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1  Re: Shower Caddy! An entire collection. NOW WITH TUTORIAL pg 2 IMG HVY in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: October 26, 2008 02:25:08 PM
Ok i've never made a tutorial before and at points it maybe very descriptive because I am not sure who will make one and what experience they have sewing. so bare w/ all my details/faults. If you have any questions feel free to PM me!

Here ya go!

First off, as I mentioned, I made this with the fabrics I had left over and I didnt take exact measurements but this tutorial will explain the basics of how I constructed it.

Items needed:
(The amount of fabric is based on your circumference of the caddy.)

1. Fabric A (outside) approx yard
2. Fabric B (inside) approx yard
3. Medium to Heavy fusible weight stabilizer
4. elastic
5. 4 grommets
6. Ribbon (for drawstring. Or you could make your own using fabric.)
7. Two sheets of cardstock or paper
8. Something round to be used as a template which will determine how big your caddy will be.
9. Tape measure
10. Iron

Instructions:  Use a seam allowance.

First: Preparing your base size.
        1. Take your round object and trace the circumference onto your cardstock/paper.
            This is going to be the size of the bottom of the caddy.
        2. Cut your tracing out. I like to use cardstock because it's stiffer and easier to work   

        3. Measure the circumference of the rounded object (or your cutout) with your tape measure. For  this  tute, I will be using 24 as my total circumference. That was the size of my lampshades bottom opening. that i used to make a template.

   4. On your traced cut out write down what your total circumference was so you dont  forget.

    5. Set this aside for now.

Next: Cutting Fabric sides:

1. Determine how tall you want your caddy. My height was 15 as my finished height.

2. Cut both fabrics, A & B, in a rectangle shape 24 (the circumference of your circle) x 15 inches. The half inch
allows for the seam allowance.

3. Cut 2 pieces of fusible stabilizers to fit these rectangles and fuse to fabric.

Next: Cutting outer pockets:

     With fabric A (main outside) cut a longer rectangle approximately half the height of your finished project size. Your width is cut the width of your base rectangle plus half and add seam allowance. 

Lining pocket fabric B:
Cut the same width but ADD an inch and a half to height.

Constructing Pocket:

   1. With RIGHT sides together of pocket pieces sew top upper edge (36.5 top edge) using seam   allowance.

   2. Press seam open. (important)

   3. With WRONG sides together and making sure bottom edges of both pieces are even, press again. You   should end up w/ about a half inch of the lining fabric B sticking up over the top edge of the main fabric A.

   4. Stitch in the ditch of joining seam to connect the two pieces and to create a casing for the elastic.

Thread your elastic through casing with out pulling on the elastic. You want the elastic nice and loose for now. Make sure you leave enough elastic on both ends so you can pull later. Pin the elastic at both ends so it wouldnt move during construction of creating the pocket.

Creating the customize pockets:

Try and determine what your pockets will be filled with and then space accordingly.
To sew pockets at any width use this method.

1. Base stitch left side of pocket and basic rectangle A starting right under seam of top edge to temporarily secure the two pieces, using no more then a seam. (Basically, you DO NOT want to catch the elastic at this point so keep the elastic pinned and begin sewing right under elastic at seam.)

2. Start creating a pocket. Make sure you PUFF the fabric to give it some pocket entry. This will tighten a bit at the end once you pull your elastic.
3. Pin all the way down from the pocket stitch in the ditch to lower edge. This is creating the pocket divider.

4. On lower edge, accommodate the excess pocket fabric by pleating and pinning at the bottom.

5. Continue making pockets and pinning off dividers and pleating bottoms of each segment until pocket fabric is used. If there is excess pocket fabric left, just cut evenly with Basic Rectangle A.
      (Shown in picture below are 3 pockets. But you should be able to create at least 6 depending on how wide each pocket is.)

     6. Once everything is pinned off, Starting right under the stitch in the ditch sew a straight line from top to bottom removing pins as you go.

    7. After all dividers are secure, base stitch at lower bottom edge to secure in pleats in place at the bottom.

Pulling Elastic:
1.   Once all dividers are stitched in place, begin to start pulling the elastic from both ends. Doing one side at a time and moving over excess fabric of pockets towards center.
2.   When pulling elastic, make sure the opening of the pocket puckers up/or closes a bit in accommodating the excess fabric being scrunched.
3.   After elastic is pulled and pockets look evenly pulled, stitch over the elastic/casing to hold elastic in place. I recommend that you back stitch several times to really secure this.

Front pocket and outside is complete!

JOINING Fabric A (outer side) to Fabric B(inside.): Side B should already have its fusible stabilizer adhered.

1.   With RIGHT sides together stitch at top edge of both Basic Rectangle pieces

2.   Press seam open
3.   With fabric fully extended out having the lining on the top and the outer fabric on the bottom.With WRONG side facing you, bring the two long sides together and sew a seam down a quarter of the way on the lining side. Leave about a 4 to 5 gap then continue sewing down to the bottom of fabric A. (this gap is for you to invert at the end.
4.   You should be creating a TUBE. Make sure that the seam allowance that attaches the two 
pieces are kept open.

Bottom Circle:

1. Take your original template of the circle you created earlier and cut one of Fabric A and one of fabric B. Cut two stabilizers and iron on each fabric piece.

2. With RIGHT SIDES together pin Fabric A circle to Fabric A opened end tube. This is done a lot easier if you find the 4 centers of each piece and pin to mark then align these four sections first.

(If fabric circle is to small snip around curve to create some ease making sure not to snip past your seam allowance. OR create small pin tucks on the tube side within the pins.)

4.   Sew the circumference at seam allowance.
5.   Do the same procedure to the opposite end with Fabric B lining.


1.   Through the slit of lining pull caddy right side out.
2.   Press upper seam of caddy and top stitch.

3.       OPTIONAL: I cut a base to slide into the bottom using plastic cardboard (corrugated plastic).
          a.   I took my original circle and re traced it on another piece of paper, then I decreased it by a half inch all the  way around and used this for a template to cut the corrugated plastic. If you choose to add a hard base, now is the time to slide this in.

Once round base is in (or Not), stitch up opening gap on lining side.


1.   With upper opened end of caddy laying flat with seam to the far right. Measure 2.5 in from the side and 1.5 inches down from the top edge.

2.    Be careful when making your holes for the grommets to fit in, not to go through the other side. Make 4 individual holes for the grommets at the measurements given. (two on each side.)

Thread your ribbon through the holes using a tie knot bow at the end and then heat sealing the ribbon so it doesnt fray.

WALA youre DONE!

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2  Shower Caddy! An entire collection! NOW w/ caddy TUTE page 2 IMG HVY in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: October 25, 2008 04:31:13 PM
Ok, i was scrimping on fabric but i managed to make a shower caddy with out having to go buy more fabric!

I did a little searching on line to see if there was a free pattern for something like this but i coudlnt' find one so I made my own!

Here it is closed:

Opened with stuff in it:

This pic is a double take. I took one side then flipped to the other so you can see all the pockets:


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3  Matching set of cosmetic bags....One with vinyl lining in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: October 24, 2008 02:04:05 PM
Hi Everyone,
 I thought i'd make my daughter some new makeup bags. One I did from the triangle tute.. the other is sorta off a tute that is given on here, but i changed the dimensions and sorta just wong it as i went. She's away at college and I hope she likes them! I am shipping them to her tomorrow!

 The larger one of the two, I used that Heat n bond iron on vinyl to protect it a bit. I used the vinyl on the inside and the gusset. After seeing these pictures, i wished i would have used matching zippers, but these were the only ones i had here and so i used what i had.



Close up of vinyl lining (and on zipper gusset)

Thanks for letting me share  Grin
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4  patchwork purse. Used left overs from a prior purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: October 19, 2008 07:02:23 PM
Hi gang,
 I thought i'd try this patchwork one! When i bought the 3 fat quarter to do the mini messenger, i thought to myself, there is no way that mini could be made using 3 fat quarters, so at the time, i ended up buying two sets of the three fat quarters, so tonight i decided to give the patchwork purse a try using the extra fat quarters i had purchsed last week..

Altho, i did have to buy another set of fat quarters to do the lining. I could have used something else all together but i decided just to go get more fat quarter and do the lining to match. So basically, this bag was done using 4 or 5 fat quarters.(i think i cut into the second green fat quarter to do the inner zipper pocket, which would make the 5 fat quarters)

Thanks for letting me share!

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5  Laptop carrier, 3-D front pocket and quilted it some of it! (img hvy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: October 18, 2008 12:35:49 PM
Hi gang,
 I made a laptop bag for my daughter without using a pattern. When she went off to college, she purchased this leather/leather-like bag but it's soooooo heavy. She came home for fall break this week and asked me if i could do her one that wouldn't be so heavy. She picked out her fabrics and even tho there are some imperfections here and there,  otherwise, it's quite functionable!

 I actually quilted for the first time using the diamond pattern. It's hard to see in the pics, but there is a diamond quilt running through out the front and back outside of the laptop case. The close up of the gusset shows a little better of the quilting i did.

 I put a raised (3-D) pocket on the front to hold her mouse or power source. Within the pocket i put a strip of fabric w/ velcro ends to hold the cords together. Kinda hard to make out tho, if you don't know what they are.

On the iniside, there are two pockets sorta 2 tiered. The upper one has 3 slots one for the mouse or power source, pencil/pen, then a cell phone or IPOD. The lower pocket runs the entire width of the laptop bag and is for tablets or a book.

Here's the front:

The back:

Close up of front pocket

Inside front pocket

The gusset and close up of the quilting i did:


This took me all day yesterday and then some today! phew..........i am glad it's done, she goes back tomorrow!

Thanks for letting me share!
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6  {IMG HHVVYY} TWO MORE OH i LOVE this pattern! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: October 14, 2008 12:50:44 PM
Hi Gang,
 I made two more of these hipsters/mini messengers!

The first one you see, it was a little small for me so I gave that one too my daughter. Then i decided to attempt to increase it by 2" as well as a wider gusset to fit all my stuff. I wanted more of a purse look, not a messenger look, know what i mean? The only problem i had was i never thought about increasing the strap. I originally made it to follow the original mini messenger..... here, it wasn't wide enough, so i improvised and added wideners on the purse then the strap. I also added two small side pockets for my cell and other stuff on the iniside.

My daughters:

Here's mine. I used 3 coordinating fabrics , 1/2 yard pieces to make this

Hears a close up of the tab i had to make in order to make the strap work for me. I didn't have enough fabric left over to create another whole strap wider..so that's why i chose to do this.

Thanks for letting me share w/ you guys! comments welcome!!! (bad or good hehe)

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7  I did it!! Mini Messenger bag (IMG HVY) {heart of mary version} in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: October 12, 2008 05:09:48 PM
Thanks to the tut on here by 'heartofmary' (here's the post   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272387.0, ) I accomplished the Mini Messenger bag today!!!!!

The first thing the tut says is you need 3 coordinating fabrics. Well, I went thru my stash and this is all i had that were coordinating.... regardless, i think it turned out pretty darn CUTE!

Thanks so much for sharing the tut!

Heres the overall view

Open with flap up

Close up of front pocket:

Back side

Zipper opening:picture shows two differnt angles

inside zipper pocket

on the other side of the inside a reg. pocket

Thanks again for the instructions and for letting me share my project!

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8  recycled newspaper purse! I think this is just too cute not to share! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lowree on: September 14, 2008 08:31:13 PM
Hi Gang,

  I am sure everyone is aware by now of those candy wrapper purses??!! Anywho..I was dying to try one on my own to see if by just looking at a pic of an original Mexican candy wrapper purse if i could possibly attempt one on my own.
  Well, looking at pics, omg it would take a heck of a lot of candy wrappers to do that, so i thought hum, what could i use instead of candy wrappers or potato chip bags that i would have plenty of then i thought.........why not newspaper...got plenty of that laying around.. lol

  The only thing i purchased was some sealant/proctective coating to coat the strips so the paper would be protected by the elements! I didn't even have a new zipper here, so I had recover some cusions a while back and the lady didn't want the old ones, so i took the zipper outta one of the old cusion! So other then the thread and the protective coating, this purse is totally made outta recycled newspaper and totally durable! i sewed/weaved double then what i probably needed too.

I also added here and there, protective tin foil too.... Wink

Tomorrow i am starting one w/ just using the color comic strips/funnies!

with out further ado!

Here's the full view

Here's a close up of the newspapers used

here's the inside

thanks for letting me share!......off to start cutting more strips!

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9  My version of a belt strap, purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: August 06, 2008 08:42:46 PM
Hi gang,
 the other night when crafter's was down, i took the time to read up on lots of posts...
Anyhow, i came across a post to where someone had made these beautiful purses using ordinary (and sometimes not so ordinary) belts as the straps..

I thought, hum, what a GREAT idea! When i make my straps out of fabric, i tend to do them over and over again, because i am very picky w/ my top stitching.....so i thought, using a belt would be perfect for me! I want to thank the person who suggest this wonderful idea.

anyhow, i went to my thrift store today and picked up a couple belts... Some were reallly cute but coming apart.. so i selected ones that looked hardly worn

Here is what i came up w/ today. This belt that i used is a faux patten leather black.. hence why i trimmed the accent bow in black satin...

Thanks for letting me share!

Here's the front

The back ( i added a zipper)

Here's the lining. I had a hard time taking this so it looks a little scrunched.

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10  Reversible HOBO bag/purse. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lowree on: July 27, 2008 06:33:32 PM
Hi Gang!
  I am trying to prepare for a craft show coming up this fall and I have been working on a few purse/bag/tote patterns. Thing is, around here where i live, people want something for nothing, kwim? So the totes/purses I normally do, have a lot more cost in them and ppl just simply don't want to pay my what i call fair price..

  So I was inspired by a hobo bag that i found instructions online, and ended up finding here too, but i imprivised a little (made it larger and added decorations). However, at craft shows, no matter what you sell, you have to have sometype of WOW factor in order to get your items to sell.
  Looking at purses in the stores today, it seems that hobo style bags are more of the trend then what totes are....With that in mind, a friend of mine asked me the other day if i could just make her a reversible carry all.......well, I like the hobo style look, and i racked my brains out today and have come up w/ a reversible hobo bag.

  It's pleated at the top, and there are grommets below that feed a coordinating belt which feeds into the coordinating flap.. If you want to reverse the purse, you just take the belt out, and feed it in the other directions, and wala......a whole new look!

  Opinions would greatly be appreciated on what you think. I want to do one style of purse for the craft show and do it in all kinds of different fabrics.... I am also going to make the triangle make up bag to go w/ the bag.

  Let me know what you think if i should persue this challenge??

Here's the first side A

Here's side B

Here's a close up of the flap

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