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3261  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 new purses on: January 22, 2008 02:52:26 PM
I love how the picture on the body of the purse and the flap lines up so well!  Awesome!  The second one is really cute.  Did you use ribbon for the strap?

I'm not sure that you'd call it ribbon, but it's more ribbon than webbing.  I bought it a while back at Wal-mart and the packaging showed it to be used on belts and for trim and such, similiar to the way you'd use ribbon- but more cloth like and slightly heavier.  Short answer though- pretty much yes  Cheesy
3262  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Look! I lined a crocheted clutch! on: January 22, 2008 11:45:57 AM
This is sooooo cute!!!!  I want to try to make one too... hmmm, I'll have to work on my crocheting skrills though  Huh
3263  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 new purses on: January 22, 2008 11:22:57 AM
Okay, so first of all I've learned a lesson this weekend (but only after a few tries with the mistake).  Stabilizer does NOT, I repeat DOES NOT, work effectively as interfacing in purse making  Sad  I was under the impression, and I have no idea where I got that impression, that I would work the same way.  
At any rate, I made some new cute purses.  They feel a little funny because of the stabilizer, but I still like then and they are still functional.
Purse numero uno:

I just love how this turned out.  I'm trying to sell it at work for $5 but I can't say I'll be terribly upset if it doesn't sell and I'm forced to keep it for myself.
Okay so purse number b

The story behind this one is that I'm quite proud of my design but I made some inevitable mistakes on it so I'm for sure keeping this one for myself.  It was a learning experience though and it was on this purse that I figured out that stabilizer just wasn't cutting it.  That and I won't be using that sort of strapping for the, well, strap again, because it feels chincey.  Anyway, there we go!

PS. I can't wait until my 10 posts are up so I can post real pictures like all the cool kids!   Cheesy
3264  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: What the Tuck ...... on: January 22, 2008 11:12:22 AM
I'll keep an eye out for the tut, for sure!!  nice work, I only currently make purses but really want to do some clothes, I'm just scared out of my mind of the emanate failure  Embarrassed
3265  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Looks like knitting but is not. on: January 19, 2008 09:52:55 AM
Cute!  The lines make me think of a sporty tank top, but the fabric makes it look a little dressier- I love it!!  Cheesy
3266  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first hand-made AND usable items!!! on: January 19, 2008 09:49:37 AM
Thanks guys!!  I appreciate the compliments  Smiley
I am, however, emabarrassed now that I just realized my first link went to one of my wood projects though- it was supposed to go to a picture of the two purses hanging out together on the couch, oops  Shocked
3267  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I don't know what it's called, BUT I MADE IT ! (+2 & tutorial, pic heavy) on: January 18, 2008 10:31:56 AM
I have no fashion knowledge and just called it a cropped, short-sleeved cardigan... he he, but that's me always making up my own names  Cheesy
I love this and as soon as I find a shirt that would work for this I'm doing it and I'll post my results for sure!! I actually liked the look with the collar though, so I'm going to try to do something with leaving it there  Smiley
3268  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Messenger Bag, I love it! on: January 18, 2008 09:05:52 AM
Wow!!!   Shocked
This is so great, I love all the pockets and the corduroy is great, especially in the different colors like you did it.  Very creative, it'll be a while before I feel comfortable enough to tackle something as detailed as this!
3269  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first hand-made AND usable items!!! on: January 18, 2008 09:00:22 AM
Background: I've had my Grandma's ancient sewing maching since she passed 12 years ago.  I didn't use it much because I sucked so bad, which I don't usually suck at crafty things much and don't handle the suckingness too well.  Anyway!  My sewing machine finally took a dump and my Mom bought me a Sew Easy by White for Christmas and guess what!  Turns out I don't completely suck!!  I'm definintely a novice but I can do this!  

I finally got some remnants to play with and decided to make a tote bag.  This first project took me waaaay longer than I expected for a multitude of reasons.  First and foremost, the threading of the new machine.  The diagram could not have sucked more and it took me a good 45 minutes to figure out, but I did and that's what counts  Undecided.
Next, I only had linen and no stabilizer so I doubled up the linen (twice the cutting) and put some batting in between the layers and then spent a good hour hand stitching little frilly designs into it.  
Third issue was that the impatient little girl working at the fabric dept of Walmart impatiently cut my black with white polka dot strapping at 2 yards without my confirming that's what I wanted, and it wound up being way to short.  So I improvised and altered the strapping a bit shorter adding some black w/ pink polka dots that I had just enough of to act as the handles and had to stitch all that together in a manner that would look intentional.  So hours later I did it.  I made a bag that holds a pretty hefty weight so far, and I think, is cute  Grin  

here's the detail of my details, lol.  You can't tell because of the flash but the stitching is in black.

So, then I got to thinking that I really wanted a bag that I could carry around easily all day at the Monster Truck Jam this weekend (tomorrow now) and decided to make a little messenger-style bag.  I went to Joann Fabrics to get my stabilizer and got all caught up in the remnants bin and found, among other things, some pretty green canvas-y fabric.  It wasn't until a few hours later while showing off my booty to a couple coworkers that I realized how great the green canvas stuff would work for my next bag, so I didn't even need the stabilizer but that's okay because believe it or not I have orders for more purses now!!!!  So, I'm sure it will get used.  Anyway, here is my messenger bag!  I plan on putting a patch or something on the flap because it's bit plain right now but anyway...

Interior shot

In addition to these being my first successful projects, this is my first post on craftster.  If it weren't for this site and all the helpful hints and guides I came across during the planning process I'm sure things wouldn't have turned out at all good- so thanks to everyone who posts their things and especially to those who have taken the time to post tutorials!!!  This site has quickly proven to me to be very helpful and I can't wait to make some friends with other crafty peeps  Wink

Love, Marie!
3270  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Mini Duffles on: January 16, 2008 12:21:34 PM
Best tutorial ever!!!!  You laid it out so well, thanks!
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