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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Feminist theme bag and flowery zipper pouch on: May 06, 2008 09:05:20 AM
I made these for my friend's birthday. I am planning a nice bag for her, but didn't have time to get it done before her birthday, so I made the zippered pouch out of the fabrics the bag will be made of. The idea is that the zippered pouch can go in the bag and hold a lightweight bag so she always has it with her, since she tries to avoid using plastic bags but tends to forget to take an extra bag out with her.

The transfer paper I used for the picture on the side of the bag turned out pretty badly, and it's already started to peel a bit. Any suggestions for avoiding that in future?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hairband - first non-garter stitch knitting on: May 06, 2008 08:51:44 AM
I just picked out a diagonal rib pattern from a stitch dictionary online and cast on a bunch of stitches and set off. It took what seemed like an unreasonable amount of time and somehow I managed to reverse the direction of the ribbing a couple of times accidentally, but I like it. In the picture it's piled on top of the beginner knitter's obligatory garter stitch scarf which may be finished by the time winter comes around again!

Does anyone know how I would go about intentionally switching the direction of the diagonal with this stitch pattern- I like how it looks even if it was an accident. Might I have just put the thing back on the needles wrong after frogging a bit to fix a mistake? I did that a couple of times?

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / flowery DS lite case on: April 29, 2008 03:17:31 AM
Me and my sister decided we were both going to make cases for our DS's a couple of weeks ago, and here's what I ended up with. I had wanted to do something a bit more complicated, but I kind of wimped out. This one was really easy, just two pieces of fabric sewn together then turned right side out, with a couple of pockets added then blanket stitched together. I'd love to make one that opens up with a zip, and I've seen some really cool ones on here, but I couldn't work out how to make them. Does anyone have any links to good DS case tutorials I could try next time?

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pointy Kitty and Boris dog on: April 29, 2008 03:08:27 AM
These two are little creatures I hand sewed. I think everyone will recognise pointy kitty as one of the free patterns from wee wonderfuls. The dog was made from a free pattern from Cath Kidston (if you google Cath Kidston Stanley dog pattern you should find it). Pointy Kitty took me ages and ages to make, compared to if I'd made it on a sewing machine, but it was quite fun. Little Boris was my first attempt at blanket stitch, so I was pretty happy with how well she turned out.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / For people who want to buy rather than make poppet clothes on: April 17, 2008 04:50:20 AM
I'd read on here that the friends2bmade dolls clothes fit poppets but you can't get them in the UK, but I found a little dress on ebay made for Groovy Girls dolls for 1 and bought it to see if it would fit- and it fits really well, maybe just a little bit tight. So Groovy Girls clothes are another option for bought poppet clothes. The stitching on it is a bit shoddy though, but you can't tell from the outside.

I posted a picture so you could see what the fit is like

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first zipper pouch on: April 16, 2008 08:49:10 AM
This is the one of the first things I made on my new sewing machine, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I made it for a friend of mine who has a wire fox terrier dog, and the little dog looks a little bit like her dog, although it's apparently supposed to be a lakeland terrier (I used a pattern piece from Cath Kidston's toy stanley dog pattern for the dog).

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / ladybird girl poppet on: April 15, 2008 07:48:56 AM

I decided that now my poppet finally has both hair and clothes she deserved her own post. I made her out of an old fleece jumper because I wanted to make a practice poppet out of something cheap in case I messed it up, since I had only just mastered sewing straight lines on my new sewing machine and curves seem a lot harder!

I think next time I will have a go at putting the ears in, and maybe even try some needle sculpting at least to do the feet properly, but I'm really pleased with how she turned out.
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