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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP >with a scarf (accomplished a hat tho!!) on: November 16, 2008 09:00:35 AM
Hi gang

I don't normally knit, I am a big time sewer however; winter is here and my kids are just about fed up w/ fleece hats that are sewn... so I decided to get into the groove of things and started knitting again.

I found this basic pattern for a hat done on circular needles, then towards the end you change out to dpn to finish it. My first hat came out great except for the fact ........ OMG it was HUGE!!! it was like a hat that wouldn't even fit George Lopez head! lol.

anyhow, as i was trying to figure out what the heck i did wrong, it ended up that the instructions given were basic instructions but at the very bottom (which i missed) it said that if you are a continental knitter to go down a size in needles. Which i am a continental knitter. So I went down a size in the needles and wala the second hat came out great and my neice was home from a college break and she took it back w/ her so I dont' have it to post a pic. I am now working on a second one for my daughter that will match her winter coat (hot pink)

Huh NOW, i want to make my daughter a scraf to match this hat.............but as i recall years before when i did more knitting then i do now, that every scarf i made alway tend to roll on both sides (edges) how do i avoid that?  Huh I want this scarf to lay nice and flat.........any suggestions?

My daughter's hat i am doing in a basic 4ply yarn, i believe it's red heart or caryon (single yarn) using 4mm needles. When i finish it, i will post a pic (just promise not to laugh!lol)

Thanks for any help or suggestions!  Grin

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Shower Caddy! An entire collection! NOW w/ caddy TUTE page 2 IMG HVY 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:


3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Matching set of cosmetic bags....One with vinyl lining 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
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / patchwork purse. Used left overs from a prior purse 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!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Laptop carrier, 3-D front pocket and quilted it some of it! (img hvy) 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!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / {IMG HHVVYY} TWO MORE OH i LOVE this pattern! 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)

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I did it!! Mini Messenger bag (IMG HVY) {heart of mary version} 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!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / recycled newspaper purse! I think this is just too cute not to share! 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!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / those swivel hooks and Drings ....where do u buy as set?? on: August 07, 2008 06:18:04 PM
hello everyone!

  I want to make some of those wristlet / pouches and i found a wonderful tut here on crafters. I did just make one and it came out as the tut calls, however; i have one problem, at my local craft store i found the swivel hooks that are used for these type of wristlets.. they are silver but it's like a fake silver-real shinny like.. BUT they did not carry D rings. I could only find Drings at JoAnn's and they don't match the same metal they used as the swivel hook, nor did they carry the coorosponding size that matches the swivel hook.

In other words, The swivel hook is like a 1/2" loop at the end in a nice shinny silver....... and the only D rings i could find were 3/4" and they are not that shinny silver, they are more like a belt buckle metal...Does anyone know where i can find swivel and D rings that match in color/same metal and size?

The D ring i had to use looks TERRIBLE and very masculine looking oppose to the entire wristlet & swivel handle.. it just ruined the entire look :-(

Thanks for any help!!!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My version of a belt strap, purse 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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