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21  Strip-pieced duffle bag: Now with tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ThatNanda on: June 10, 2008 07:52:10 PM
I love making these.  Love, love, love.  They're so easy, they make great gifts, and they are perfect for sleepovers, diaper bags, whatever. 

You will need:

Rectangle of cotton batting, roughly 31 X 23
22" separating zipper (one of those chunky, sporty kind)
Several different, colorful fabrics for strips
Rectangle of fabric, same size as batting, for lining
A Strip of cotton batting, 48" X 6"

Step one:  Get yourself a rectangle of cotton batting - mine was roughly 31 W x 23 L, but that's just because I had a rectangle of batting that size; it's a very flexible project.

Step two:  Cut strips of different fabrics, slightly longer than your W measurement, and in various widths. 

Step three:  Lay a single strip across the middle of the bag, right side up, then lay another strip on top of it, so that their right sides are together and their right edges match.  Stitch through fabric and batting.  Press open.

Step Four:  Repeat step three until one side of the batting is covered in fabric.  Then, starting from the middle strip again, do the same thing to the other side of the batting.

Step Five:  Time to neaten things up; If there is excess fabric hanging off either end of the batting rectangle, cut it off.

Step Six:  Ok, zipper time.  To make life easier, I use a separating zipper.  So separate that sucker, then place one half across the length of the bag (so it runs across every fabric strip) right sides together, matching the edge of the fabric to the fabric edge of the zipper.  Stitch.  Then match the remaining zipper half to the other side of the rectangle, edges and right sides together, and stitch.     

Step seven:  Now take your rectangle of lining fabric and lay it on top, right sides together, with the zipper sections sandwiched in between.  Stitch on the same two lines where you sewed the zipper to the pieced rectangle.  Flip so that the right sides are now facing out and press.

Step eight:  Close your zipper and stitch a couple of times across the bottom teeth - this will stop it from separating when your bag is finished.  You should now have a fabric tube.

Step nine: Making the strap: Take your 48" x 6" piece of batting.  Using leftover strips colorful fabric slightly longer than 6", piece the strap in the same manner as the bag.  Trim off excess.  Fold both ends of the 6" side of the strap toward the center, wrong sides together, tucking the outside flap about 1/2" under and centering it, then stitching right down the middle of the strap.

Step ten:  Flip your fabric tube so that the lining is on the outside.  At the side near the bottom of the zipper, lay the bag flat so that the zipper is centered, with fabric on either side, and make your seam, catching one end of the strap in it (also centered.)  At the other end, run your seam so that the zipper is at the very edge of the fabric, catching the other side of the strap in the seam (try to angle the strap in the seam, so that it seems to run smoothly out the top of the bag, and not awkwardly out the side.)  Flip bag rightside out.  You're done!                     
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22  Fat Quarter Bag - great for the beach! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ThatNanda on: June 10, 2008 07:09:40 PM
I made this bag out of six different fat quarters (mostly purple, my favorite color).

It's gathered with elastics on the sides, and on the straps, so it expands a great deal. 

It's perfect for carrying everything you need for the beach - towels, bathing suits, blankets, books, what have you.  My mom says you can even fit a four year-old child in it (I wouldn't try lifting it, but the point is, he'll fitWink)

Here's my friend Allison modeling it, full of towels.

And here's my husband, being silly.

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23  Re: Customized My Little Ponies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ThatNanda on: June 10, 2008 07:02:49 PM
Ok, well, he's nowhere near finished (in fact, he's in slightly worse shape than this at the moment) but here's Hellboy.

He started out hot pink, and I dyed him scarlet with Rit dye.  Then I added sculpey extras, baked him, and then started the long, tedious re-hairing process, which is still incomplete.  So...yeah.  Still a long way to go.  This is the concept design for him, though:

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24  Soda can clock in Completed Projects by ThatNanda on: June 09, 2008 03:02:57 PM
This came from one of those free project sheets they give out at craft stores.  You basically nail peices of soda cans to a painted wooden frame.  I love the way it looks, but it's not really that great from a practical standpoint, sadly.  It's really hard to tell what time it actually is. 

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25  Re: Creepy Cute Crochet-along? in Crochetalongs by ThatNanda on: June 09, 2008 02:58:17 PM
Thank you! 

I managed to get a picture of the purple devil after all.

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26  Re: Some dollies from "Creepy Cute Crochet" in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by ThatNanda on: June 09, 2008 02:55:05 PM
I managed to get a picture of the purple devil.   Smiley

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27  Beaded insects and arachnids in Beads: Completed Projects by ThatNanda on: June 09, 2008 02:53:00 PM
I have these all over my house, much to my mother's chagrin.   Wink

Huge wall spider, held up with that blue tacky stuff


Tiny desk spider

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28  Poodle curtain for awful retro bathroom in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ThatNanda on: June 09, 2008 02:46:42 PM
When we bought our house, it had all the original decor from the late 50's - awful shag carpeting, chandeliers, orange and brown appliances, the works.  We were able to fix all but one room - the horrible, pink and black tile bathroom.  Since it's too expensive to redo at the moment, we decided that, rather than fight it, we'd just go with it.  So we painted the upper walls teal, a la retro 50's diner, and I made a pink, fru-fru poodle curtain. 


The poodle applique came from a design on a pink and black handbag I saw at a wholesale store.  I happened to have my sketchbook on me at the time, so I sketched it out and saved it for later use.  Then when we bought the house and saw this hopeless bathroom, I knew her time had come.

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29  Customized My Little Ponies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ThatNanda on: June 08, 2008 05:45:54 PM
I've dabbled a bit in custom MLP - not much -  but here are two of my attempts. 

Ugly Pony

Elegant Balloons
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30  My Little Pony quilted Wallhanging in Quilting: Completed Projects by ThatNanda on: June 08, 2008 05:40:02 PM
I made this for my sister-in-law, who is my pony pal.  The two Ponies are Glory and Bubbles, her favorites, and they're supposed to represent her and me (I'm Glory, she's Bubbles.)

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