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1  rolling carry-on in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Michele105 on: September 11, 2011 05:52:42 PM
My husband and I are going away for a long weekend next month and I realized my suitcases are falling apart.  I don't want to have to check a bag so I started looking for carry-ons when I found this one and fell in love: http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=510986&cm_mmc=Google_Feed-_-6-_-67-_-MP667

$340 was just a little more than I wanted to spend though (about $300 more actually)

So I decided to attempt my own.

I started with a kids rolling suitcase from the thrift store:

From this I cut off the rolling part and zipper.  I then drafted my pattern using the dementions from the original bag.
I started taking pictures of my process thinking I'd document it in case I wanted to make another, but about 1/4 of the way through, I started having issues and stopped taking pics.

In the end it worked out ok, but if I make another I'll change a few things.  I forgot to sew up the pockets on the inside to make smaller pockets.  So there is just one big floppy pocket inside.  I used a heavy weight interfacing but the bag still isn't stiff enough.  I'd add some plastic canvas to the sides and bottom to make it stand up on its own. 

To attach the wheel part to the bag I sandwiched it in some plastic canvas that I covered in fabric.  Hand sewed it together at the top and bottom to secure it, then hand sewed the bag to it.

Here are the pics, C&C welcome:

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2  pumpkin totem in Halloween Decor and Parties by Michele105 on: September 11, 2011 05:36:03 PM
One more project I managed to finish today.  I found some styrofoam pumpkins at the dollar store and decided to make a totem from them.  I picked up a sturdy looking wine glass for the base at the dollar store as well.  The pumpkins had a weird looking seem along the middle and so to try to hide that I covered them in spackle.  When the spackle was dry, I sanded them, painted them an off white and speckled with a brown.  Then glued the whole thing together.  Would love to hear what you think.  DH doesn't get the white pumpkin thing but I love the look

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3  Boo Apothecary in Halloween Decor and Parties by Michele105 on: September 11, 2011 05:31:08 PM
I've had fall fever, so today I decided to add a few new decorations to my collection.

This idea is all over the web: http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2010/09/boo-apothecary-jars.html

I love it, so I created my own version.

I made the apothecary jars with 3 pasta jars I picked up on clearance.  I glued on 3 candle sticks from the dollar store.  I had 2 jars that were the same height and I wanted 3 different heights so I added a small round glass tealight holder to one.  The tops were cork, I painted them black, added an egg from the craft store.  Some glittered BOO letters, a little ribbon and some candy corn.  I hope you like Smiley

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4  Daughter's room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Michele105 on: June 12, 2011 06:11:07 PM
Hi everyone.  Its been a long time since I've posted a project but I wanted to share my most recent one.

My 10 year old daughter was so over the girly pink of her room that's she's had since she was 2.  She'd been bugging me to paint it for a while, like over a year...  I decided since she had to wait so long, we'd do a complete makeover.  I wish I had progress pictures to share but I'm usually too engrossed in the process to think of taking pictures. 

The color she picked was dark, and its a small room, so I knew I needed to add lots of light.  Since she has no ceiling fixture in her room, I made this hanging chandelier out of foam board and an existing light.  :

I wanted her room to be a little grown up but still playful and young. 
Starburst mirror made with skewers:

She is a budding artist and needed a stylish space to hang her artwork and pictures.
Fabric covered cork boards:

Some other views of the room

Would love to hear what you think Smiley
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5  New bag for fall in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Michele105 on: September 03, 2010 03:13:52 PM
I found this fabric at Walmart today for $2 a yard and decided I needed a new fall bag.  I bought 2 yards but used less than one to make the bag.  I followed this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318796.0 (Thank you so much DisneyP!  Awesome tut!)

I think I need a matching scarf now Smiley

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6  First time sewing clothing from scratch and first time with a pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Michele105 on: July 18, 2010 03:37:18 PM
I saw a similar skirt in the store the other day for 80.00 and decided I'd try making one myself.  I sew, but usually just curtains and simple stuff.  I've never made clothes that I'd consider wearing outside of my house and I've never successfully made anything with a pattern.  Although these aren't perfect, I'm so proud of them.  I can't wait to try making more. 

Sorry for the blurry pics.  Here is the skirt:

The waist is a little big (I was so afraid of cutting too much, I cut too little) That's easy enough to take in later though

Side view:

Back: This was my first real zipper.  What a pain!  I had to redo it twice and its still not perfect, but its good enough.

I made a flower out of the scraps.  I thought I'd either wear it on my hair or on my jacket lapel or pin it to a string of pearls to coordinate with the skirt:

I used this pattern for the skirt, but I shortened it quite a bit.  http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=4413

And here is the top:

I used this tutorial for the top: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MPnUhI8c-Q

Would love to hear what you think

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7  shirt to dress recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Michele105 on: July 13, 2010 05:40:45 PM
This is my first recon. I bought this shirt a year an a half ago.  In the store I loved it but once I got it home I could never figure out what to wear it with.  The way the bottom hung, it just didn't look right with anything.  So I decided it needed to be a dress.

Here is the before:

and the after:

would love to hear what you think and welcome any tips or suggestions to make it better Smiley
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8  Skirt pattern? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Michele105 on: July 05, 2010 04:17:02 PM
Hi everyone, I'm new to this board.  I saw this skirt today and fell in love.  But then I saw the price and almost choked.  So I was thinking I'd try to make my own.  I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good pattern to use or a good place to look for one?  I'm not a great sewer, do you think this would be a difficult skirt to make?

Thanks for your help! Smiley
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9  Lunch bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Michele105 on: June 15, 2010 05:46:05 PM
I'm trying to eat healthier and save money at the same time so I've been taking lunch to work and decided I needed a cute bag to carry it in:

Close up of the button flower:

and the lining:

I kept it super simple, it only took me an hour or so to make.  I think I'll make a couple more in different sizes.
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10  portfolio/organizer - lots of pictures in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Michele105 on: June 12, 2010 07:36:31 PM
I decided I needed something stylish to keep me organized so this is what I came up with:

I used this as a guide but didn't follow the pattern or directions (which is probably why it came out a little wonky!) :
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