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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spooky Halloween Clutch on: October 16, 2010 07:33:59 AM
I'm not big on crazy costumes, but figured I'd at least make some effort with a spooky bag for Halloween night.  Not sure if it would look better if I made it bigger (like tote size)... Any thoughts/suggestions?

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ZIPPIES - Scrollwork and French Terry Cloth (more pics) on: November 21, 2009 09:06:18 AM
I found the softest french terry cloth in such vibrant colors and couldn't wait to use it!  I think my next project will have both the exterior and interior be in contrasting colors of terry.

Wish I could find more of the black and white scrollwork cotton...anyone have any?


3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sparkly Key Chains (more pics) on: November 08, 2009 02:43:06 PM
Not sure what category these go in...but 'purses,bags,wallets' seemed the closest thing.

Just finished a bunch of sparkly key rings for stocking stuffers.  So colorful and sparkly for the holidays.


Thanks for looking!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Giant Bolster Pillow on: November 02, 2009 06:29:33 AM

Been doing a bunch of custom sized bolster pillows, and I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.  It has a hidden zipper on one end and a separate, natural muslin interior case so the cover can be removed for washing.  The woman sent me her own fabric all the way from London.   A huge pain in the neck to stuff these monsters and I'm sure I look like a crazy person carrying this beast to the post office all wrapped up like a giant body bag.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Farmer's Market Tote - Pea Pods and Red Apples on: November 02, 2009 06:02:41 AM
Was needing a big ol' roomy tote bag for my purchases from the Saturday Farmer's Market in Union Square (NYC).  Roomy enough to hold a few ears of fresh corn and sturdy enough for potatoes and onions.  That was my inspiration to create this market tote. 

The natural burlap was a bit messy to work with as it tends to 'shed' little burlap-y hairs all over the place but I'm happy with the result!  Used the extra fabric to make mini change purses.


6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to clean cutting mat? on: August 16, 2009 07:06:09 AM

I recently used my cutting mat to cut some jersey knit rayon type fabric and now there is a line of the shredded fabric trapped in the cut on the mat.  Anyone know how to get it out without damaging the mat (or have I already done that)?  Why did that happen; did I press too hard with my rotary cutter?

Any help is appreciated -- don't want to ruin the fabric on my next project if it rolls over this bumpy line on the mat. 

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slasher Zippies on: June 29, 2009 07:17:09 AM
I got a little tired of turning things inside out and sewing with "right" sides together.  Hard to see what you're doing that way and easy to get confused and end up with your lining on the outside of your bag!  Sooo...I just stitched this baby face up.  Right up the sides and over the edges of the zipper (no more broken needles this way either!).  I helped the fraying process by rubbing the edges with the scissor blades. 

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sparkly Key Chains on: June 28, 2009 03:48:16 PM
So fun and SO easy to make!  I knew I'd eventually get a chance to use my rubber mallet!

(Sorry if this is in the wrong category -- Wallets and purses was the closest thing to keyrings I thought...??)

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First Large Zippered Tote - 2 more pics on: May 06, 2009 07:32:21 AM
Usually only make small bags and zippered pouches, but had a request for a large, zippered tote that someone wanted to take on a trip to Mexico as a flashy, stand-out item.  I was so concerned about getting it right and making it nice that it is so reinforced it'll probably last 20 years!  It took me a lot longer than I thought it would (mostly making the canvas handles from scratch).  Anyone got any tips on making canvas handles without all the measuring and ironing? (the two things I most despise).

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Wristlet Sophisticate (2 more pics) on: March 03, 2009 03:47:04 PM

Wanted something easier to carry than a clutch to go out at night but I didn't want a big, flowery patterned wristlet.  This wristlet seems more like a pretty bracelet to me (huh -- that gives me an idea..).  Is there a 'standard' measurement anyone uses when making a wrist strap?  I think I have really small wrists cause no one else can seem to get this on their own wrist...

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