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1  Re: AWESOME WALL LETTERS-----WITH TUTE!!! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: May 25, 2009 01:24:57 PM
I've had this post bookmarked for a LONG time. But now I finally found a reason to make some letters! We're having a little boy, who's due in September. And the crafting has begun! Expect some finished room pics in late July!

So here's what I did: (btw, I used a different kind of sealer that said "clear satin finish," so my letters aren't really shiny like in the tute)

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2  Marlo Bloom Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: November 04, 2008 01:35:38 PM
It's been a while since I've posted. I'm still sewing (and definitely still lurking all the time), but I don't seem to have time to sew anything for myself.

I have been stalking Heather Bailey's blog and her website. She has some new patterns out, and once I saw the Marlo Bloom pattern, I had to have it! Here's a link to her website where you can see/buy the pattern: http://www.heatherbaileystore.com/product-p/sp004-mb.htm

This pattern, for those who are interested in such things, was very clear and the instructions were easy to follow, which is NOT to say that this bag was easy. The handles...oh my. But somehow, I made it through that tedious part. Everything else was fine until the very end, when the instructions said to gather the top part of the bag. Mind you, the bag was an outer layer of cotton, plus a cotton lining with fusible fleece interfacing. Every time I tried to pull the bobbin thread, it just snapped after gathering about an inch. Eventually, I just gave up and pleated both sides. It still looks about right, I think.

Some things I did differently than the pattern: (1) I put a regular magnetic clasp in the handles, not the kind of magnets that Heather suggests. So my bag isn't reversible. (2) I used non-fusible heavyweight interfacing on the handles and then used Heat 'n Bond to attach the fabric to the front and around to the back of each piece. (3) I pleated the sides of the bag, as I explained earlier.

Ok. Sorry for the novel. Here are the pictures!

I forgot to take a picture of the lining. It's white with black polka dots and there are no pockets (I was too impatient!)

Comments and criticism welcome. Thanks for looking!
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3  Zip-top Houndstooth Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: September 08, 2008 06:23:10 PM
I've been scared of zippers for a long time. But once I saw this tutorial, I thought maybe, just maybe I could do it. So I did! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263673.0 Thanks, Alliemac!

I bought the fabric at Joann. It's the 45" home dec stuff and the lining and handles are black twill. The purse is about 11" wide at the top and about 10" high and 3 1/2" deep. The outer fabric is interfaced with fusible fleece (my fav!) On the inside, I put one big pocket for my cell phone so it is easily accessible. And I also did 3 pen/pencil pockets. The applique is a scrap piece of some basic pink cotton that I also got at Joann on sale for $1.99/yd.

Anyway, I hope you like it! I'm soooo proud. :-D

I'm not sure why it looks so wonky in the pic. It's not.

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4  Red, White and Black Stripwork Skirt with Tee in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by erin33084 on: July 12, 2008 02:00:47 PM
I feel like I haven't posted in a while. It's not because I haven't been sewing!

Anyway, this is my second attempt at a stripwork skirt. The first one I made for my niece for her birthday. It was pink and green...so cute. But I wasn't thinking and sent it off without taking a single pic. Even when she came to visit me, I couldn't manage to get a pic of her wearing it. Oh well, this one is much better anyway! I think the colors look so back-to-school like!

Comments and criticism welcome. Thanks for looking!

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5  Pink and Green Diaper Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: June 26, 2008 04:17:41 PM
I saw this tute by kokoleo a LONG time back. 
And I've been wanting to make it, but I don't have any kids myself. If you don't have kids, then you don't need a diaper bag! So I was waiting and waiting for someone, anyone to get pregnant. Finally my friend did! Yay! I made this and a personalized minky blanket for her.

EDIT: I don't know if people are actually interested, but I forgot to include construction-type details. For the outer fabric, I used fusible fleece (my favorite!!). And on the lining fabric, I used a light-weight interfacing. I also sewed in a piece of plastic canvas on the bottom, which made it a serious PITA to work with. But it was so worth it. The bag stands up really nicely on its own, and the bottom doesn't sag! Success!

The colors look really bright in the pictures. They're really not, well not AS bright!  Wink
me holding the bag

one of the elastic pockets on the sides

the pacifier holder

the inside with one big pocket and the pacifier holder

Next up, one of these for my sister, who is not even pregnant yet!
Thanks for looking!

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6  Shirred Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: May 18, 2008 01:40:01 PM
A few weekends ago, I made a top (McCall's 5586) that was really cute on the hanger, but just didn't fit right. It was too tight at the top and then made me look pregnant around the middle. This is it: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244108.msg2696934#msg2696934
I knew I would never wear it. But I was in LOVE with the fabric. It's Alexander Henry and I couldn't let it go!

So I made a skirt. I just cut off the top part of the shirt. Then I shirred it. I had to add a black band to the bottom because it was a little short for me. I don't like skirts that are above my knee. Anyway, I think this is a much better use of material!

A little blurry, but here's the shirring...and a wee tummy shot. You're welcome!  Wink

Thanks for looking! Comments and/or criticisms are welcome, of course.

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7  Asia-ish/Hawaiian-ish Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: May 12, 2008 04:58:21 PM
I know, I know. Three purses in three days...nuts. And I'm supposed to be sick today. Anyway, this one is just like the mother's day patchy tote that I made yesterday. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245459.0) Except this doesn't have patches. Instead, this one is Alexander Henry fabric. And I think it looks Asian/Hawaiian, but way cool.

Hope you like it!
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8  Mother's Day Patchy Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: May 11, 2008 07:06:47 PM
I've been obsessed with patches lately. But I think, really, this is the last patchy item for a long time.

This tote is for my mom for Mother's Day. Her favorite colors are "fuchsia" and black. She really means hot pink. But she's sorta conservative, so I knew I couldn't do some hip, modern print. So I went to Joann and found this pack of fat quarters and they were perfect.

Other info:
about 11" wide, 11" high, and 4" deep
black lining with 2 pockets, one on each side
fusible fleece on the inside
plastic canvas in the bottom

So how'd I do?

Thanks for looking

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9  Patchy Hobo Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: May 10, 2008 05:08:19 PM
I don't know if I should really call this a hobo bag. It doesn't seem slouchy enough for that. But I used a tute that called it that, so I will too. http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=HOBO_BAG

The tute seemed simple enough. So I decided to switch things up and make it infinitely harder on myself. I made it patchy because I made myself a patchwork circle skirt a few weekends ago
( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=243959.msg2695274#msg2695274 ) , and had a bunch of patches left over. Plus, I LOVE brown.

And I think I love this purse. But I'm not sure. I think I'm still hating it because of all the trouble it gave me, and eventually I'll get over it. By the time I got to the lining, I didn't even put any pockets in. I just couldn't do it. I wanted to be done really bad. I'm so glad it's finally finished.

My husband asked if I was going to make some to sell. I said, "Hell, no! Never again!"  Grin

for size reference

closer view



Faux Tortoise Ring

Sorry for the novel and so many pictures. Thanks for looking!
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10  McCall's 5586 Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by erin33084 on: May 04, 2008 01:12:48 PM
I've been a busy little bee this weekend. And strangely enough, I spent it making things for me. I never make clothes for me!

So I had seen some people post some really cute circle/oval neckline tops. Someone had used McCall's 5586 so I tried that one. I'm not too happy with it. The fabric (Alexander Henry) looked really cute, but it wasn't on me. And it didn't fit quite right. And it makes me look pregnant. But it's wearable and DH thinks it's cute.

No action shots, sorry.  Sad
I haven't hemmed it yet. Haven't decided if it's worth it.

Fabric Detail - LOVE this print. I'm making a purse with the leftovers!

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