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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for ear muffs? on: December 29, 2003 06:49:12 PM
A friend of mine is having trouble finding ear muffs in the stores. Has anyone made their own ear muffs? Any suggestions?

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Picture coin purse [text only tutorial] on: December 14, 2003 09:40:50 PM
This is a variation of Jennifer Knapp's "Happy Smiling Wallets" from the excellent craft book Retro Revamp. Jennifer uses pictures and a laminator to make wallets. I use pictures, magazine clippings, maps etc and clear contact people OR a small laminator (I have one of those and I love it!) to make little coin purses.

Pictures, magazine clippings or other papers, clear contact paper, stick on Velcro, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, glue stick, scissors. There are a few variations on this project, I'll touch on that as we go on.

Cut your paper into strips that are about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. I add rounded edges to the top of the paper strips.

Fold your paper strip into a coin purse shape.
(inside view)

(outside view)

Glue on any pictures or images that you want to add to the front of the purse.


Cover with a strip of clear contact paper that's long enough to cover both sides of the paper strip.

Trim any excess contact paper and fold the strip back into purse shape and whip stitch the sides with the embroidery needle and floss.


Add a piece of sticky Velcro to the back side of the purse.


And you're done! A variation on the project is using a laminator instead of the contact paper and using a stapler instead of the embroidery needle and floss.


Finished coin purses:

I'm planning on making these for my coworkers and filling them with band aids, safety pins, etc. as purse-sized 'emergency kits.'
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cheap Frills and Retro Revamp on: December 07, 2003 09:16:41 AM
These are two of the coolest craft books I've ever seen:

Cheap Frills

Retro Revamp

Both books are by Jennifer Knapp.

"Cheap Frills" is now out of print (boohoo!) though you can get a used copy. Cheap Frills has all kinds of projects, from the very simple (add lace to a tank to make it "Kiki's Parisian Boudoir t-shirt") to the less simple ("Movie Star Handbag").
"Retro Revamp" has the coolest funky projects, including "Dashboard Shrines," "Divine Dresser," and my personal favorite, "Happy Smiling Wallets."
Both books have large color photos for most projects and are highly recommended!!
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