41 PM
I went to visit my parents last week for the first time since Ive been married (almost 4 months!) so I wanted to try out some bag skills for my mom. *grin*

The first bag is a large tote for her office supplies, books, notebooks, etc. I used this tutorial for the shape and made it 30% larger. There is an outside pocket with button-flap closure and inside there is a slit-lined pocket and pencil pocket. It went together really well and looks awesome. I just interfaced the primary fabric but interfacing the lining would make it stiffer/nicer. Also, I made a cardboard insert for the bottom to hold it stiff. I have learned my lesson to use stronger interfacing/quilting for sure.

Bag:

Outside pocket:

Inside pockets:

And a couple adorable tissue holders:


This bag went together in about half a day.much different than the next.

The purse gave me SO much trouble! I made it for my mom and spent way too many hours figuring it out and many more hours ripping seams and being completely frustrated.

Pros: adorable matching ribbon trim, pockets inside, three pockets lining the outside bottom, cute fabric, and my mom loved it. Cheesy

Cons: I wanted a zippered gusset but it didnt work out, the interfacing wasnt stiff enough, Im still learning. Cheesy

Purse:

Two ribbon-folded bows on the front: (the bottom one goes through a button-hole to hold the pocket up and separate it a bit)

Ribbon tie top: (I attempted a zippered gusset but my machine didnt like sewing through that much bulk. *sad*)

Credit card divider with pocket behind for money:

Zippered pocket with invisible zipper as it was all I had:


Thanks!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Zipper pocket (messenger bag & jordy bag) on: January 30, 2008 08:18:03 PM
Tried it twice more and they turned out much better. I used interfacing and was very very careful. *grin*

The pink is the lining and the black is the lining pocket.


Invisible zipper! It's all I had. Cheesy
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Zippers, snaps on: January 24, 2008 12:35:24 PM
I'm looking for a good supplier for zippers (all sizes/colors) and magnetic snaps for bags.  I've searched Craftster but I couldn't pull anything up. Any suggestions? I have been buying in store but that is expensive!

Thanks!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Super Cute Wallet! on: January 17, 2008 11:40:25 AM
Worked nicely for me! I made two but the second was too bulky for my machine to accept. Fun project and quick.


6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My daughter's first birthday cake on: January 17, 2008 08:33:54 AM
How lovely! You did awesome, especially for your first try. I've never used fondant...it looks fun though.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Zipper pocket (messenger bag & jordy bag) on: January 16, 2008 01:12:20 PM
Thank you, Punka. I'll try again...I think my pivots were pretty straight but I'll be more obsessive about it. Cheesy I wasn't planning on putting zippers in the two I've done so far. I'm about to recut the lining and I'll try again. Thanks!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Zipper pocket (messenger bag & jordy bag) on: January 15, 2008 01:11:59 PM
This is a great tutorial! I have used it twice in bags but I'm having trouble getting mine as flat. I mark the rectangle and sew around it and then cut horizontally down the middle with the arrow ends and turn through and iron. But no matter how much I iron I still have little bunches at the corners. What am I doing wrong? I've tried this a couple different ways but I can never get it to smooth out.

Attached are some photos of my pockets. I'm not including zippers but that shouldn't matter, should it? The second one I just focused on the corner is why the rest is so non-ironed in appearance.



Help! Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kleenex Cozies ***Tut added for 2 tone cozies pg 3*** on: January 13, 2008 05:38:02 PM
I took the tissues out as well. If I wanted to keep the plastic in I would just slit a hole in the top like suggested. That would be good to keep them cleaner, I think.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kleenex Cozies ***Tut added for 2 tone cozies pg 3*** on: January 13, 2008 01:17:17 AM
These are so cute! The tutorial was so fast and easy - thanks!

Mine below.
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